Remote Pahang Malaysia Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Genting Highlands is special ?
What to explore at Genting Highlands?
Outdoor Theme Park
The outdoor theme park is Genting Highland's largest family attraction, offering recreational activities and amusement rides in a cooling environment high up the mountain slopes. Visitors can explore over 50 types of rides, including roller coasters, ferris wheels, swings, carousels, trains, cars and ships that tumble through the air, barrel down water channels or crawl slowly along a steel track. Boating, archery and go-karts are more activity choices, while mini concerts and performances by clowns and mascots provide crowd entertainment on holiday weekends. On most days, the Genting Theme Park is easily the liveliest spot on the peak, next to the casinos.
First World Plaza
First World Plaza is a shopping mall complex at Genting Resort, housing the indoor theme park and First World Hotel, perched above. Glamourous and bold, the First World Plaza is as bright inside as its multi-coloured facade, with cartoonish statues, neon lights and overhanging numerous replicas of international landmarks, such as the Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower and Petronas Twin Towers scattered randomly throughout the mall. An integral attraction of Genting Resort, the Indoor Theme Park provides lighter versions of its outdoor rides, such as carousels, roller coasters and a slow-moving ferris wheel with an emphasis on families and children.
Strawberry, Temple, Farm
Genting Highlands has a myriad range of attractions for the whole family to enjoy, beside the theme parks and shopping centers at the peak. The Strawberry Farm at Gohtong Jaya is a place where the whole family can pluck strawberries and purchase them by weight. Near the peak, the Mushroom Farm is an established tourist attraction that also houses a souvenir shop, vegetable market and seafood restaurants. Next, Chin Swee Temple is a sprawling Chinese temple complex with many architectural displays that include giant statues, prayer halls and a pagoda tower. Finally, Happy Bee Farm produces local honey with a gallery open to visitors along with an insect display.
From Genting Highlands, several places of interest lie in the outskirts along Karak Highway. Janda Baik is a lush nature valley lined with traditional villages and eco resorts, a popular getaway for the weekend among families and even team building retreats. Ulu Yam is a small town along one of the trunk routes to Genting from Rawang, which is famous for its 'Loh Mee', a type of noodle dish from Chinese cuisine. Similarly, Gohtong Jaya is a satellite town 5km before the peak that's famous for its Chinese eateries. Finally, there's Bukit Tinggi, a countryside escape among the hills along the Karak Highway that also features another highland resort destination (Colmar Tropicale).
The natural surroundings of Genting Highlands are home to ecological treasures that include primary rainforest regions, meandering rivers and majestic waterfalls. Nature activities such as birdwatching, jungle-trekking, 4WD expeditions and waterfall hunting are common around these parts, and for most places, fairly accessible by paved and gravel roads that taper off from the Karak Highway and major trunk routes leading around Genting Highlands, Bukit Tinggi, Ulu Yam and Bentong districts. For some of these nature destinations, a small ticket fee is charge for entry - but others are free and come with public facilities that include gazebos, washrooms and barbeque pits.
How to get to Genting Highlands?
Genting Highlands is located along the Titiwangsa Mountain Range in Pahang, skirting the border of Selangor state. This tourist destination has some of the best highways and roads connected to Kuala Lumpur and neighbouring cities like Petaling Jaya. Most visitors drive themselves up by car, but buses and taxis are also common modes of transport. From the base of Genting Highlands after exiting Karak Highway, travellers climb up the mountain slope gradually on broad but windy roads, passing through Gohtong Jaya town before a steep ascend past Chin Swee Temple to the peak. A cable car service is also available from Gohtong Jaya to the resort and theme park.
From Kuala Lumpur and Singapore
Most travellers will start their journey from Kuala Lumpur, the nearest city which is linked by a highway and two major trunk roads. Visitors from Singapore will first travel to Kuala Lumpur (3 hours) via the North-South Highway. From Kuala Lumpur, the most popular route is the Karak Highway which is accessed from the end of the MRR2 Freeway in Ampang/Gombak. Drive time takes about an hour, with a distance covering approximately 35km to the peak. The seemingly slow drive is due to the windy and steep mountain road that starts from the base of Genting Highlands. The Karak Highway charges a toll rate of MYR5, but free access is available via trunk route from Batang Kali/Ulu Yam (from Rawang) or Gombak (old Bentong road).
Buses travel to Genting Highlands daily from various destinations around Kuala Lumpur, either directly to the resort or ending at Genting Skyway (cable car station). Departures continue throught the day and night at ticket prices between MYR5-12, depending on location from KL. While there are special routes from major shopping malls and urban residential areas, catering mostly for gamblers, the major bus routes begin from KL Sentral, Pudu Sentral (Puduraya) and Terminal Putra LRT Gombak. There are also express buses from Singapore and other states across Malaysia (check local listings).
As Genting Highlands is an integrated resort development, the theme park, hotels and attractions on the peak are connected via a maze of walkways and passages, making it relatively easy to cover the entire place in short time. Many visitors will use the cable car service from Genting Skyway in Gohtong Jaya town, as it's a convenient way up the peak with dramatic views of the valley. At the peak, the main road travels through and around Genting Resort in a loop, with a junction to exit downhill back to Kuala Lumpur via the Chin Swee Temple Bypass. As the road is steep, drive slowly and be gentle on the brakes.
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Tips for you
Anyone can experience the warmth here.Ok the place is high up in the clouds so there is a chill and also there is a central air conditioning.But you get to see features geared for gambling.Apart from that there is a mall feeling.You see large amount of people and lots of rides for children and adults. There is also a Ripleys Believe or Not section.True most of the area is under renovation but you can see some features at lower prices.There is a premium for some rides. After all when we end our lives we can say we have been here and done this or that. This is a place to bring children.Motivate them to do well in their studies.Also take as many photos as possible. There are food stores that you see in the KL area and more unique ones too. All items are over priced....what did you expect? Do prepare yourself to walk for hours within the building complex. There are free bus shuttle services but this will involve walking. Do note that the cable car service lands into the Maxims Hotel area. Also be prepared to walk from one area to another to get food or special items.There are Banks and ATM machines too.