Jul 20, 2011

Genting Highlands Pahang - City of Entertainment

Genting Highlands is located about 1850 meters above sea level, the mountain peak within the Titiwangsa Mountains on the border between the states of Pahang and Selangor. The temperature in Genting is about 13°C to 25°C range. Genting Highlands is the first and famous mountain resort founded by Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong in the late 1960s, currently lead his son Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay.
One of the Genting’s uniqueness is the Genting Skyway. It connects Genting Highlands with the skyway station in Gohtong Jaya town. Genting Skyway is recognized as the longest skyway in South East Asia covering a distance of 3.8 kilometers. It is also the world’s fastest skyway, with maximum travel speed of 6 meters per second.
What To Do
Genting Highland is a family-oriented tourist spot. Every year, during peak seasons like public holidays and festive seasons, Genting Highlands can get very crowded with tourists from local and other countries especially tourists from Singapore. Visitors are advised to make accommodation booking one month earlier to avoid disappointment.
Genting Highlands, dubbed as the “City of Entertainment”, is the only legal casino in Malaysia. There are two casinos in Genting Highlands, namely Casino de Genting and StarWorld Casino, which open to general public. It operates 24 hours and only non-Muslim visitors with over 21 years old are allowed for entry. A notional dress code applies, no T-shirts, shorts and sandals are allowed. Casinos in Genting Highlands offer many popular games like Roulette, Baccarat, Blackjack, Tai Sai, Pai Gow, and Carribean Stud Poker. Apart from that, there are countless slot machines, most required signing up with Genting’s WorldCard system if you want to withdraw any winnings.
Apart from visiting to casinos, Genting’s outdoor and indoor theme parks are the best entertainment and recreational choice suitable for entire family. Families with children can have so much fun in Genting outdoor theme park features more than 20 classic entertainments like Chelsea Bus, Double Deck Carousel, Corkscrew, Spinner, Rolling Thunder, Mine Train, Fun Kart, Cyclone, Flying Coaster, Flying Dragon, Monorail, Mini Train, Tea Cup, and Flying Jumbo. That is not all, indoor theme park at First World Plaza also features much unique amusement rides. In addition, there is also outdoor water entertainment like Bumper Boat and indoor splash pool.
Genting Highland’s Arena of Stars often hosts big events like awards ceremonies and concerts. It is a musical amphitheater for mostly musical performance capable of holding up to 6,000 people at a time.
Genting Highland is also a great place for shopping and dining. It is the Malaysia’s self-proclaimed highest shopping mall. Dining experience in Genting Highland can be very refreshing and enjoyable with its cool temperature. Prices for food can be twice or more compared to Kuala Lumpur and most restaurants are halal. Visitors at Genting Highlands can have many F&B choices. For example, budget dining at fast food chains such as McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, and Marry Brown. Or local food delicacies like Penang Food Village and Canteen Station Highland; Mid-range dining at Chinese restaurants such as Causeway Bay, Shanghai 10, and Coffee Terrance with an international buffet; Splurge dining at The Olive restaurant, the Genting’s signature award-winning restaurant. For nightlife lovers, Safari, Cloud 9, Sports Book and Patio are places to hang around. For coffee lovers, Starbucks, Coffee Beans and Tea Leaf are your choices.
How to Get There
By bus
There are frequent buses from various points in Kuala Lumpur heading to Genting’s Gohtong Jaya. The most economical and convenient way to travel to Genting Highland is through the Genting Express Bus service. Tourists are advised to make booking in advance as tickets are normally sold out in weekends and peak seasons. All buses cost around RM6.60 to RM9.50 (with Skyway Cable Car ticket) in one way and take about one hour to reach Genting’s Gohtong Jaya Skyway Cable Car Station, from where visitors take a skyway ride of about 11minutes to reach Genting. All buses departing after 8pm will head directly to Genting Highland. The Genting Express Bus service can be found at Puduraya bus station, KL Sentral Station, Hentian Duta Station, and Terminal PUTRA LRT Gombak.
By Car
If you are driving, it will take approximately 45 minutes to reach Genting Highlands from Kuala Lumpur on the Karak Highway. You can choose to drive your car straight to the Genting Highland or park at Gohtong Jaya and take Genting Skyway ride up to Genting Highland mountain peak.
If you are looking for a lavish ride, you can choose Genting chauffeur-driven Limousine service which will pick you up anywhere nationwide including Singapore. For more information, please call the Genting Transport Reservations Centre at (603) 6251 8393 or (603) 6253 1815
Genting Highland has more than 10,000 rooms for visitors to choose. Ranging from budget to luxury five start hotels. All hotels run the same reservation center, visitors can book by phone at (603)27181118 or online booking.
Genting Hotel (5 star)
Genting Hotel is towering majestically at 6,000 feet above sea level. It is the earliest and 5 star international class rating hotel in Genting Highlands. Genting Hotel offers wide range of facilities such as Business Centre, Shopping Outlets, Casino, Indoor Heated Swimming Pool and Jacuzzi. Also, dining choices like The Olive, Ming Ren Restaurant, Genting Palace, Coffee Terrace, Lao Di Fang, New Orleans Barbecue, The Bakery, Safari Disco, Sports Book, Cloud 9, Be A Star Karaoke Box, Fast Food Restaurants.
Highland Hotel (5 star)
Highland Hotel is a 5 star rating hotel located adjacent to the Genting Hotel. It is furnished as a Scottish castle with dark oak panels and low lighting. It has 932 exquisite rooms open to invited high rollers and Genting WorldCard Silver and above only. Apart from facilities such as Business Centre, Shopping Outlets, Casino, Indoor Heated Swimming Pool, visitors can find great dining experience at Imperial Rama, Ming Ren, Emperor’s Court, VIP Restaurant, Good Friends Restaurant, Good Friends Express Restaurant, Fortune Corner, Good Luck Restaurant, Pizza Factory, Spice Garden, The Eatery, Starbucks Coffee, Baskin Robbins, Famous Amos, Hotdog 1901, Sushi King.
First World Hotel (3 star)
First World Hotel has more than 6,118 well-furnished rooms, one the largest hotel in the world by The Guinness World Records. First World Hotel is catered towards the masses and the budget conscious. The main selling point is the price, rack rate is RM240, and advance booking for weekday promotions can be as little as RM20.
First World Hotel is adjoined to the First World Plaza where visitors can find Starworld Casino, shopping centre, Cineplex, Indoor Theme Park, F&B outlets like Ristorante Torcello’s, First World Cafe, Hou Mei Noodles House, Restoran Hainan Kitchen, Lakeview Seafood Restaurant, The Patio, Plaza Cafe, Causeway Bay Restaurant, Platinum Curry House, Ah Yat Abalone Forum Restaurant, Fast Food Restaurants.

Theme Park hotel (3 star)
Theme Park Hotel is a French-themed castle-village-hotel notionally modeled on the 16th-century village of Colmar in Alsace, France, complete with drawbridge..It is one of the pioneer hotels in Genting Highlands with over 20 yrs of history. It is a 3 star rating hotel located within easy reach from the Arena of Stars and Genting Theme Park. Choices of F&B to choose from are Happy Valley Restaurant, Penang Food Village, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Marry Brown.
Resort Hotel (3 star)
Resort Hotel is a 4 star rating hotel adjacent to the Genting Hotel. It has 838-rooms with its own Casino and F&B outlets like Resort Cafe, Kampong Restaurant, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

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