Planning a family holiday from Pakistan to Malaysia? Genting Highlands near Kuala Lumpur should definitely be on your list if you are planning to stay for a couple of days in Kuala Lumpur City. Genting Highlands is a world-class tourist attraction located in the Titiwangsa Mountains 80 km northeast of Kuala Lumpur city. The region is easily accessible by car and bus and is a very popular weekend destination both for Malaysians and Singaporean tourists. Genting is famous for casinos, outdoor theme parks, shopping centers, and outdoor activities.
Why Genting Highlands is one of the most visited locations in Kuala Lumpur City?
A recent attraction to the area is a cable car ( Awana Skyway) connecting the bus stop near Genting Resorts to Awana Resorts. The cable car is a replacement for the old chair lift. On a clear day, Genting Highlands commands good views of Kuala Lumpur. There is no need for air-conditioning in the hotels as the nights are very cool and you would need a jacket if walking outside the main buildings. This cool temperature attracts large crowds over the weekends trying to escape the summer heat and noise of the city. Here are some of the great reasons to travel to Genting Highlands ->
- World Class Hotels and Resorts located 1000m above sea level overlooking Kuala Lumpur City
- Amazing indoor and outdoor entertainment for children including Skytropolis Theme Park
- Awana Cable Car that takes you from Ghotong Jaya to Awana Resorts
- World-class indoor entertainment venues
- Best Casinos in Malaysia
- Hundreds of Restaurants and shopping outlets
- Scenic mountain drive to Berjaya Hills
Genting is most popular with family travellers because of a number of attractions for children including Skytroplis Indoor Theme Park, Gaming Arcades in the Casino Area, Snow World, The Void, The Ripleys Believe It or Not, and Strawberry Farms at Ghotong Jaya.
Travelling By Bus to Genting Highlands
The easiest way to Genting Highlands is to get a return ticket from KL Central. The buses operate all throughout the day and take 1.5 hours to get to the cable car. The trip is very comfortable as the road conditions are amazing.
Catch Go Genting Bus from KL Sentral
The last bus leaves Genting Highlands around 10 pm and drops you at KL Central.
Go Genting is a special bus service for a return trip from KL Sentral in Kuala Lumpur. The tickets cost RM 106 (as of 31.5.2020). Buy this package at Resorts One Bus Terminal in KL Sentral. (shown in pictures above)
The Go Genting Package includes:
- Return express coach ticket from (Gombak, KL Sentral, one Utama, pudu Sentral to Resorts World Genting)
- Return Awana Transfer for Skyway (Cable Car)
- Lunch (1x Main course + drink)
- Skytropolis indoor Theme Park 1-Day Pass ( normally priced at RM 90)
Driving from Kuala Lumpur to Genting Highlands
Alternatively, if you want to save time, the best way to visit Genting is to rent a taxi which costs around RM 500 for a day trip to the highlands.
The ticket for the cable car costs around 10RM for a return ticket. Therefore, you can either get dropped off near the cable car terminal or go all the way to First World Casino Car Park.
Visit world-class Casinos in Genting Highlands
Genting Highlands is developed in the 1960s as a casino-resort town. Genting attracts high rollers from across the region, particularly Singapore. Direct tours are organized from Singapore to Genting Highlands. Another reason for the popularity is indoor and outdoor theme parks for children and Arena of Stars for international performances.
Theme Parks ( Skytropolis – an indoor theme park at Genting Highlands)
There is an outdoor theme under construction which will complete in the year 2020 and will be a great attraction for kids and adults alike. Currently, there is an indoor theme park Skytropolis, a snow wonderland, and a gaming area open that provides a whole day of entertainment for the children.
Views of Skytropolis Indoor Theme Park at Genting Highlands
Shopping at Premium Outlets at Genting Highlands
Genting offers world-class shopping as recently a new shopping center has been built near the cable car terminal and at Awana Resort. The multiple-story shopping Mall has international and local brands for clothing and fashion.
Strawberry Farms & Lavender Farms at Ghotong Jaya
Strawberry and Lavender farm is a popular attraction in the Ghotong Jaya area on the way to Genting Highlands. Visitors can walk through the strawberry gardens and pick up their own strawberries for RM8 /100 grams. You can buy other local products including Lavender tea and lavender-based products as well as local honey. The overall experience is quite an enjoyable learning exercise for children.
Strawberry and Lavender Farms at Ghotong Jaya is a great stopover on the way to Genting Highlands
Horse Riding and Outdoor Activities
If you plan to stay for a day or two at Genting Highlands there are a number of outdoor activities like horse riding, trail rides, and fun rides.
Visit Kuala Gandah Elephants Conservation Center
This location is within driving distance from Genting and is home to 500 elephants that are saved from poaching. The location has animal feeding hours around lunchtime. Make sure to plan your trip to arrive at the location at the right time to get up and close to the beautiful animals.
Genting Highlands Golf Resort attracts a number of golfers who want to enjoy the lush green location and relax for a few days in the highlands. Flying Fox adventure is another attraction at the same location.
Tropicale Colmar – Bukit Tinggi – A French Styled Village
Tropicale Colmar is a French Styled Village located in Berjaya Hills. The place is a must-visit if you are planning a day trip to Genting Highlands. Tropicale Colmar has located another 25 km from Genting turn-off from Freeway to Kuantan. The entrance is a winding road that takes you to an entrance gate where RM 15 per person fee is charged for access to The Chateau, Tropicale Colmar, and Japanese Garden.
Tropicale Colmar is located in the serene and beautiful surroundings of rolling Berjaya Hills with access to Gardens, Golf resorts, and outdoor activities. The village has a couple of authentic French restaurants, cafes, a hotel, and a clock tower that commands amazing views of the surrounding area.
The Chateau at Bukit Tinggi
Chateau is a 5 Star resort with excellent facilities to enjoy an escape from the hectic life in Kuala Lumpur. Only one hour’s drive from the CBD Chateau located in Berjaya hill offers an ideal environment to relax and unwind.
During your stay at Chateau, you can enjoy outdoor activities including horse riding, and visiting the Japanese Garden, Adventure Park, Rabbit Park, and Golf Course.
Trip Notes to Genting Highlands from Kuala Lumpur by Ibextrails Team in Late 2019
This trip was undertaken in October 2019. We took a longer way driving to Batang Kali and then driving up to Genting Highlands. Watch the video recording of this trip (below).
Genting Highlands gets foggy even in the middle of summer as the climb up to the top of the mountain is approximately around 800m.
If you plan to stay in the area for two or more days is enough to explore the interesting destinations of Fraser Hills, Waterfalls, and Bukit Tinggi. A day trip can be easily organized from KL by driving, catching a bus, or organizing.
The following images include temples on the road to Genting Highlands, Chairlift (replaced by cable car in 2018), First World Hotel (the biggest hotel in the world with more than 6000 rooms), Awana Resort, and Genting First World.
We stayed at First World Resort, which is one of the biggest hotels in the world with more than 7000+ Rooms. Mid-week is the best time to book the rooms as you can save up to 50% on room bookings.