The Ultimate Guide For Your Getaway To Genting Highlands


Aishah •  Oct 12, 2019

Who else is bummed that the much-anticipated 20th Century Fox Theme Park is cancelled? ☹️

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Well, fret not, for Genting itself is on the rescue! Plans to open the outdoor theme park still remains despite FOX's pull-out. While it may take some time before we can enjoy it, Genting's current theme parks and hotels are more than enough to keep us busy with fun - it is after all dubbed as "the city of entertainment"! So, here's our compilation on the things to see, do, and eat in Genting Highlands ?

How to get there?

If you're coming from KL by car, take the North-South Expressway and exit at Sungai Besi. Keep to the left of Karak Highway and turn to Genting Highlands. For public transportation, you can use the Genting Express Bus service available at One Utama Shopping Mall (Petaling Jaya), Terminal Putra LRT Gombak, Pudu Sentral, and KL Sentral Station. Tickets can be purchased at the respective bus stations and are priced between RM7.60 to RM8.50 per adult (one-way) and RM6.30 to RM6.70 for children (one-way), based on your boarding station. Take note that the ticket is inclusive of the Awana SkyWay cable car ride, which costs RM9 (one-way) if you were to buy it separately. You can use the same bus service for your return trip but keep in mind of the final departure time.

What to Do?

1. Have a blast with their various theme parks!

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Let's begin with Genting's most famous attraction - their awesome indoor park! Replacing the old First World Indoor Theme Park, the new and upgraded Skytropolis Funland is now open for business and word has it, it's lots of fun! ?

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With 17 rides readily available for visitors, this indoor park promises an exciting time for everyone! Buzzing with colourful lights everywhere you turn, go on the classic carousel ride, take an aerial tour around with their Copper Express train, and unleash the inner racer in you with their thrilling Bumper Boss! Each ride is priced at RM10 on weekdays and RM15 during the weekend, school and public holidays, and eve of public holidays. Alternatively, you can get the preview pass at RM60 for all available rides. Ticket purchases can be done at their ticketing counter or kiosk or you can book them online here.

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Virtual reality is all the rage these days and here at Genting, you can take part in a VR adventure with your friends and family. The Void offers a hyper-reality, fully immersive VR experience with compelling storylines packed with action and twists. Disguise as a stormtrooper as you infiltrate the enemy facility in a galaxy far far away, bust out your moves against ghosts and other supernatural foes in a New York apartment, and wreck the internet with Ralph and friends ? Each session accommodates four people per group and will take roughly around 30 minutes or more. You can check out the price for a single admission of each title here!

P.S. Check out these other exciting theme parks in Southeast Asia!

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Discover and be prepared to be stunned by the world's wacky and baffling oddities at Ripley's Believe it or Not! Adventureland. Walk through the auditorium with its large collection (more than 300 to be exact) of odd, shocking and wonderful artefacts and exhibits. Expect to get up close and personal with the dinosaurs and the prehistoric era at the Jurassic Research Centre and experience a zombie apocalypse at the terrifying Zombie Outbreak!

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That's not all! For more fun and games, head on over to the BigTop Video Games Park, Genting's very own circus-themed arcade. There's also Vision City Video Games Park at the Lower Lobby of Genting Grand. With a wide variety of carnival and top-quality arcade games, you will have a hard time leaving this place ?

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And of course, how we can we forget Genting's SnowWorld, the OG winter wonderland here in Peninsular Malaysia (or perhaps the whole of Malaysia!) ❄️ Bring your jacket and gloves along because it's going to be cold - it's -6 degrees in there! Go for a romantic stroll around the European-themed village and up your Instagram game with the many quirky photo cut-outs sprinkled throughout SnowWorld!

P.S. Need another winter getaway? These chilly places in Southeast Asia are perfect for you!

2.Shop til' you drop at Genting Premium Outlets!

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Go for a shopping spree up above the clouds at the open-air Genting Premium Outlets! Find high-end brands the likes of Michael Kors, Ted Baker, Kate Spade New York, Coach, Guess, and a whole lot more at discounted prices up to 70%! It is also just a 5-minute walk from Awana Bus Terminal, Genting's new transport hub and where you'll be dropped off if you're taking the Genting Bus Express. Talk about convenient ?

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Feeling hungry while you peruse and purchase the many affordable designer items of your liking? Head on over to their spacious food court or franchise eateries such as Absolute Thai, DubuYo and OLDTOWN White Coffee to name a few ? By nightfall, Genting Premium Outlets boasts an impressive night view with all the lights and expansive skyline. Coupled with the chilly weather, this is one shopping heaven you don't want to miss!

3.Go on a cable car ride with a view!

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No article on Genting is complete without mentioning one of their famous attractions - their scenic and much-loved cable car ride! There are two cable car systems serving Genting Highlands, the modern Awana SkyWay and the older Genting Skyway. Awana SkyWay is the main cableway while the latter is used when Awana SkyWay undergoes construction (which you can check on their website) and during busy periods such as weekends and public or school holidays. If you're using their bus service, it'll directly bring you to the cable ride that's in operation. Fare wise, Awana SkyWay offers two types of gondolas - the standard one priced at RM9 per person and the glass-floor gondola faring at RM 18 per person. The Genting Skyway only comes in one variety (standard) which is RM 8 per person and its line starts from the town of Gohtong Jaya.

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Regardless of which skyway you choose to board, expect to be in awe of the jaw-dropping scenery presented before you - the vast open sky and the calming greenery beneath and around you. Breathe in the crisp mountain air and fly up in style to the highlands where fun time awaits! ?

P.S. For more stunning views, check out this list of scenic landscapes that will take your breath away.

What to see?

1.Chin Swee Caves Temple

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It might come as a surprise but Genting is not just all fun and games. It has its share of history, arts and culture as well. One of the places that displays all of these is the magnificent Chin Swee Caves Temple! Situated on the edge of a rocky cliff, this grand temple is built by the late founder of Genting Highlands himself.  A popular mid-way stop to or back from Resort World Genting, passengers aboard the cableway can disembark for free at the Chin Swee station to visit this temple. Just remember to keep your ticket with you for when you get back onto the gondola!

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Explore the spacious temple ground and feast your eyes on the breathtaking view nature has to offer on the SkyTerrace, at no extra cost! Their iconic nine-story pagoda is also a sight to behold, especially at night when all the lamps are lit. Revel in the cool weather as you take lots of Insta-worthy snaps at every corner you go.

P.S. Make sure to visit these other Instagram worthy spots.

2. SeniKome Péng Hēng

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A visit to Genting's art centre, SeniKome Péng Hēng is a perfect treat for lovers of arts and culture. Offering an immersive cultural experience pertaining to the arts originating from the East Coast of Malaysia (Terengganu, Pahang and Kelantan), you're guaranteed a well-spent time here by gaining knowledge as well as a deeper appreciation for the yesteryear.

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Admission fee is RM9.50 per entrance and the gallery is open from 10am to 10pm daily. Join their 30-minute guided experience tour for deeper insight into their exhibition for free! Kids will have a fun time learning in their experimental areas where you can have a go at a variety of traditional games such as congkak, batu seremban, and hopscotch. Don't forget to snap a picture or two with their many eye-catching artefacts and artworks.

3. SkySymphony

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A cinematic visual feast of huge proportions and grandeur, SkySymphony is an impressive display spreading across Genting's latest lifestyle mall, SkyAvenue. Free to the public, you can easily watch it from any floor at any moment during your time in the mall. As the largest winch installation in Asia with 1,001 winch balls suspended from a four-storey high ceiling, you'll be mesmerised by the spectacular orchestra of lights, sound and visuals. The theme of the display changes every hour so you'll never get bored as you traverse around the shopping complex ?

What to Eat?

Disclaimer: This list features eateries which serve alcohol. This has been clearly marked out below and we recommend that you dine at your own discretion.

1. Burger & Lobster

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Mention Genting to any food lovers and they are sure to bring up the famous Burger & Lobster hailing all the way from the UK! As the only chain in Malaysia, this is the place to go to for a knock-out feast of fresh lobster that is finger-licking good ?

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Their must-try delicacy has to be the Chilli Lobster, a specialty dish of spicy lobster served in clay pot with a signature brioche that you can get only here at Genting's Burger and Lobster. You can also have a go at their B&L Burger, a beef and lobster combo with Tarragon and Truffle sauce served with chips and salad. So, put on your bib and enjoy your sumptuous meal up above the clouds!

Halal status: Halal meat available. Do note that alcohol is served on the premises, so we advise that you dine at your own discretion.

Price: RM100+

Opening hours: Mon-Thur; 11AM-10PM, Fri; 11AM-12AM, Sat-Sun; 9AM-12AM

Address: SkyAvenue Level 1, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang Darul Marmur

Contact: 03-61059186


2. DC Superheroes Cafe

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To all parents, your kids (and perhaps you as well!) are going to love this place. Decked out from top to bottom with everything DC from figurines lining the wall to the two life-size Batman and Superman figures greeting you at the entrance, you know you're in for a fun dining experience at this themed cafe ?

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Staying true to its theme, ordering food has never been more fun with its DC-inspired names such as Superman Punch Burger, Joker's Cheese Bomb, Nightwing's Elixir and Clark's Yuzu Soda to name a few. Not only will you love the food's presentation with its superheroes lunch box and their logo adorning your meal and drinks, you will also be served by the superheroes (who are the waiters in costumes) themselves!

Halal-status: Pork-free, alcohol-free

Price: RM20+

Opening hours: Open daily; 10AM-10PM

Address: Level 3, T2B-06, Sky Avenue, Genting Highlands Resort, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang Darul Marmur

P.S. Can't get enough themed cafes like this? Here's a list of other character cafes you should drop by!

3. Coffee Terrace

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Enjoy a scrumptious buffet with an amazing variety of all sorts of food here at Coffee Terrace! Offering an impressive spread of Malay, Indian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese and Western food, you will be spoiled for choices and are guaranteed to leave with a full and happy tummy.

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With a spacious dining area that can accommodate up to 600 diners at any given time, it's perfect if you're coming with a large entourage. Aside from the made-to-order food station, there is also a DIY station where you can personalise your food according to your own preference! And did we mention their that their selection of desserts is just as amazing?

Halal status: Pork free. Do note that alcohol is served on the premises, so we advise that you dine at your own discretion.

Price: Price differs across breakfast, lunch and dinner for adults and kids. This includes weekends, public holidays & eves and school holidays.

Opening hours: Buffet breakfast; 7AM-10.30AM, Buffet lunch; 12PM-2.30PM, Buffet dinner; 5PM-9.30PM

Address: Lobby Level, Genting Grand, Resorts World Genting

Contact: 03-6101 1118

If you're looking for more options, eateries like Boat Noodles, Nyonya Colors and  Marrybrown are also available. Check out the endless list of restaurants and cafes SkyAvenue has to offer here!

So, there you have it! A complete list of the things to do, see and eat at the popular and much-loved Genting Highlands. Now, there is no more excuse (only good reasons to visit!) in delaying the fun and exciting trip to this city of entertainment with your closed ones ?