(A continuation of the post by my sister Holly about our trip in Malaysia)
“Are you ready to have fun?”
This greeted me when I woke up on our 2nd day in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Always up for something fun, I hurriedly dressed up.
Now, if you’re looking for a post that will conscientiously guide you around the 12,000 acres Genting Highlands, then my friend this article is not that. I, however, will try to share how a then twenty-four year old child at heart, the same person who got lost around Kuala Lumpur Sentral, loves this colourful place. Let’s start with my confusion of pronouncing Genting.
“ghe-n-ting”, I mumbled to myself with a hard “G”. “Or ghe-n-ting”, with the hard “J”. I looked around and no, google cannot save me this time. So I decided not to speak of its name. (I soon discovered the former was correct.)
Known as the “Fun City Above the Clouds”, my eardrums popped literally with pressure change as we rode a van from KL Sentral and rose approximately 5,700 feet above within the Titiwangsa Mountains in Malaysia. Good country views as you near the mountains and upon going up, I saw the cable cars to and fro; knowing we will be riding one of those cars on our way back, I was excited to go home. But of course, I soon forgot about them as we enter the hill resort.
My eyes probably widened a little bit more than its normally wide size when the castle-like building, the sounds of laughter and thrill from an outdoor roller coaster ride and the colours of more huge structures filled my senses. Truly, the senses must feast while there is hunger. And I was famished.
“Wow, it’s a park!” I proclaimed ecstatically, its veracity undeniable as I had my picture taken beside the sign that reads “Hotel Theme Park”. This ladies and gentlemen is the place to be. Have you ever looked at a rainbow and thought how it must magically feel to be up there? The attractively colored buildings, the rides and displays give you a glimpse of it.
To get the facts straight, The Genting Highlands is not just a theme park. It includes the only legal land-based casino, the Casino de Genting; five hotels, including the eye-catching First World hotel which held the Guinness World of Records as the largest hotel in the world from 2006 until 2008, with a total of 6,118 rooms; Dining offers with different cuisines; nightlife; and performance venues that could hold events and concerts of international and local stars; The Genting indoor and outdoor theme parks, and the Genting Skyway. Whew! Children, gamblers, businessmen, stars, foodies, families and lonely people unite in a place where fun is spelled in capital letters in a spring like climate (sometimes reaching to 10 degrees Celsius) you can actually see the fog or clouds, whichever you prefer. It’s like a day is not enough to fill your appetite for fun.
Getting inside the Resorts World Genting is even entertaining as it features huge replicas of famous world structures like Eiffel tower, London’s Big Ben, the Venetian Cruise, Vietnam’s houses, Ripley’s Believe or not (which I did not believe at first that it actually is Ripley’s) and of course famous structures like the Statue of Liberty standing with all its glory while the other rides a motorbike (that would be how Mother Liberty got her independence) ; Optimus Prime my favourite autobot, and an Oscar statue. Need I say more? Other rides and attractions are located in First World Indoor Theme Park, SnowWorld, Sky Venture, Genting Bowl, Vision City and Fantasy World Video Games Park. Sounds delightful huh? We chose to avail the unlimited outdoor fun rides, the Flying Coaster and Spinner were my personal favourites (even though I walked barefoot around after the Spinner ride to find my shoes because it didn’t stop exactly at my pre-ride spot!) but the Corkscrew drive was so cool I felt like a formula one racer constantly stepping on brakes. Haha! My freaking godliness it was one of the best days of my life (cue music: Best day of my life). A bonus visit to the Beryl’s chocolate house made me drool that I understood how Hansel and Gretel felt seeing the witch’s lair. I literally want to chunk the place and eat.
They say that Genting Highlands is the wholesome version of sin city Las Vegas, although, sinner or saint, this place suits anybody well.
Go Genting Express Bus leave from the Puduraya bus terminal and KL Sentral train station almost every 30 minutes. The first bus starts at 7 or 8 am. The ride takes about an hour and cost around RM 5 one way. The buses stop at the bus terminal beside the Skyway cable car and then it’s another 16-minute ride up to the summit of Genting.
There are cheaper options of buying a combined bus and cable car ticket for less than RM 10. Another option which we took was the Go Genting Golden Package which was valid for one day only and costs RM 47. It is available at the Genting ticket office on the second level of KL Sentral. It includes return bus journey, return cable car ride and buffet lunch at the Coffee Terrace or Outdoor Theme Park day pass.