Genting Highlands is a hill resort located at an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur and made famous internationally by Resorts World Genting, the integrated hotel & casino resort. This is the only place in Malaysia that has a licensed casino, and that is the main draw of the resort. It is a family destination too, because of the outdoor (now under renovation) and indoor theme parks, shopping malls, attractions for kids such as Ripley’s, and the world’s largest hotel – First World Hotel. It is very popular among tourists from Malaysia and Singapore, and because of the casino, from China and Thailand as well.
Getting To Resorts World Genting
There are regular bus services to Resorts World Genting (RWG) from Kuala Lumpur Sentral Bus Terminal, from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA 1 and 2), and even from Singapore. All bus services going to RWG terminate at Awana Bus Terminal from which point the tourists are required to board a gondola on a ropeway which is called Awana Skyway. One way ticket on the Skyway to RWG costs 9 MYR but most of the time the Skyway ticket price is collected by the bus companies along with the bus fare. The gondola takes the tourists to Level 4 of Sky Avenue and from there they can walk to their hotels.
First World Hotel
The most popular hotel in Genting Highlands, which also happens to be the world’s largest, is First World Hotel. This hotel has 7351 rooms and is the most affordable hotel in Genting Highlands. Standard Rooms here cost anywhere between 5 USD and 50 USD, depending on the demand and season. Sky Avenue, Sky Casino, and indoor theme park are all attached to this hotel and hence is an ideal choice of accommodation in Genting Highlands provided one can get a room here at the right price. There are occasions when all the rooms in this hotel get sold out, so one should plan and book in advance. Detailed information on First World Hotel is given in this article: First World Hotel Genting Highlands: All You Need To Know
Apart from First World Hotel, the integrated resort has Maxims, Genting Grand Hotel, Crockfords, Resort Hotel, Theme Park Hotel, and Resorts World Awana.
Sky Casino and Genting Casino
The two casinos, Sky Casino (new one) and Genting Casino (old one) are the principal attractions of Genting Highlands. Both the casinos are open 24 hours, entry is free, and one gets to have some drinks such as canned juice, tea/coffee, for free in the casinos. Minimum bets for table games are lower as compared to Singapore and a lot lower as compared to Macau, making these casinos more desirable in comparison. You may read my detailed Genting Highlands Casino Guide here: Genting Highlands Casino Guide
Chin Swee Caves Temple
Chin Swee Caves Temple is located at a 10-minute taxi ride away from RWG. One can also go the temple via Awana Skyway or by using the free shuttle bus provided by First World Hotel. The developer of RWG donated land and a large sum of money for the construction of this temple and began its construction which was completed in 1994. Chin Swee Caves Temple has a statue of Qingshui, a Buddhist monk from the Fujian province of China. The monk is regarded as a deity who is supposed to have the powers to bring rain and drive away evil spirits. There is also a Vegetarian restaurant in the temple premises which is the only 100% vegetarian restaurant in Genting Highlands. Vegetarian food is also available at several other restaurants in Genting Highlands and you may read this article of mine for details: Where To Find Vegetarian Food in Genting Highlands
Sky Avenue is the nerve center of Genting Highlands. it connects RWG to Awana Skyway, has the resort’s biggest shopping mall, most of the restaurants of the resort, Sky Casino, indoor theme park, Ripley’s, and a few other entertainment venues.
Indoor Theme Park – Skytropolis
Known as the Skytropolis Fun Park, this indoor theme park is located on Level 1 of First World Plaza and is open daily from 10:00am to 10:00pm. For using the rides in the park, guests need to buy tickets. Information on ticket prices and packages is on this official page:
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Adventureland
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Adventureland is located on Level 4 of Sky Avenue, near Awana Skyway. There are several attractions within the Adventureland. Opening hours are as under:
Sunday – Thursday :10:00am – 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 10:00am – 11:00pm, and School & Public Holiday: 10:00am – Midnight.
More Useful Information
There are a few money change counters and bank ATMs in Genting Highlands. Please read this article for more information: Where To Exchange Money in Genting Highlands
All foreign tourists in Malaysia have to pay a Tourism Tax of 10 MYR per room per night for staying in any hotel in Malaysia. This tax, therefore, has to be paid while checking in to a hotel in Genting Highlands as well.