Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.

Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Genting Highlands

address: Genting Highlands, 69000 Pahang Darul Makmur, Malaysia
genting-highlands2.jpg, Genting Highlands is resort city on a mountain top (1800m above sea level), about 55km north-east of Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia's only casinos and theme parks, restaurants and hotels.
aerial view of Genting Highlands Resort
Genting Highlands is resort city on a mountain top (1800m above sea level), about 55km north-east of Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia's only casinos and theme parks, restaurants and hotels.
Links:

Genting Highlands official website


Genting Highlands is a resort city located on a mountain peak of the Titiwangsa Mountain Range at about 1,800 m elevation, about 55km north-east of Kuala Lumpur. Genting Highlands consists of hotels, casinos, restaurants and theme parks operated by Genting Malaysia Berhad. Genting Highlands has the only place with a  gambling license in Malaysia. The Genting Highlands complex was built in 1965-1971 on a secluded hilltop and has been steadily expanded ever since.

Many activities for children make Genting Highlands popular for family trips. There are many indoor and outdoor rides for children, but also other offers of entertainment such as Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum, a haunted house or even a winter area with actual snow. The outdoor theme park offers not only family rides for small children but also bigger roller coaster and thrill rides. It is currently the largest theme park Malaysia has to offer.

Genting Theme Park Ride Pass Pricing

  All Park Outdoor
Theme Park
First World Indoor
Theme Park
Adult / Teen RM66 RM50 RM30
Child RM45 RM35 RM28
Senior Citizen RM45 RM35 RM28
Family Package       RM200         RM153 RM102

 

Indoor Theme Park
First World Indoor Theme Park
 

The event arena "Arena of Stars" has room for 6,000 people and is host to many concerts and other events, such as the MTV Music Awards 2008.
> upcoming events

The elevated location of the Genting Highlands in the mountains causes a much cooler climate than in a stuffy and sultry Klang Valley. Especially if it hangs in the clouds and the winds blows the fog through in between the buildings, it can get chilly. Long pants and a sweater / light jacket is recommended to bring along.

Another highlight is the access route from Kuala Lumpur to Genting Highlands. The first 50km is traveled by bus. Once you leave the metropolitan area  in the north of Kuala Lumpur (Gombak), the bus winds up the mountains on the impressive Karak Highway which was built into the hillsides. At the highest point you will leave the 6-lane highway and followed a 2-lane road up to Genting Skyway. The Genting Skyway is a 3.4km long cable car route and, with great views of the rainforest, the highlight of the trip.

A visit to the Genting Highlands can be combined with a night in one of over 6000 beds in the 6 hotels (Genting Hotel, Highlands Hotel, Resort Hotel, Theme Park Hotel, First World Hotel). It is also possible and actually sufficient enough to do Genting Highlands as a day trip (arrival and departure take about 1 hour each). There is also the Golden Package for about RM50 for return transfer as well as the outdoor theme park ride pass or buffet lunch.

 

Genting Skyway cable car
Genting Skyway cable car

 

How to get to Genting Highlands:

Genting runs bus and cable car services from several locations in Kuala Lumpur to Genting Highlands. The first part of the journey will be by bus, after that you will transfer to the Skyway cable car for the rest of the journey. If the cable car is under maintainence then buses will run right all the up to the entertainment city.
Tickets for the Genting transfer service can be bought at ticket counters at each of these depature points:

Pudu Sentral (Puduraya):
price: RM9.60 (child 8.50)  (bus & cable car)
departs: 7.30am, 8.30am, 9am, 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12noon, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 4pm, 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 6pm, 7pm
return from Geting Skyway lower station: 9am, 10am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 12noon, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 3pm, 3.30pm, 4pm, 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 6pm, 7pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm
Go Genting Golden Package (Transfer & outdoor theme park ride pass or Buffet Lunch): RM47
Contact : (603) 6251 8398 / (603) 6253 1762


KL Sentral:
price: RM9.30 (child 8.20)  (bus & cable car)
departs: 8am, 9am, 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 3.30pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm
return from Geting Skyway lower station: 9.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 12noon, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm, 5pm, 5.30pm, 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm
Go Genting Golden Package (Transfer & outdoor theme park ride pass or Buffet Lunch): RM47
Contact : (603) 2279 8989 / 8990

 

1Utama
price: RM9.60 (child 8.50)  (bus & cable car)
departs: 8am, 9am, 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 6pm, 7pm
return from Geting Skyway lower station: 9.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 12noon, 12.30pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 3.30pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm
Go Genting Golden Package (Transfer & outdoor theme park ride pass or Buffet Lunch): RM47
Contact : (603) 7725 8211


Gombak LRT station:
price: RM8.40 (child 7.60)  (bus & cable car)
departs: 8am, 9am, 9.30am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12noon, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 4.30pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm
return from Geting Skyway lower station: 9.15am, 10.15am, 10.45am, 12.15pm, 12.45pm, 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 2.45pm, 3.15pm, 4.15pm, 5.15pm, 5.45pm, 6.15pm, 7pm, 8.15pm
Go Genting Golden Package (Transfer & outdoor theme park ride pass or Buffet Lunch): RM47
Contact: (012) 236 9611
 

Kajang KTM station: 
price: RM12.30 (child 10.50)  (bus & cable car)
departs: 9.30am, 11.30am, 2pm, 4pm
return from Geting Skyway lower station: 11.30am, 1.30pm, 5.30pm, 7.30pm'
Go Genting Golden Package (Transfer & outdoor theme park ride pass or Buffet Lunch): RM53
Contact : (603) 8737 8208

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday there are also direct express bus available (to Genting First World Hotel) from Putra Terminal (7.30pm, RM4.30, child RM3.20), KL Sentral (8pm and 9pm, RM5.30, child RM4), Gombak (7.30pm).



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