Genting Highlands Resort
The grand and majestic Genting Highlands Resort is an integrated hill resort that is very luxurious. Comprised of hotels, shopping malls, theme parks and casinos, this resort is one of the best resorts that Malaysia has to offer. It is also one of the most visited resorts both in Asia and in the world. Located between the border of Pahang and Selangor and rests above the peak of Mount Ulu Kali, Genting Highlands is just an hour drive from Kuala Lumpur.
Construction and Development
Initially, the area around Genting Highlands was just a plain mountain with indefinite precipices. But then, a person came up with an idea to build a resort hill around the mountains. That person was Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong – who would go on to become the founder of Genting Highlands.
In 1963, while he was working on a hydro-electric power project in Cameron Highlands, he envisaged a wonderful mountain holiday resort for both locals and tourists to enjoy. To put the plan to fruition, he assembled a group to work on the project. By then, a private company called Genting Highlands Berhad was set up on 27 April 1965.
All the construction work started on 18 August 1965, in which a technical and construction team started working on the project. They initially began a four-year task on trying to construct and set up the access road from Genting Sempah to the peak of Gunung Ulu Kali. This access road would then be the access road to get to Genting Highlands nowadays. By March 31 1969, the late Tunku Abdul Rahman, who was Malaysia’s first-ever prime minister, laid down the foundation stone. Which marked the completion of the access road.
In 1971, the construction of the first hotel at Genting Highlands was completed. Named, Highlands Hotel, it is now renamed as Theme Park Hotel. The resort then continued on to expand.
Progress Throughout The Years
The development of the area was also overlooked by several environmental advisors to ensure that the beauty of the ecosystem in the region was not to be damaged. A breakthrough in the development happened in 1997 – where Genting Highlands Resort added the Genting Skyway cable car. This cable car was deemed to be the “Longest Cable Car in Malaysia and Probably in Southeast Asia”.
More revolution was also going to happen. In 2013, Genting Highlands devised a master plan which was called the Genting integrated Tourism Plan (GITP). This was a 10-year master plan for development, expansion, enhancement and renewal of the hotels, theme parks and infrastructures at Genting Highlands. The plan comprises of adding a new 1,300 hotel rooms to the First World Hotel, as well as adding a 10,000 seats arena. The plan also proposed the conversion of the Genting Outdoor Theme Park to 20th Century Fox World.
There are a lot of things that you can do here in Genting Highlands. Visiting Genting Highlands is truly an experience that will bring you to the clouds, so make sure you enjoy it by coming and trying all the attractions and points of interests available here.
To start things off, getting to the main resort should be done by hopping in to the Awana SkyWay Cable Car. This is the most scenic and relaxing way for you to gaze at the beauty of Genting Highlands from above. The cable car ride will take you 10 minutes – starting from the Awana Station to SkyAvenue Station which is at the top of the resort.
If you are brave enough and want more thrill, try getting the tickets for the glass floor gondola – as you watch your feet hang above the dense forest below you. This cable car ride is just breathtaking – as you can feel the breezy mountain air and enjoy the landscape between your eyes. The ride will surely make you feel as you are flying among the clouds.
For kids and families, visiting Genting Highlands Resort means you have to visit Skytropolis. Skytropolis is an indoor theme park. However, Skytropolis is not just an indoor theme park. It is a wonderful indoor theme park. Comprising of a suspended rollercoaster, ferris wheel, viking s hip and a drop tower ride that’s 2 storeys high, this indoor theme park is unlike any other. Skytropolis is deemed one of the top Genting attractions for kids.
However, this theme park will also accommodate people of all ages, as the theme park features over 20 impressive rides suited for visitors of all ages. For people with the nerves of steel, the zipline is a must try. This zipline will glide you from one end of the park to the other, testing your adrenaline and your might. Other than terrifying rides and ziplines, Skytropolis also provides to you arcades that are ahead of the curve, with a profusion of prizes that you can win.
Want to experience snow but can’t go to Europe? Then visiting Genting Highlands is an option to consider. Here, they offer the chance to experience winter by visiting Snow World. Filled with snow and a Winter Wonderland theme, you can experience snow and ice in Snow World. Worry not, a winter jacket and the boots will be provided by the park. All you need to do is just dance through the snow and keep yourself warm while you’re at it.
Gamble in the Clouds
Genting Highlands should also be considered a gambling city. By visiting Genting Highlands, you can experience gambling in the clouds. This is because the casino here is located at the top of the resort. The best casino to go to when visiting Genting Highlands is SkyCasino Genting.
SkyCasino Genting is known to be the biggest casino in Genting Highlands and offers a gambling experience unlike no other. It spans two floors with eight dining venues, shimmering LED screens on the ceilings and a variety of games.
The design and interior of SkyCasino Genting is very unique. It carries a forest theme. The furniture and interior here are decorated with earth-toned furnishes and wooden fixtures. The ceiling is more majestic, which has a digitalized image of the sky and trees.
The games here are also complete. You can find high technology slot machines, play poker or test your luck in roulette. If you feel like competing, they also provide competitive gambling tournaments. Moreover, self-service kiosks are also spread evenly. ATM and bank teller machines are also provided here to ensure you have enough money to survive the night.
Visiting Genting Highlands is a must for both kids and adults alike. Coming to this resort is the closest you can get to experiencing the clouds above the sky.