After spending a few days at Kuala Lumpur exploring its city attractions, temples, and night markets, why not hop on a bus for a day trip to Genting Highlands? Genting Highlands is a mountain resort town located in the Titiwangsa Mountains, just a 45-minute bus ride away from KL. It is known for its cool climate, scenic views, and popular attractions including theme parks, shopping malls, and a casino. It’s a great place for families, friends, or solo travelers looking for a fun day out. If you’re planning of a Genting Highlands day trip, then this article is for you!
- How to get to Genting Highlands
- Things to do in Genting Highlands
- Other attractions near Genting Highlands
How to get to Genting Highlands
Whether you’re driving a car or commuting, it is easy to get to Genting Highlands. Here are the main transport options.
KL to Genting Highlands
It is easy to get from KL to Genting Highlands. There are bus stations located at KL Sentral, Pekeliling Bus Terminal, Pudu Sentral, and TBS. Travel time is around 45 minutes to 1 hour 15 min.
The bus will drop you off at Awana Bus Terminal in Genting Highlands. Once you get off, you will pass by restaurants and shops, as well as the entrance to Genting Highlands Premium Outlets. Just follow the signs to get to the cable car rides.
KLIA to Genting Highlands
From KLIA or KLIA2, ride an Aerobus or Go Genting Bus direct to Genting Highlands. Travel time is around 2 hours.
Things to do in Genting Highlands
Enjoy a fun-filled day with these activities that you can include in your Genting Highlands day trip itinerary. Pro tip: It’s best to get there early morning so you can make the most of your time enjoying the views, the entertainment, and food choices before you head back. The last bus to KL is around 9PM and even then you’ll have plenty of time to explore Genting Highlands!
1. Awana Skyway
One of the best things you can do in Genting Highlands is riding a cable car. The Genting Cable Car has two major routes: Genting SkyWay and Awana Skyway. Start your day trip with a classic 10-min cable car ride via Awana Skyway, will take you from Awana Station to the peak of Genting Highlands (SkyAvenue Station), passing by the lush forest views of the Banjaran Titiwangsa mountain range.
You can get on a standard cable car or a glass-bottomed cable car, a popular option for its unique view.
2. Chin Swee Caves Temple
Chin Swee Caves Temple is a beautiful Taoist temple located on a rocky slope, offering the best views of the surrounding rainforest and mountains in Genting Highlands. It is erected in honor of the Buddhist monk Chin Swee, who is known for his ability to ward away evil spirits and summon rain. You can have a stopover at this temple via Awana Skyway before continuing to SkyAvenue Station.
Enjoy the peace and quiet ambiance, stroll across the gardens, and see the gigantic statues inside the temple – including those of Buddha and Kuan Yin, as well as the tomb of the reverand Chin Swee. You can also climb up the temple’s 9-storey pagoda to enjoy crisp mountain air and panoramic views of the mountain.
3. Go on a shopping spree
A day trip to Genting Highlands isn’t complete without shopping, and this place offers numerous options for your retail therapy. The SkyAvenue Station is the main station and the largest shopping mall at Genting Highlands, where you can find a wide range of restaurants, cafes, and shops.
Aside from the SkyAvenue Station, other shopping malls in Genting Highlands include the Genting Premium Outlets, First World Plaza, and Awana SkyCentral.
4. Skytropolis Indoor Theme Park
Located at First World Plaza, Skytropolis Indoor Theme is a 400,000-square feet indoor theme park with over 20 rides suitable for people of all ages. The rides are categorized into three themes: Family Rides, Adventure Rides, and Thrills.
The kids can enjoy the Ride ‘em Round merry-go-round, Boo Boo Bump bumper ride, Tea Cups, and Chariot Cruise. Those into adventure will enjoy the Skyscraper ferris wheel, Sky Towers drop tower ride, and Soaring Ships –- a suspended ride offering an aerial view of the park. Meanwhile, those into more daring entertainment can enjoy the Disco!, Spin Crazy, and Super Glider.
If you simply want to enjoy a few of the rides, get the pay-per-ride ticket. On the other hand, if you’re planning to spend a whole day here with your family, the 1-day unlimited pass offers good bang for the buck.
5. Genting Skyworlds Theme Park
Formerly known as Century Fox World Malaysia, Genting Skyworlds Theme Park is a movie-themed amusement park located in Genting Highlands. It spans over 26 acres and is home to nine themed worlds, which is ideal for those who love movies and rides. Explore the worlds of Central Park — the centerpiece of the theme park, Studio Plaza, Andromeda Base, Rio, Epic, Ice Age, Robot Rivet Town, Eagle Mountain, and Liberty Lane.
You can spend a few hours at Genting Skyworld’s Theme Park. However, with its numerous attractions and rides, it’s better to allot a whole day at Genting Skyworlds Theme Park.
Genting Highlands is one of the few places in Malaysia where you can enjoy legal gambling. Genting Casino is the main casino and it offers a wide range of table games, electronic games, and slot machines. Another one is the SkyCasino, which is located in SkyAvenue Mall.
There are restrictions at the casinos in Genting Highlands. Only those who are non-Muslims and 21 years or older are allowed. A smart-casual dress code is required. Also, guests cannot bring inside backpacks, cameras, and other electronic gadgets including mobile phones.
7. More shopping at Genting Premium Outlet
Complete your shopping day with a stopover at Genting Premium Outlet, located a short distance away from the Genting Skyway station. It’s a convenient stop before or after your trip to the peak.
Genting Premium Outlet is a luxury shopping center that offers a wide range of fashion and lifestyle brands. There are over 150 stores and brands available at the outlet, including Armani, Burberry, Coach, Michael Kors, and Polo Ralph Lauren. The outlet is a shopper’s paradise and is a great place to buy designer brands at discounted prices.
8. Enjoy Malaysian cuisine
Make the most of your Genting Highlands trips by filling up with delicious Malaysian food.
First stop: Gohtong Jaya. If you’re driving a car, you can make a stop at the town of Gohtong Jaya before proceeding to Genting Highlands. Its streets are filled with eateries serving authentic Malaysian food, from nasi lemak to curries and Tamil Muslim food.
Once in Genting Highlands, you’ll find plenty of dining options offering Malaysian and international cuisine. Enjoy delectable local fare at the Penang Food Village or head to the Highline Roof Top Market where you can find crowd-favorites including the Michelin-star Beni, The Laughing Fish, Burger and Lobster, and more. For good food and scenic view especially at night, book a seat at the Tavern in the Sky.
Finally, end your Genting Highlands day trip itinerary with a viewing of the SkySymphony.
The SkySymphony is a free multimedia performance that takes place at SkyAvenue shopping mall, combining music, light, and sound to create a spectacular visual experience for visitors.
The show takes place on a massive LED screen and consists of 1,001 winch balls suspended from the ceiling. Each winch ball is equipped with LED lights that can change color and move independently, creating a stunning display of patterns and images. Each show has a different story and runs from 8:30PM, with the last show starting at 5:30PM to 8:30PM.
Other attractions near Genting Highlands
If you’re staying for longer than a day, here are other attractions in or near Genting Highlands that you can visit as well.
1. Genting Strawberry Leisure Farms
Located at Gohtong Jaya, Genting Strawberry Leisure Farms is a popular attraction where you can pick-and-pay strawberries during its harvest season, join a guided farm tour to learn about farming methods and activities, or buy plants and other gifts. The farm also has a flower gardens and a cafe where you can enjoy delicious meals and their signature strawberry juice.
If you plan your day trip schedule well, you can visit Genting Strawberry Leisure Farms before or after your visit at Genting Highlands.
2. Bukit Tinggi
Also known as Berjaya Hills, Bukit Tinggi is a town located between Janda Baik and Getting Highlands. Locals like to stop over at this town after coming down from Getting Highlands to see the French-inspired village of Colmar Tropicale, and the Japanese gardens and botanical gardens. It is also home to a luxury resort (The Chateau Spa & Organic Wellness Resort) and a world-class golf course.
3. Fraser’s Hill
It is said that Fraser’s Hill is the least developed area compared to Genting Highlands and Cameron Highlands. As such, it’s ideal for those who like a more relaxing destination. Fraser’s Hill offers various outdoor activities including bird watching, hiking, camping, fishing, and more.
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Katherine Cortes is a long-time backpacker and a freelance writer/editor. She likes beaches, snorkeling trips, and relaxing staycations (preferably with bath tubs!).