Genting Highlands is a hugely popular tourist destination, famous for its:
- Cool weather at 6000 feet above sea level (around 18 degrees max)
- Genting Heights theme park
- Genting cable car ride
- First World Plaza (shopping mall and indoor theme park)
- Close proximity to Kuala Lumpur
The theme park has been closed since 2013 to be replaced by a new 20th Century Fox World theme park; which was unfortunately delayed beyond its planned 2016 opening date. Currently under construction, it is due to be ready by 2018-2019.
Construction at 20th Century Fox World theme park in July 2017
Due to the renovations taking place, many attractions have been closed down, such as Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum, as well as the Genting cable ride, the indoor theme park, and most of the First World Plaza Shopping Mall. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do there. In fact, many new things are already opened to the public, such as the all new Awana Skyride that replaces Genting cable car, the Sky Avenue shopping mall, and more! Luckily, you will find enough activities at Genting Highlands for it to be worth a visit, especially for families with children.
Genting Highlands is located around 45 km to the north of KL Sentral station; it takes around 2 hours by bus, and less than an hour by car. Typically, you would go to Awana SkyWay terminal first either by bus or by car, and then continue upwards with the cable car.
Tip: If you are taking the bus, make sure to book your return bus tickets before you ride the cable car, otherwise you risk waiting for 2 or 3 hours just to get a bus ride back.
If you are driving, you can find the exact location by clicking the map below, or this direct link.
Fun Things for All the Family at Genting Highlands
1. Ride the Awana SkyWay
Awana SkyWay is by far one of the best cable car rides that you can take, and will be the highlight of your visit to Genting. It takes around ten minute from the Skyway terminal to the top, and ticket prices are very affordable, starting at 8 RM.
Riding through the clouds in the Awana Skyway cable car
The cable car literally takes you through the clouds, passing by the Chin Swee Cave Temple, which you can visit on your way down. The view of the green mountains from the cable car windows is just mesmerizing.
Mesmerizing View from the Awana SkyWay Cable Car Ride
2. Dine (and Shop) at Sky Avenue
Sky Avenue is a new shopping mall in Genting Heights, and it hosts the upper terminal of Awana SkyWay. As soon as you enter the mall, you are greeted with mouthwatering smells as you walk past endless local and foreign restaurants; most of them are upmarket and offer fine dining, and some have outdoor areas where you can enjoy Genting’s cool weather.
Other than eating, you can enjoy premium shopping at the Sky Avenue Mall, which will only get better as new shops continue to open.
Sky Avenue at Genting Highlands
3. Visit Chin Swee Cave Temple
On your way down on the Awana Skyway, you can get off at the Chin Swee Cave Temple and enjoy a charming tour of the attraction.
The Chinese Pagoda at Chin Swee on Genting Highlands
You can enter the pagoda itself or learn more about Chinese culture by exploring the surrounding area that’s full of statues with descriptions of what they depict.
Tourists taking a picture at the Chin Swee Cave Temple in Genting Highlands
4. Shop at Genting Highlands Premium Outlets
Make some time to look around this outdoor shopping mall, located at the bottom station of the Awana SkyWay. Even though some shops are yet to open, there are enough shops to keep you going for hours; and you’re likely to find cheaper deals here compared to Kuala Lumpur. You can read more about Genting Highlands Premium Outlets in my article about shopping in Kuala Lumpur here.
Tip: Register an account at the Premium Outlets Website and collect a passport that entitles you to even more discounts.
Premium outlets at Genting Highlands
5. Enjoy the Cool Weather at First World Hotel
Take a break from Malaysia’s tropical weather and enjoy cooler temperatures for a night or two in the First World Hotel. The hotel is the Guinness World Record holder as the largest hotel; and from a room in the middle of the clouds you will enjoy great weather and a spectacular view. Make sure to get a mountain view room. Click here to view more details about First World Hotel.
The rooms in First World Hotel are in the middle of the clouds.
All in all, and despite the theme park not being finished, we loved our time at Genting Highlands. It’s a great place to cool off and take a break from the tropical heat, with some breathtaking views, delicious food, and fantastic shopping—perfect for keeping your children entertained too! And if it’s already this good; imagine what it will be like when the new Century Fox theme park finally opens its doors!