Kuala Lumpur doesn’t look like a place that has anything to do with a hill station. But 2 hours outside the city, there is one and it is unlike anything that you would see in India. The hill station, is actually a luxury resort and a mall with glass floor cable cars, scores of hotels and resorts, a mega shopping complex, theme parks and casinos.
Genting Highlands is not a place I would visit if I knew that it is not actually an actual hill station. My parents asked me to meet a relative in KL and as they purchased me a ticket as some sort of nice gesture. I guess they saw me and realized that I am a poor backpacker who cannot afford luxury tours by himself. Good for me.
Honestly, Genting Highlands is not a place enough for a day. If you have the spending capabilities, you should consider a 2n/3d package.
Also I would like to clarify that I didn’t go inside any of these attractions. Each of them comes with its own entry ticket and I was not spending that much on a day trip. So I walked around and collected as much information as I could.
But here is what I would suggest you to do if you have a rich uncle in KL who is sponsoring your tickets.
Theme Park Hotel
Theme Park Hotel has a lovely jungle-themed playground in the lobby with a convenient snack bar. The hotel has multiple rooms for families and couples. I didn’t stay at the hotel (how could I) but it looks magical from the outside. The hotel is located at a 3-minute walk from the main complex and overlooks lush green mountains.
Awana SkyWay Cable Car Genting
The 10-minute gondola ride takes you from Awana Station to SkyAvenue Station. As the cable car goes higher, a thin layer of fog starts to cover the cabin in which you are sitting. You can also make a free stop at Chin Swee Temple, take a stroll and then continue your ride.
Skytropolis is one of the top rated attractions in Kuala Lumpur. The 40,000 square feet Skytropolis theme park features over 20 impressive rides suited for all visitors. It includes a suspended rollercoaster, ferris wheel, soaring viking ship, and a drop tower ride that’s 2 storeys high.
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm daily
Entry price: RM10-15 ($2.50-3.50 USD) per ride, RM60 ($15 USD) day pass
Go Wild at the Arcades
Right above Skytropolis is Go Wild at the Arcades. This big video game park has some of the modern masterpieces along with old school classics.
Opening hours: 10am – midnight daily
Sky Symphony is a presentation featuring hundreds of winch balls suspended from the ceiling which transforms the space creating a visual story. The presentation uses lights, music, cinematic visuals to create an immersive experience.
Show Schedule: every 30 minutes from 10am – midnight daily
Ripley’s Believe It or Not
Ripley’s Adventureland is located inside SkyAvenue, and has an Odditorium, Jurassic Research Centre, Zombie Outbreak! and a 4D Trick Art Museum.
The most unique attraction here is Zombie Outbreak. Here, you have to flee from live actors dressed up as terrifying zombies.
Penang Food Village
While I am pretty sure that anyone interested in exploring the cuisine of Penang, will go to Penang, there are exceptions like me who are in KL for a day and that’s it. Penang Food village is ideal for budget travellers because it has some excellent dining options that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Chin Swee Caves Temple
The Chin Swee Caves Temple was erected for the Taoist community in this part of Malaysia. It is spread in 28 acres of wood lands. The temple is dedicated to Reverend Master Chin Swee who is said to be bestowed with magical powers.
Snow World Experience
Genting Highlands is located at a high altitude but not enough to have snow. But if you associated snow with hills then you can visit Snow World Experience. It is a nice change from humid atmosphere of Kuala Lumpur.