If you’re reading this, chances are, you haven’t stepped foot in Genting for a very long time. It was no doubt that the old theme park was one of the biggest draws to Genting Highlands, aside from cool air and casinos.
In the recent years, there has been many drastic changes to make Genting Highlands a new entertainment hub and it has become almost unrecognisable. So if you’re not one for gambling, here are some things you can do in Genting since the major facelift and upgrade!
1. Shop till you drop at Genting Highlands' Premium Outlets
Genting was never quite known as a shopping haven but the new Premium Outlets is definitely changing the game. You can find renowned brands like Michael Kors, Coach, Hugo Boss, Kate Spade and many more on sale for up to 70% off.
Conveniently located next to the Awana Station at SkyCentral, a new transport hub for the buses and cable cars, getting there is pretty hassle-free.
If you’re a shopaholic, you can easily spend a day at Genting Highlands Premium Outlets, going through the extensive list of shops from designer fashion to shoes, sportswear and more. When you’re tired and hungry shopping, there are also an array of dining options whether it’s the spacious food court or one of the many restaurants and cafes.
2. Take the new Awana SkyWay cable car
Who still remembers the old Awana SkyWay from way back? Built in 1975, it was Malaysia’s first cable car system and was also probably many of Malaysians’ first experience riding one!
With over a hundred gondolas, it takes the new SkyWay only 10 mins to get from the first stop to the last stop. Able to transport 3,000 passengers one way every hour, you can say goodbye to the long waiting time!
If the regular gondolas seem a tad too boring, you can even opt for their glass-bottomed ones. You definitely want to look down for that one.
3. Make a quick pit stop at Chin Swee Caves Temple
Along the Awana SkyWay cable car route, there is also an additional stop now at the Chin Swee Station. Cable car passengers are free to disembark at the station and explore the Chin Swee Caves Temple area. Just make sure you keep your cable car ticket to re-enter and continue your journey.
Choose to stop by either on your way up or down from the mountains and why not light up an incense stick for good luck!
4. Jalan-jalan at SkyAvenue
As you alight from the SkyAvenue's cable car station, you’re met with Genting Highlands’ brand new lifestyle mall. What used to be the First World Indoor Theme Park is now a multi-level complex of shops, restaurants, fun attractions, services and more.
With plenty to eat, see, and do, this is certainly bringing high street shopping to a whole new level! Minutes and hours easily pass by in a blink of an eye while wandering around the massive new shopping mall.
5. Explore Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Adventureland
On the top floor of SkyAvenue is a brand new Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Adventureland. It’s hard to miss the entrance with its massive armoured elephant on each side. In the Adventureland, you can visit the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, Zombie Outbreak, and Jurassic Research Center.
Walk through the exciting world of weird and wacky at the Odditorium, scare yourself silly in the terrifying Zombie Outbreak, and say hello to the dinosaurs at the Jurassic Research Center. Outside the attractions are also rustic-looking carts selling local delights and memorabilia.
6. Challenge your buddies at PlayTime!
For those who LOVED the arcade games at Genting Highlands, don’t worry, you won’t be deprived of your games. In the Adventureland area, there’s also an arcade now named PlayTime!, complete with all your usual gaming favourites.
Who can relate to the dreaded “Out of Service” service sign for that one popular game most of the old arcades? Since everything is still new, you most likely won’t have to encounter that at PlayTime!
7. Catch the hourly SkySymphony display
Spreading across the mall’s atrium are massive LED displays and every hour, you can witness cinematic visuals combined with specially-composed music. Free to watch for the patrons of the mall, the SkySymphony also has a four-storey high winch installation made of 1,001 winch balls.
Watch as this theater of lights and sound come together for a spectacular visual storytelling. Whether you’re watching from the bottom floor or right at the top, it’s equally memorable.
8. Have a food marathon
Food marathon? In Genting? Needless to say, we can all remember how much of a pain it used to be, having to decide where to eat in Genting. With very limited choices and extremely long queues, enjoying your food was the least of your worry.
You’ll be very glad to hear that now, you have more dining options than your belly can accommodate! You can feast at the much-hyped Burger & Lobster London, the Brooklyn favourite pizzeria Motorino (complete with a wood fire oven and all) or simply enjoy a cup of coffee at the iconic French brasserie, Cafés Richard.
Besides that, there are plenty of local favourites and familiar eateries like Nyonya Colors, Madam Kwan’s, Absolut Thai, Go Noodle House, and many more. For those who prefer the food court, there’s also Malaysian Food Street where you can get binge on all the yummy street food favourites.
9. Get inspired at SeniKome Péng Hēng
Source: Resorts World Genting
Seni Kome translates to “Our Art” in the local Pahang dialect, which is befitting this arts and cultural center. It features artifacts, paintings, and exhibitions of the beauty of East Coast Malaysia which comprises of Pahang, Terengganu, and Kelantan.
At SeniKome, it celebrates the many interesting aspects of the East Coast from the local craft, to fashion, food and music. Besides that, you’re free to play with the traditional games like congkak, batu seremban and hopscotch. For a more in-depth understanding of the East Coast, you can also join the daily guided tour.
10. Staycation at the Theme Park Hotel
Source: Resorts World Genting
The Theme Park Hotel is one of the several new hotels in Genting Highlands, perfect for when you’ve run out of staycation ideas in KL. This quirky and fun boutique hotel is built right beside the upcoming 20th Century Fox World and within walking distance to all the nearby attractions.
Aside from the standard suite with a King-sized bed, the Theme Park Hotel also has Quads which has 2 Queen-sized beds. If you’re all about travelling with the squad, however, there are also room that can fit 6 adults!
Too lazy to drive to Genting?
If you can’t be bothered to drive up to the mountains, you can also join a Genting Highlands Day Trip on Klook where you don’t need to worry about transport or parking. For those from outside of KL, you can also opt for a private intercity transfer. Just sit back and enjoy the view as the experienced driver takes you to your destination.
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Written by Hew Lee Yee for Klook