My husband and I were back in Genting Highlands last Thursday, but not for gambling reasons. We don’t gamble. I’ve never been to the casino in Genting Highlands, to be honest. And I don’t plan to either. I have been to the casino in the Central Business District of Brisbane, however, and after seeing how clean, immaculate, and strictly secured their casino was, I don’t think I want to be in our local casino (for fear that I would compare every little bit of it to the spectacular one in Brisbane).
Relatives and friends alike have often wondered why I keep going to the same place when I’m on holiday. For one, it is the closest highland holiday that I can enjoy, short of driving to Fraser’s Hill or Cameron Highlands. I prefer Fraser’s Hill, though, for its quiet and peaceful surrounding, and because it is relatively greener than Genting or Cameron Highlands. Cameron Highlands has become very commercialised due to the endless stream of development. This led to the plundering and pillaging of forests for the developments to take place. I don’t support deforestation so my husband and I gradually stopped going there. Genting Highlands served its purpose as a resort where we can hide away in our little room, reading and relaxing, and only coming out to have our meals or to enjoy the misty weather.
Many people go up to Genting Highlands to gamble. Many children beg their parents to take them there for the rides in the outdoor and indoor theme parks. Now that the outdoor theme park is undergoing a major overhaul and upgrading works to become Malaysia’s first 20th-century outdoor theme park, the children are now relegated to the indoor theme park and arcade at the Genting Grand Hotel. But for my husband and I prefer to take in the misty atmosphere and not do much. After all, isn’t that what holidays are all about? Here are some suggestions on what you can do in Genting Highlands if gambling is not your cup of tea:
FIRST WORLD HOTEL
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum
- Haunted Adventure walk
- Snow World
- Glow-in-the-Dark bowling
- Studio Karaoke
- Mushroom Farm
- Chin Swee Cave Temple
- Cradle Rock
- Vegetable Farm
- Bee Farm
- Strawberry Leisure Farms
Otherwise, if you’re game for a good competition with your friends, you can spend a few ringgit at the indoor arcade of the Genting Grand Hotel. Or you can enjoy a hot cup of Starbucks at the entrance of the Maxims Hotel. It really is up to the traveller himself or herself, and what are the things that you really enjoy doing.
You can get a taxi that will take you up for a fee. You can also get a bus ticket, which is cheaper than a taxi. If you’re aiming for public transport, I’d recommend going up with friends. That way, you can split the fare and not have to fork out so much. It is approximately 45 minutes to an hour from Kuala Lumpur but that really depends on traffic. If you’re going at peak season, you might take a little longer to reach. Also, you will have to battle it out with the crowd upon reaching your destination. It’s always best to head up during non-peak periods and also preferably on weekdays. That means you will have to plan your holidays really well.
For interested individual(s), you may find this link really useful as it helps to calculate your taxi fare from KL Sentral to Genting Highlands. There are no available bus rates as I fear it changes from time to time. So it’s good to ask around and find out before you plan.