I was pretty young when I visited Genting Highlands in Malaysia. So I couldn’t visit the Casino in Genting Highlands obviously. But the rest of the things you could do there, I did it all! Here’s how my Day Trip to Genting Highlands went :)
Day Trip: Getting to Genting Highlands From Kuala Lumpur
The first place that we were to visit in Malaysia was Genting Highlands. We can get there either by bus or cable car.
However, we came to know of the cable car option much later. So we boarded a bus from Kuala Lumpur International Airport directly up Genting Highlands. There are many buses to take you to the spot and you can board from different places as well. Check out this list of Aerobus timings, ticket prices, and more that I found to get to Genting Highlands.
Anyway, I slept through the bus ride as the flight from Singapore was a tiring one. I had a jacket on in the bus and the air kept getting more chilly. We thought the air-conditioner was working on full fledge. With no option but to bear the cold, we hoped it’d get better once we alighted the bus.
But the twist was when we alighted the bus: The air was twice colder when we stepped out! I turned around and saw if I could get back on the bus. It was gone. I strongly suggest you pull over some thick jackets on when you visit the Highlands.
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A night at First World Hotel
Don’t worry, this is a day trip! We spent the night on Genting Highlands, but our day of exploring began the next day.
We booked a room in the First World Hotel – supposed the world’s largest hotel with over 7000 rooms.
Anyway, we were super tired from the day’s traveling so we didn’t bother wandering around.
After having dinner at a restaurant in the hotel, we went straight to our room. It was a modest bedroom with a floor-to-ceiling glass window on one side overlooking the theme park. I pulled the curtains aside only to see the mist clouded outside. My parents assured me it would clear the next morning and we would be able to see the park.
The next morning wasn’t any better. The sun was up and we still couldn’t see anything from the panes apart from faint white sunlight barely making it through the glass panes.
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Indoor Theme Park
I had seen the huge roller coaster and a Ferris Wheel on the outside and believed there couldn’t be anything fun to do on the inside.
By inside, I am talking about Skytropolis indoor theme park. And oh my, I turned out wrong! It was endless with the rides it had to offer!
And it wasn’t just for kids. There was a casino on one side where I tried to get in and eventually got pushed out. A super-realistic scary house to which we would be taken by a slow cranky funicular train. There were indoor rollercoasters, and so on. However, I ended up playing on little merry go horses.
There was also indoor skydiving- which I couldn’t get into either. But hey, I did get on an indoor Ferris Wheel, Bumper car, and even a Columbus :)
Outdoor Theme Park
While the indoor theme had bumper cars, the outdoor theme park had bumper boats!
These were small tube boats with motors attached to them. Each was for a single person. For me, this was the most fun part of our Genting Highlands day trip. Apart from this, there was a bigger Ferris Wheel that we got on. Yep, I am obsessed with them- I just feel they’re majestic in a manner.
And then there was the huge roller coaster that I’d dreamed of going on for a long time. So I went up there along with my dad and stood in the queue for a while.
To which they said I was not tall enough for the ride. Damn it! Height doesn’t matter in life, right?- but somehow it did in a theme park.
I had no choice but to reside with a much smaller roller coaster not far from the big one. I never had been on one. But when I went on the smaller roller coaster, I was glad I made it back alive! After getting out of it literally sweating in the cold weather, I looked back at the giant roller coaster from a distance away, “People do have balls for that.” I thought.
And then there was the ghost train. You see that happy little kid sitting below there? That’s me. He wasn’t smiling so much when the ride was over. The ghost train was basically a scary house with no walking involved. In other words, a scary house for lazy people.
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Back to Kuala Lumpur
If you’re visiting Genting Highlands in Malaysia any time later, keep in mind that a day isn’t enough to get around for all the fun. Take at least two. We didn’t know that and we already had to be back in Kuala Lumpur the very same night. On the bright side, we weren’t done with Malaysia.
We yet had to visit the Petronas Tower and Batu Caves. The day trip to Genting Highlands was just our first stop, we had a long way to go. Well, anyway, this was supposed to be about Genting Highlands only, so here you had it. Hope you have a great time there! And do tell me about it.
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