Let me tell you this: I was pretty young when I visited Genting Highlands in Malaysia. Though pretty young, I clearly remember all the fun moments there and all the rides we had and so on. Which is why I thought it would be worth the time to write on it as I still recall very well… What are blogs for anyway?
Now, we’ll get along with our trip to Genting Highlands, shall we?
Getting there by Bus
The first place that we were to visit in Malaysia was this- Genting Highlands. So we boarded a bus from Kuala Lumpur International Airport directly up the hill. We can get to Genting Highlands either by bus or cable car… however we got to know about the cable car option much later.
Anyway, I slept through the bus ride as I had had a tiring flight and wait while coming from Singapore. I had a jacket on in the bus and the air still kept getting more chilly. We thought the air-conditioner was working on full fledge now. I looked at the people around and everyone seemed comfortable sleeping. So we just went on thinking it would get better once we alighted the bus.
We just had around a quarter of an hour to make it up there. 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 possibly get back on the bus… it wasn’t already gone.
A night at First World Hotel
We had booked a room in the First World Hotel in Genting Highlands – supposed the world’s largest hotel with over 7000 rooms until it was taken over by The Palazzo (read about it on Wikipedia). We were all super tired from the day’s traveling so we didn’t bother in wandering around much.
After having dinner in a restaurant inside the hotel, we went straight to our room. It was a modest room 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. And so we slept.
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.
Indoor Theme Park
Since I had seen the huge roller coaster and a Ferris Wheel all on the outside, and partially because I was young and dumber at the time, I thought there wouldn’t be anything fun to do on the inside. By inside, I am talking about Skytropolis indoor theme park. And no doubt, I turned out wrong- it was almost 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. So I ended up playing on little merry go horses. Sounds boring, doesn’t it? but it was pretty fun back then… probably.
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. The typical.
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 tour. 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… stood in the queue for a while… and then 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.
4D movie theatre
Last, but not the least, was the 4d movie theatre. This is also a part of the entire theme park, no extra pay for it. Don’t worry. I probably made it a separate part because I remember a little too much about the story of the short 10-15 minute movie. I can’t recall its name but it included a robber going for a diamond heist. Its quality was comparable to the 4d show in Sentosa, Singapore.
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. Genting Highlands Malaysia was just our first stop, so 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… if you wish to of course.
Here’s another travel blog that you might probably enjoy: Wonderful Bali Travel Blog
Hey, another thing. We didn’t have any trouble communicating there as we could understand Malay as it’s similar to Bahasa Indonesia (which we know). If you’re looking for some basics of it, I’ve written a piece here that might help.