When in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia one thing you may want to go to with family and friends is the Genting Highlands. Genting Highlands is a private property managed by Resorts World, owned and started by Lim Goh Tong.
Located at the peak of Gunung Ulu Kali in Panhang, which is about 35 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur. The travel time is a combination of 40-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur and a 15-cable car service ride from Gohtong Jaya.
Why go to Genting Highlands?
Locals go to Genting Highlands to getaway from the warm weather from the city. But for many tourists, Genting Highlands is many things to many. From recreational activities, theme parks, hotels, casinos and mall, Genting Highlands is a place to go to.
First off, the Gohtong Jaya where you can buy your tickets to and from Genting Highlands. Each ticket for the cable car costs RM 6 or RM 12 back and forth.
Cable car ride cost RM 6 per ride. So back and forth, it would cost you RM 12. Tickets are available the whole day and can be easily purchased on the spot. you just have to be patient in queuing since there are lots of visitors going to Genting Highlands.
Though, you do not have to worry, since, cable cars are by the hundreds there. since it serving eight passengers per gondola and is continously runningvin just seconds of intervals per car (if you estimate it).
Honestly, during the cable car ride, I find it very puzzling of how the contruction of the cable cars were made. Another fascinating thing is how there able to build a whole community, not just a crude community, but a very advanced, on top of a very remote place. Imagine the detail, patience and plan.
For adventurous people (and who are not afraid of heights), the cable ride is great. Showcasing the lush forest areas of Panhang and an experience of that kind of feeling as if touching the clouds (if it is foggy), the ride is just one unique experience.
Anyway, one highlight of the ride, is the view going up to Genting Highlands, as you can see structures from from afar inside the cable car.
Upon arriving, Genting Highlands staff will offer you to buy the photos of you (with your companions) taken from the terminal. A photo (without a frame) costs RM 35 while they charge RM 55 for with frames.
Once you get to the Genting Highlands, it is really a diiferent feeling. Cold temperature and the look of an advanced low-land mall, theme parks, hotels and casino packed in one, on top of the mountain. It is advised to at least take an overnight stay in Genting highlands to maximize the trip. The whole place is so huge that you can’t go the its attraction in just a day.
Genting Highlands offers both natural and man-made attractions. Sadly, due to the vastness of Genting and the limited time I had to stay there, I opted to choose the closest attractions to the cable car.
The first that I tried is the Sky Venture. It is a man-made attraction that boasts of it virtually having an experince similar to the real skydiving. It costs RM 50. And though it was my most highly anticipated adventure in Genting Highlands, sadly, I wansn’t able to try it.
Too bad. With so many people wanting to experience it, you have to buy tickets at an earlier time. The counter opens at 7am. And sadly, at just about 2pm, no tickets are available anymore.
Another good reason for me to go back to Genting Highlands.
So after an unsuccessful try, I went around to see what is still available within an hour and a half stay left for me to go around, take photos and at least experience one attraction in Genting. i went to see at the theme park and lo and behold, I saw the Flying Coaster.
For just RM 12 per ride, I took my chances lining up, with 30 minutes left for me to try it. The Flying Coaster is similar to roller coaster, only this time, you are not sitting down on a chair, but rather, you are on your tummy as if flying like a superhero.
So, i went on to take the ride together with two other bloggers Mae and Frank of WhenInManila.
My excitement was filled as I stepped on the bars where, initially, I stood up. You might be thinking, how was the experience?
One word — SUPER.
For a moment there, I thought I was Iron Man flying and swirling around fast.
Personally, I find it better than a conventional roller coaster ride. It gives more excitement by lying on your tummy.
Here is a look of the Flying Coaster track from afar.
So, if you are up for one adventure in Genting, try it, and you won’t be sorry.
Photos cost RM 30 for regular non-framed photos while RM 50 for framed. They have others in keychains as well.
After the ride, we ran back to our group to make it to the shuttle going to Petronas Twin Towers.
Sadly, I just do not have much time to travel around Genting Highlands. But hey, that’s another reason to go back – to try other things there.
So, if you find yourself wondering how to fly to Kuala Lumpur, you might find the following information helpful for you and your travel companions. Kuala Lumpur can be visited from the Philippines via air through several air carriers.
One of the carriers that offer regular flights to Kuala Lumpur is Zest Air that just opened its maiden trip to Kuala Lumpur last May 10, 2013.
And fortunately, I was one of the passengers of Zest Air’s first flight to Kuala Lumpur. You can book online via FlyZest.com or through your travel agents. Flights from Manila to Kuala Lumpur via ZestAir are scheduled daily at 6:45am (starting of May 10, 2013).
For more updates about fly schedules to Malaysia, particularly in Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu, you can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter. For budget flyers, just wait for ZestAir‘s announcements of low-fare or 1Peso-fare promo.
Another airline you can also try is AirAsia, known for low-fare yet quality service and on-time flights, if you are flying from Manila or Clark. You can follow them on Twitter or Facebook for more details on flight schedules and promos.
FYI: ZestAir is now with a strategic alliance with a known regional carrier, AirAsia, to help operate ZestAir’s international destinations.
(UPDATED – January 3, 2014)
AirAsia Philippines completely rebranded ZestAir to AirAsia Zest.
Bookings on AirAsia Zest are to be made via the AirAsia.com site.
AirAsia flies to Kuala Lumpur daily from Manila, twice in a day, and so are the return flights to Manila.
TIP: Make use of their flight booking view options, from a 7-Day fare guide to a month-view fare guide to better choose the flight scheds or what suits your budget in their fare scheme.
What’s good about the month-view is that you can see the lowest rates they AirAsia has in a month’s time.
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