I live in a tropical country which means it is hot and humid all year long. There are only two seasons here – dry, sunny season and rainy season. That is why my backpacking trip to Europe was a bliss. For Malaysians, one of the places to go to avoid the hot weather is Genting Highlands in the state of Pahang, Malaysia. The temperature is much cooler than in the lowland since it is on the highlands.
Genting Highlands is situated in the district of Bentong, Pahang. Its average elevation is 1,740 metres above sea level, bordering the states of Pahang and Selangor. It is cold in Genting since the average temperature during normal day time is around 20 to 23 degree Celcius.
As compared to Cameron Highlands, there are no plantations such as flowers, vegetables or tea plantations in Genting. Although it is cold, it is not so high and the land is not as fertile. As such, Genting is more famous for being a location for a getaway and entertainment.
In this article, I will share with you 6 things to do during a short getaway to Genting. These things were done by my wife and I during our short staycation there. Mind you, the last time we visited Genting was back in 2012. We were shocked to see how different Genting Highlands today as compared to 5 years back.
Ride on the new Awana Skyway
Awana Skyway is the new cable car system for Genting. The cable car ride starts from the Awana station which is located beside Genting Premium Outlets. The ticket price is RM 8 for a standard gondola. The ride will stop at Chin Swee station before proceeding to SkyAvenue station. This website shows information regarding the Awana Skyway.
Visit the Chin Swee Temple
I have that weird dream of becoming a kung fu fighter. When I was growing up, I loved to watch kung fu and shaolin movies. This temple looks exactly like the shaolin temples in those movies. The amazing thing about this temple is when you stand at the square, overlooking the vast mountains. If you are lucky, you will feel like you are actually standing among the clouds.
Stay at BW Premier Ion Delemen
This is not a sponsored post. I stayed at BW Premier Ion Delemen and that was the best decision that I have ever made. My room overlooks the mountainous Titiwangsa Range and it was so peaceful, waking up to such greenery. There was also a magical moment when fog gets thicker and thicker as it reaches the afternoon. It was an amazing view for the two of us.
Watch movies at SkyAvenue
There is a cinema at SkyAvenue mall, Genting Highlands which was just opened in 2017 called Bona Cinema (previously known as PictureHouse Cinema). Although there are many cinemas in the Klang Valley, this one is special because it is located more than 1,000 metres above sea level. Besides, it was cold inside the hall. I wonder whether it is because of the air conditioner, the natural air or the combination of both?
Enjoy food at Genting Highlands
SkyAvenue mall is a huge mall and it has a lot of well-known restaurants and food courts. If you are visiting Genting, it is advisable to go on an empty stomach so that you can savour all the delicious food available here. There is Burger & Lobster, a well known restaurant from London, Motorino, a pizzeria which use charcoal to make the pizzas, Japanese restaurants and the Malaysian Food Street (non-halal) which sell many popular dishes of this country.
Have fun at 20th Century Fox World
Well, I am writing this for the future since this theme park has yet to be completed and to be opened. This theme park, which will be the only functioning 20th Century Fox theme park in the world and the first in Asia upon its expected completion and opening, looks so huge and I believe that we will have a lot of fun at this theme park!
So, there you go. 6 things that you can do when having a short getaway to Genting Highlands.