The Main Range – also known poetically as Banjaran Titiwangsa in Malay – is a ridge of granite mountains that forms Peninsula Malaysia’s north-south backbone. Many of the range’s peaks reach above 6,000 feet and this is where the cool hill stations of Cameron Highlands, Fraser’s Hill and Genting Highlands lie. Genting is acknowledged as Malaysia’s premier hillside station; this Kuala Lumpur mountain peak getaway is Malaysia’s Asian-style Las Vegas. Renowned for its casino, nightlife and luxury hotels, it features the First World Hotel – which was listed as the world's largest hotel in 2006 by the Guinness World Book of Records.
Dubbed the City of Entertainment, this breezy resort-town is especially popular with locals and weekend warriors from Singapore. Dotted with touristy hotels, it has more than a few attractions – namely cave temples erected in honour of important figures – and frequently plays host to a slew of international acts that range from Boyz II Men to Leona Lewis at the Arena of Stars.
If you’re tired of the bright lights and kitschy slot machines, then take to the cool hillside, saddled atop a beautiful horse and take in the sights of the greenery of the tropical forest. The equestrian centre is located within the Awana Genting Highlands Golf & Country Resort; it’s a good way to spend time within the lush jungle without having to hoof around on your own two feet.
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily
Location: Awana Horse Ranch, Awana Genting Highlands Golf & Country Resort, KM13, Genting Highlands
Tel: +603 6436 9000
Situated on a 28-acre plot of rocky forested land, the Chin Swee Caves Temple is situated in the most scenic site of Genting Highlands. This Taoist temple was erected in honour of Reverend Master Chin Swee, a religious figure renowned for his ability to summon rain and drive away evil spirits. The central attraction of this temple is the black statue of Chin Swee in the entrance hall.
Location: 3.7 kilometres away from the Theme Park Hotel
Genting Highlands sport some lush tropical greenery in stark contrast to what you would expect from this supposedly glitzy Asian-style Vegas hillside station. While it may not sound like much of an interesting venture, going out for a stroll is a really good idea; the crisp air as well as the spectacular views of the lush greenery and surrounding mountainside are all simply spectacular.
Location: Genting Highlands
Acknowledged as the biggest strawberry farm in Malaysia and the first of its kind in the Genting Highlands region, the Genting Strawberry Leisure Farms is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Located just across from a strip of shop lots, this farm has a strawberry field, a flower park as well as a strawberry-themed café.
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 18:15
Location: No.1, Lot 3707, Jalan Jati 2, Bandar Gohtong Jaya
Tel: + 603 6100 1121
Another must-visit attraction, the Kuala Gandah Elephant sanctuary was established in 1989 and is the only one of its kind in Malaysia. Home to over 500 wild elephants who’ve been displaced by diminishing habitats, these gentle giants will lift peanuts from your hands and even let you hop on for a quick ride.
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00
Location: Kuala Gandah, Temerloh (45 minutes away from Genting Highlands)
Tel: +603 6101 3105
Be inspired by the story of Tan Sri Dato Seri (Dr.) Lim Goh tong, founder of the Genting Group. Renowned for his vision and courage, this enigmatic man successfully transformed Genting Highlands from an unexplored hilltop into one of the world’s most successful casino-oriented hill stations.
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00
Location: Genting Sempah – Genting Highalands Highway
Genting Highlands’ Arena of Stars has played host to a multitude of international acts from Boyz II Men to Leona Lewis. The fully roofed amphitheatre equipped with state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems is one of Malaysia’s top music venues. Catch a show when you’re in town and enjoy being serenaded by some of the best performers in the world.
Location: Genting Highlands Resort
Tel: +603 2718 1118
Flower lovers will fall head over heels in love with the World of Phalaenopsis. This farm houses an assortment of some of the most beautiful and exotic orchids; there are over 398 varieties of these flora types’ in various hues of pink, yellow, purple and white.
Location: Lot 100, Gohtong Jaya