Genting Highlands is an integrated hill resort that is home to the largest hotel in the world and the only legal land-based casino in Malaysia.
Genting Highlands, all in one luxurious entertainment resort.
The history of Resort World Genting
Resort World Genting, often abbreviated as RWG, is constructed and established in 1965 by a private company called Genting Highlands Berhad. Later on, the first Prime Minister of Malaysia granted a gaming license to support the growth and development of the area in 1969, since he was so impressed by the mountain resort being developed by a private sector that without any help from the government. Ever since then, Genting Highlands has been known as the only legal land-based casino in the country and home to the largest hotel in the world according to the Guinness World Record for the period 2006 – 2008, and from 2015 until the present day.
The First World Hotel
This three-star hotel is announced as the largest hotel in the world from the number of rooms by Guinness World Records in 2006, where it boasts an impressive 6,118 rooms. In 2008, the title was taken by the Venetian in Las Vegas, but the First World Hotel took back the title in 2015. This time, the hotel has a staggering amount of 7,351 rooms after a construction of a new wing has been finished. The 500.000 square-foot First World Plaza above the lobby is home to various retail and dining outlets, as well as the Skytropolis indoor theme park. The Plaza also has an access to the SkyAvenue, the newest shopping mall in Genting Highlands. Other than that, there are also several five-star hotels available for the more sophisticated guests, such as the Rockford, Maxims, and Awana Hotel.
Genting Outdoor Theme Park
The other theme park in Genting Highlands other than the indoor Skytropolis is the Genting Outdoor Theme Park. Since 2013, the park has been closed permanently to be replaced by the much bigger and the world's first 20th Century Fox World theme park, which will be due in 2019. The 20th Century Fox World will be the only functioning 20th Century Fox theme park in the world as the other one in Dubai is being put on hold. The theme park will feature many attractions from the films that belongs to the studio, such as Avatar, Titanic, X-Men (co-owned with Marvel), and many more.
Genting Highland Casino
After getting the gaming license from Tunku Abdul Rahman, the First Prime Minister of Malaysia, Genting Highlands soon opened its first legal land-based casino in 1971. It boasts about thirty tables and a number of slot machines. By the 80's the casino has doubled in size and moved to the Highland Hotels to cope with its ever-increasing customers. As of now, the casino sprawled over 200,000 square-feet of gaming grounds separated into several outlets, Genting Casino and SkyCasino being its primary outlets. The casinos offers a combination of exciting games and cutting-edge technology that would rivaled other famous casinos such as Las Vegas, Macau, and the like.
Arena of Stars
This 6,000 seat capacity concert hall is built in 1998 and is definitely one of the major attractions of Genting Highlands. Many world-renowned musicians and artists have performed on its stage, such as Boyz II Men, Michael Learns to Rock, Lionel Richie, S.H.E, Jolin Tsai, and the likes. The 45,000 square feet amphitheater also had been used in the past for hosting several events such as the IIFA Awards, Zee Cine Award show, and others. At first, the concert hall was built in the open without any roof. However, as the weather around Genting Highlands can be pretty bad such as thick fogs, a roof was added later in the construction.
Chin Swee Caves Temple
High on a rocky slope in the Genting Highlands, lies a temple-cave complex complete with an iconic 9-story pagoda, a 15 meter tall Buddha statue, and other religious objects dedicated to the Chinese tradition and beliefs. The main 9-story pagoda is known for housing ten thousand lanterns or “blessing lamps” as it was called. However, only about 2,000 lamps that were still intact today. The temple complex boasts a breathtaking scenery and serene ambience that reminds us of the beauty of nature.
The Visitor's Galleria
Dedicated as a tribute to Genting Highland's founder, Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong, the gallery compiled the history of RWG, from its conception to construction to the world-class resort that we all know today. The Visitor's Galleria also divulged the background and autobiography of Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong, from a humble businessman to the owner of an empire. It is truly an inspiring story that many visitors would not like to miss during their visit.
As one of the latest additions in Genting Highlands, the SkySymphony offers an extraordinary journey to the world of cinematic visuals and audio orchestra using the latest motion graphics programming. The best part of this immersive experience is that it is free for the public. It really turns this fantastic performance into a must in everyone's itinerary when visiting Genting Highlands.
How to Get Tickets?
Some of the Genting Highlands attractions requires you to buy an admission ticket. Prices are vary depending on the venue. Entrance to the casino and shopping mall is free, as well as several attractions such as the SkySymphony, Chin Swee Caves, etc.
How To Get Around?
Traveling between venues in Genting Highland is easy. There are several shuttle buses as well as taxis to the remote areas, while the main venues such as hotels, casino, and theme parks are connected by walkways and escalators.
What Should I Wear?
There are no specific dress code for the majority of Genting Highland venues. The only place that has a set of rules regarding dress code is the casino. For example, no facial-obstructing apparels are allowed, such as sunglasses, hat, cap, mask, etc. Only sandals with ankle straps are allowed, so keep your flip-flop and slippers in your room. Males are also prohibited from wearing shorts in certain gaming area.
Best Time to Visit
As Malaysia has a tropical climate, you should probably visit Genting Highlands between March and September as the weather will be slightly cooler and there will be less rainfall. However, any time is a good time to visit as the weather tends to be comparatively the same.
Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)
Will I Need a Guide?
You don't need a guide around Genting Highlands as there are plenty of signs and the staffs are very helpful. Certain attractions, however, provides an optional tour guides to provide a better explanation and overall experience to the visitors.
How To Get There?
Genting Highlands can be reached via a bus from Kuala Lumpur, which can get you to the base of the highlands. From there, visitors can take a cable car, which is probably the longest cable car ride in Asia, to the Genting Highland. The ticket counter in KL central provides a full package that covers both the bus and cable car's admission fee. You can also take a taxi, albeit at a much more expensive rate.
The casino is not available for the Muslims who are citizens of Malaysia.