Genting Highlands – City Of Entertainment
Genting Highlands is the self-proclaimed City of Entertainment and it is located in the state of Pahang in Peninsular Malaysia. What is unique about Genting Highlands is the fact that it is the only legal casino located in all of Malaysia. The City of Entertainment does live up to its name as it not only provides entertainment for the old but also for the young ones. A perfect example of this would be the theme park that comes equipped with a variety of rides and activities for the children.
Another attraction of Genting Highlands is its natural surroundings, the air is fresh and cool which is a far cry from the typical Malaysian heat making it a popular tourist attraction especially for the locals. The temperature here ranges from 15-25 degrees Celsius which is 5-10 degrees lower compared to that of Kuala Lumpur. In fact it is so cool here that some of the hotels are not equipped with air-conditioning yet you will not feel warm and stuffy at night. If you happen to visit Genting Highlands on a clear day then you will have the opportunity to see the stunning view of the valley, however you should be careful when it rains in Genting Highlands especially if you are driving as the visibility will drop to zero.
The casinos located here are open 24 hours a day and are limited to non-Muslims who are over the age of 21 years old. Popular table games such as roulette and baccarat are available here, as well as Chinese games which you will not find in the western casinos. There are also countless slot machines on the casino grounds where you can try your luck.
Finding your way around Genting Highlands can be both frustrating and easy at the same time despite branding itself as a city you will hardly find streets on any kind besides the roads for cars and other transportations. Most of the places are connected via vast warren of link-ways, underground tunnels and escalators which means that you will not have to venture outside into the cold, unless you willingly do it yourself. And you do not have to worry about getting lost as there is enough signage to point you in the right direction, however the tricky part of getting from point A to point B is that you will most probably be lead to either one of their casinos or hotels.
If you like to shop then the First World Plaza is a place to visit, located at the First World Hotel (in 2006 it was listed by Guiness World Records as the world’s largest hotel complex by the number of rooms) where you will find an interesting mix of activities ranging from an indoor theme park to shopping arcades. There is also the Times Sqaure area which is decorated with replicas of random landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower where you can see performances and magic shows especially during the holiday seasons.
So if you are planning your holidays you should give Genting Highlands a try, if not for the various activities that can be found here then maybe just for the cool fresh air.