Photo By: Elin Chow
Last Christmas, my husband and I decided to visit Genting Highlands on a 2 days 1 night trip to celebrate my favorite season of the year. Although I have been a frequent visitor to Genting Highlands, it was sad to say that I have never gone on the Genting Skyway before. I always wanted to experience a cable car ride in Genting Highlands and am really glad that I finally have the opportunity to board one this time.
Genting Highlands is a hill resort city built on a mountain peak of the Titiwangsa Mountain Range at about 1,800 m elevation, located approximately 55 km North-East of Kuala Lumpur. Operated by Genting Malaysia Berhad, its businesses cover both leisure and hospitality services, which comprises casinos, hotel, restaurants and theme parks. Currently, Genting highlands is the only place that is granted with a gambling license to operate a casino in Malaysia.
Officially opened in 1997, the Genting Skyway is a cable car service connecting Gohtong Jaya and Resort World Genting. Spanning 3.38 km from its base station in Gohtong Jaya to its upper station in Resort World Genting, Genting Skyway is known to be one of the longest cable car system in Southeast Asia.
Operation Hours & Ticket Pricing
The cable car service operates daily, from 7.30 am in the morning till midnight. Prices of the ticket are as shown below:
For a return trip from Gohtong Jaya to Resort World Genting station, ticket is priced at RM 12.00 per person. Not cheap at all, but definitely worth the money.
However, for those who are not intending to drive their way up, taking the Genting Express bus is definitely a more affordable way to reach Genting Highlands. Prices are as shown below:
Prices of the bus tickets and journey duration vary depending on the location where you departed from Kuala Lumpur. For those who are departing from Terminal PUTRA LRT Gombok like us, it would take about 45 minutes to reach the base station in Gohtong Jaya.
A one way fare from Terminal PUTRA LRT Gombok is RM 9.40 and this includes a ride on the Genting Skyway.
For safety reasons, Genting Skyway will be closed during its monthly maintenance. During the maintenance period, please note that all Genting Express buses will be driving straight up to the Resort centre without stopping at its base station located down in the town of Gohtong Jaya.
So, if you are intending go on the Genting Skyway for a cable car ride up to Genting Highlands, I would advise you to check their website for the maintenance schedule to avoid any disappointment.
Upon arriving at the base station in the town of Gohong Jaya, we were surprised to see a ridiculous long queue already waiting to ride up to the peak of Genting Highlands. Although the queue was constantly moving since the cable cars came in quite quickly, we still have to wait in the line for more than an hour before it was our turn to board.
To avoid the long queue, try not plan your Genting Highlands trip on the weekends, public holidays or school holidays. Alternatively, you may wish to purchase an Express One Way ticket that offers you the exclusive priority to board before all the normal ticket holders.
The cabin interior is not spacious, with a maximum capacity of 8 passengers. Each of the cabins are equipped with four large panoramic windows, offering a spectacular 360 degree stunning view over the surrounding mountains and the rainforest canopy.
As the cable car silently ascends, I was amazed by the beautiful natural scenery unfolding before my eyes. Every view is just so amazing and breathtaking!
Moving at 6 metres per second (21.6 km/h), the entire 3.38 km journey from Gohtong Jaya up to the mountain peak only took approximately 11 minutes to complete. It was such a short but worthwhile experience.
Leaving the station at Resort World Genting, we proceeded to check into our room at First World Hotel. Comprising a total of 6,118 budget rooms, First World Hotel is known to be extremely popular among the local and foreign visitors due to its affordable rates.
There are really not much to do in Genting Highlands. We ended spending the rest of our day exploring the shopping malls and just enjoying our time with each other. Oh, we did visit the casinos as well, but did not really gamble. The most we did was to spend some of the time trying our luck on the slot machines and unsurprisingly, we left the casino empty handed.
Even so, we enjoyed the trip and we will still continue to visit Genting Highlands for its cooling weather. I enjoy how I could temporary escape from the heat, humidity and bustle of the cities. Genting Highlands is also a place where many of my fond memories are created and I will always look forward to the many more to come.
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