there are lots of Automated Teller Machines in and around the Huge Genting Highlands complex and you may find them at the hotel lobbies and especially at the casinos where there are a bunch inside and most of these ATM's accept international consortiums like Cirrus, Discover, Plus and Maestro but a caveat: you will have 2 charges when you withdraw money in these atms (the local Bank atm's use charge and your bank charge from the bank in your country and the basic charge for a withdrawal is 15 RM whatever the amount so If you withdraw money then withdraw big especially when gambling otherwise use your credit card when you are just shopping).
Fondest memory: Money already converted to Malaysian Ringgit from the atm so no need to change from money exchange shops but still better just to use your credit card to avoid the additional bank charges for using the ATMS.
walking around the huge Genting Highlands Complex can be daunting if you are not the type who wants to walk winding roads and steep stairs going to and from the various hotels and the various shops and attractions around but one thing is that you would hardly get tired since the weather is nippy and the sun is not that hot since the altitude of the area is about 5,700 feet above sea level. The place is all interconnected by walkways or roads and staircases but if you have time in your hands, just take the free shuttle buses cruising all around the complex but be patient on the long waiting times on the bus stops or rather rides the taxis and negotiate the price since most do not use their taxi meters.
Fondest memory: It is nice to walk around the Genting Highlands since the air is nippy and you won't get tired easily and you would enjoy the various sites and can eat at the many snacks and restaurants around.
How big is your bag? If it is too big, you'll need to check it/them in. Reproduced below are the info:
Kindly be informed that effective from 1st June 2010, guests are required to check-in all baggage with size exceeding 56cm X 36cm X 23cm (22in X 14in X 9in) at the hotel front desks. Baggage measurement racks are available at Highlands Hotel, Genting Skyway Station Entrance, Ticket Counter, Express Lane Entrance and Queue Line area.
If you are boarding the Genting Skyway at Genting Skyway Gohtong Jaya Station, please check-in all baggage with size exceeding 56cm X 36cm X 23cm (22in X 14in X 9in) at the Baggage Handling Counter, Genting Skyway Complex (Level G).
Baggage measurement racks are also available at Genting Skyway Complex Level T1, T3 & T4.
Hope the above help and have a great time at Genting.
The Genting Express ride from 1-Utama is the most convenient facility ever introduced by Genting. My last trip up to Genting was by car was almost 10 years ago - and I didnt really enjoy driving along the Karak Highway. Hence the introduction of the bus is real welcome. It is efficient, bus is clean and comfortable. Over the weekend of Jan 26-27 2008 it only took us 1 hour to get from 1-Utama to the lower Genting skyway cable car terminal.
Fondest memory: I love the weather. It was a cool weekend of Jan 26 to 27 2008. The winds were blowing and rather foggy. But twas a real good break from the hot, humid and dusty KL city. It was my first time at First World hotel, and I was told much earlier that the rooms were small. But honestly it was just sufficient. There's so many activities going on until 1am on Sat night, you will find you only need to go back to your room when ur feet sores from too much walking. There is a lot of walking involved but in the cold weather it is rather comfortable.
Well I experienced waiting and standing in queue for more than an hour since it was a holiday.....oh My God it was very very tiring when you are alone ....no body to talk to you and you are only seeing tired faces. I would suggest just plan before you visit this place : it should be early in the morning because waiting to mount the chair lift is boring. While coming back there was no problem.
Fondest memory: Queue up for the sky chair lift
Accomodation and food is very expensive up there in Genting. What I would suggest is that you book yourself a hotel/guesthouse in KL and take a bus to Genting. It is cheap and takes less than 2 hours. Buy snacks from KL and bring them up.
*this tip only applies to travellers who are travelling shoestring style
Favorite thing: A trip to any theme park will not be complete without riding a rollercoaster, even a small one, but this small one is enough to make the kids scream at the top of the lungs. For me, well...it was a very mild one.
Favorite thing: Just like other theme parks and entertainment centres, there are lots of colours in Genting Highlands, both at the indoor and outdoor theme parks. Personally I think the colour sense of the Genting Highlands as a whole is very pleasing and good.
Favorite thing: Genting Highlands can be very confusing at first, but this place has very good and informative signboards and maps to guide you to the various attractions. Besides Malay language, the signboards are also in English and Chinese. The map can be obtained at the various hotels at Genting Highlands.
Favorite thing: One of the best things I like about Genting Highlands is the cool weather and relaxing atmosphere. In-between the casinos and theme parks, you can always go outdoor, sit at the benches and watch the world go by in the cool and foggy weather. No wonder a lot of locals and people from Singapore come here to escape from work and the hot tropical weather :)
Favorite thing: There is an impressive outdoor fountain and flower nursery just next to the outdoor theme park. You cannot miss it because there are so many colourful and huge flowers on dispaly. Due to the cool and dry climate of Genting Highlands, there are many temperate plants and flowers which are grown here which are otherwise not possible in the tropical and humid weather of Malaysia. This is not to be missed and more photographs are at the travelogue section of this VT page.
Favorite thing: More photos of my trip to Genting Highlands about 20 years ago. My family and I still visit this place periodically, especially my mother and relatives who go there very often, mainly to the casino :)
Favorite thing: I have been to Genting Highlands several times since I was young (about 10 years old) and have seen the tranformation and expansion of the place into a huge entertainment centre. Genting Highlands is perhaps my first travel out of Singapore as my family could not afford trips to destinations too far away from Singapore then. Genting Highlands has always been a favourite place for the locals as well as Singaporeans who went there mainly for the casino (for the adults) and the various games, rides, arcades (for the children). Genting Highlands always upgrade itself and expand and this is a very good move to attract repeated tourists back here as there is always something new coming up. Attached are some photos of Genting Highlands about 20 years ago when I visited during my younger days :)
Favorite thing: Addicted gamblers of Malaysia very much believe the casino has countless miniature ghosts in invisible form which the owner trained to make gamblers lose money. I dislike gamble but I enjoy telling this ghost’s story to tourists, hehehe. Head must be covered with newspaper when entering the casino of Genting so they (little ghosts) won’t notice your existence, and you will win. Bring sweets to feed them (little ghosts). Sprinkle sweets underneath where you play, to feed them (little ghosts), this way, you sure win. Try shouting the name of the casino owner Mr. Lim Goh Tong, it will help as well. A tip for cureless gamblers.
Take the Rolling Thunder Mine Train and
dive and plunge through rocky mountains and darkened caves on a wild roller coaster ride ith a rollicking difference.
Its at the bottom left hand corner of the pic.