Genting Highlands is the casino district of Malaysia, a kind of “wholesome Las Vegas,” where gambling is legal but kids are more than welcome. Here, you’ll find an array of attractions and venues in the Resorts World Genting, offering activities for both adults and children. The resorts are operated by Genting Malaysia and are accessible by both car and cable car.
One of the most visited tourist resorts in Malaysia, Genting Highlands is located on a mountain between Selangor and Pahang. The “City of Entertainment” is about an hour away by car from Kuala Lumpur. The fastest way to get there is to take a bus from Kuala Lumpur, which takes about one hour. You can purchase the Go Genting Golden Package, which includes a return bus journey, a cable car ride, and a day pass at the Outdoor Theme Park. Keep in mind that the package is only valid for one day.
While visiting the Genting Highlands, you will have a unique experience; be prepared to encounter both run down areas and some pricey shopping, a mixture of old world charm and modernisation. There are no streets in Genting Highlands, although the many indoor walkways are filled with signs directing you to the casinos and hotels. Everything is civilized and you’ll be happy to hear, it is very difficult to get lost.
Located in the highlands of Malaysia, the temperatures are generally much cooler than in Kuala Lumpur. Nonetheless, a humid, tropical climate is most prevalent in the Genting Highlands, with average temperatures of 27C and 28C year-long and plenty of rain. The altitude of the area is more than 1700 meters. This means if the day is clear you may be able to see all the way down into the valley, but if Kuala Lumpur is experiencing rain, the visibility will be close to zero. Since you do not have to go outside to experience any of the attractions, the weather conditions are tolerable and, in fact usually, favourable.
Sunrise over the mountains
March to September
April and May are the warmest months to visit the area. During these months, average temperatures reach 28C/82F with highs of 32C/90F and lows which do not dip below 23C/73F. However, as stated, the region’s temperatures remain fairly constant and hot throughout the year. For example, March, July and August also have average temperatures of 27C/81F which do not drop below 23C/73F.
June and July are the driest months of the year with 120mm each across 16 or 17 days in the month. This of course is relative to the even higher amounts seen the rest of the year, which is typical of a tropical climate. During the drier months, lighter clothing will be advisable since most of the attractions do not use air conditioning. Still, you can visit the many theme parks, indoor restaurants, casinos or shops any time of the year without worrying about extreme temperatures.
May through to September are the best months to enjoy the sunshine in Genting Highlands as there are 7 lovely hours of sunlight per day at this time of year. You can enjoy the beautiful tropical weather while looking down at the lush rainforest. To make sure you can enjoy the views, the best time to sightsee is in the early morning before the fog rolls in, or in the late afternoon hours.
Chin Swee Temple
October to February
November is usually the ‘coldest’ month in the Genting Highlands, although this is relative as high temperatures still reach 31C/88F throughout the year! Low temperatures of 22C/72F are most likely felt in the months of December, January and February with less sunshine hours – each day only receives 5 hours. Of course, this is better than winter in Europe and the Genting Highlands offer the chance to escape to a warmer winter climate.
The most rainfall in the Genting Highlands is during November, with an average of 23 days of rain in the month and a whopping 280mm, so pack a raincoat! In fact, a sweater or cardigan will be advisable during the wetter months of the year since temperatures can get a little chilly during the rain, especially at night. If you are planning to enjoy the outdoors while visiting Genting Highlands in the wet months, bring a jacket. People who catch a chill easily may be a little uncomfortable without warm clothing if they are planning to walk around to see all of the various attractions.
A Buddha looking over the Valley
Earthquakes of low impact can occur on average about once every 50 years in the Genting Highlands. Although people inside might feel the effects, very few people outside will notice.
There is a high risk for flooding in the Genting Highlands. With the tropical weather and large amounts of rain, severe thunderstorms can occur without notice. Always pack for wet weather as well as for the heat.
Do note that the Genting Highlands suffers from occasional landslides, such as the infamous one in June 1995. However, you are unlikely to be affected although it is good to be aware.
Cable car in Genting Highlands