Pahang in Malaysia offers the best of both entertainment and relaxation with its top highland resort destinations – Genting Highlands and Cameron Highlands. Nestled on top of Titiwangsa Mountains surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and cold climate, Genting and Cameron provide tourists with an abundance of leisurely activities amidst a soothing, tranquil backdrop of a resort destination.
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Only 50 kilometers away or an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur City, Genting Highlands is perched on the peak of Gunung Ulu Kali, one of the highest mountains on the Pahang-Selangor border, 1,800 meters above sea level. A popular weekend getaway among locals and foreign tourists alike, this hill resort is the perfect destination to escape the city heat with its stunning view of lush valleys that welcome visitors with a cool, calming breeze. Behind the relaxing ambiance lies a City of Entertainment with its offerings of casinos, theme parks, and various attractions that both adults and children can enjoy.
Genting Outdoor Theme Park
Chin Swee Caves Temple
Dubbed ‘Fun City Above the Clouds’, Genting Highlands offers a myriad of entertainment and fun pursuits for thrill-seekers. Being the only licensed gambling spot in Malaysia, Genting Highland’s biggest draw is its casinos, such as the Casino de Genting, where visitors can enjoy a game or two of poker, blackjack or baccarat. For avid golfers, golf courses are abundant in some resorts for those who want to tee off amidst lush greenery.
For kids and kids at heart, theme parks provide a dose of exhilaration at such popular spots as Genting Outdoor Theme Park, First World Indoor Theme Park, and Water Park. When your adrenaline rush has subsided, you can explore surrounding attractions like the Chin Swee Caves Temple, Genting Strawberry Farm, Highlands Mushroom Farm, Gohtong Highlands Garden, and Lim Goh Tong Memorial Hall and Park for a little bit of laidback exploration and cultural immersion. Of course, no visit to Genting Highlands is complete without riding the Genting Skyway, a monocable gondola lift that used to be the world’s fastest and Southeast Asia’s longest gondola lift.
Located about 200 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands or the 'Camerons' is the largest hill resort in Malaysia. Nestled 1,500 meters on top of breathtaking mountains, the Camerons was named after British government surveyor William Cameron who discovered the plateau in 1885. Comprised of peaceful townships that reflect the charm of an English village, the Camerons boasts of resorts, tea plantations, and strawberry farms that provide a relaxing and enjoyable holiday. Whether you’re looking for a nature adventure or exciting explorations, the Camerons is your best bet to discover leisure activities at a highland paradise.
The Camerons offer a bevy of natural attractions if you're looking for a quiet commune with nature. Vegetable, tea and strawberry plantations are abundant at this hill station for those who want to know more about these locally grown produce. Butterfly parks are also a constant favorite among visitors. Museums like the Time Tunnel, which showcases the historical heritage of Cameron as well as Malaysia is also a must-visit, as well as the Sam Poh Chinese Temple, which boasts of intricate architecture and breathtaking sights. Parks like the Rose Center in Kea Farm and Cactus Valley at Brinchang town offer a chance for more sightseeing explorations. A game of golf can also be enjoyed at the 18-hole Cameron Highlands Golf Course.
Nature lovers will love the great activities they can enjoy at the Camerons. Hiking and jungle trekking at Tanah Rata and camping at Sungai Pauh are just some of the must-do activities for nature-trippers. Tourists can also marvel at the natural allure of Kuala Woh recreational forest park at the foothills of the Camerons, be in awe by the majestic beauty of the Gunung Brinchang and Gunung Irau mountains, or simply discover the natural charm of the mossy forest. Waterfalls like Lata Iskandar, Robinson and Parit Falls can also be discovered.
Awana Genting Highlands Golf & Country Resort
At Genting Highlands, stay at Awana Genting Highlands Golf & Country Resort, a luxury hotel situated before the peak of Genting Highlands at Gohtong Jaya. Its spacious land area provides for a wide range of recreational activities, including its 18-hole, Ronald Fream-designed championship golf course, which is ideal for those who want to experience the uniqueness of highlands golfing.
From Genting Highlands, you can take a cab going to Cameron Highlands, which is about two and a half to four hours away. Or you can take a bus from Genting to Ipoh’s Gopeng Bus station, and from there another bus ride to Cameron.
Your home at the Cameron Highlands is at Greenhill Resort, which houses apartment units for those travelling with family or big groups. Feel home away from home with its cozy units that each has a private balcony to enjoy the spectacular view of the highlands.