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The Genting Highlands
Ben van Wijnen

When I told my Malaysian friend (Chinese) of myplans going to the Genting Highlands, he didn't react very enthusiast. Perhapshe was never been there.
"Have you ever been there?", I asked him.
"Yes", he answered, "A long time ago I've been there several times for my holidays. We rented with some friends a bungalow. The last time I've been there must be ten years ago".
"Didn't you like the Genting Highlands? You're not so enthusiast. Do I have to change my plans and go somewhere else?", I proposed.
"No", was his answer, "You must go. You must go to the casino and see, how Chinese gamble!"

And so I drove in my Rental car on the road from Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan. The four-lane road winded to above. The road was busy with trucks and vans. When we came to the highest point.
Here should be a tunnel, they told me. And after the tunnel you must turn to the right. So I did. Signs also told me, that this was the way to the Genting Highlands. We saw a lot of houses sown the road and at the exit of the highway, with among them McDonalds.

Now the road became more steep and more windy. Now and then a taxi from Kuala Lumpur passed me from behind to deliver his guests to the casino. Also speed bumps were very popular in the mountains. These are also well known in the Genting Highlands..

 


The more I came higher, the more the road became steep. Suddenly I drove along some hotels. Now we had to choose a hotel and book a room with a view. But.....all the parking garage was full and....all the parking places were full.
No need to worry! 
I stopped at the most expensive hotel "The Genting Hotel", that seemed the best to me. Got out of the car and handed my car keys to the bellboy. I asked him, if he knew a parking place for my car. He replied, that there was a special parking place for the guests of the hotel and that he would park my car. Next step was going to the reception. Booked a room and told the bellboy my room number for the suitcases. 

We were high in the mountains. When I draw back the curtains, I see only clouds. A few moments later they are gone. Clouds come and float away.  Sometimes I can't even see my car, which must be standing below me..




Genting in the mist

That afternoon we wanted to go to the casino: my wife, my daughter (18) and me. The casino is open 24 hours a day, isn't it? So, I put on my shirt and tie. My wife and daughter had a dress, who was revealing for Malaysia, I thought.
"You never get in in", I said.
"Of course we do", they replied.
So, we should try. And we went to the entrance of the casino. My two ladies walked right in!!!! And me???
"Sorry sir, you're not allowed. You can't go in like this! You have short sleeves. That must be long sleeves. You can rent over there a Batik shirt", and he showed me where to rent a shirt. 
So I rented a Batik shirt for RM 5 and I could also get in the casino.

I gave us all RM 100 to gamble. First we saw a lot of one armed bandits. Then we saw people playing roulette, blackjack, tai sai or baccarat. My wife and my daughter walked straight to the one armed bandits. The casino hall was extremely big. I saw all kind of restaurants. Some with fast-food; some with Malaysian dishes.
I tried also the one armed bandit, but my attention attracted by the roulette. Not to play, but to have a look! I gave my money to my wife (she was almost broke) and walked to the roulette tables. 

There were a lot of Chinese around the table. Money was changed into counters to play roulette. Some won and some took their loss without loosing their face. A heap of money was changed again: all banknotes of RM 100. The Chinese are really players. Win or loose: it don't seem to touch them!  Money was thrown on the gambling table to change and again they played. I was impressed by their gambling. 
So this is what my "Chinese" friend  meant by saying "you should go to the casino and see, how Chinese gamble". 


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In Malaysia you have to be 21 to go into the casino. Chinese and other races are allowed to gamble, except Malay people, because all Malays in Malaysia are Muslim (Islam). Their religion doesn't allow them to do so.
When a Chinese marries a Malay girl, he has to choose a new (Malay) name. Than he can't go anymore to the casino. To enter the casino you must have an identity card. Sometimes the doorman controls, sometimes they don't. When I was in the casino, there were a lot of bachelors, I think.
Besides the casino, there are a some golf courses on the Genting Highlands for those who love it. You can't sit all day on a chair in the casino! 
There's also a theme park with a roller coaster and a carting. The park was for us a little bit old fashioned. During our day in the Genting, there were only a few people. You didn't have to queue up. . 
The Chinese Malaysians come to the Genting Highlands for gambling. Outside they don't like it. It's too cold for them (20 degrees). The only people you see outside, are couples with children. They come for the theme park.

In the evening a lot of taxi's are coming from Kuala Lumpur with people, who like to gamble. With money that they have earned that day.
O.......I forgot! My wife lost all the money and my daughter.....she won!!! She bought coloured contact lenses for that money!

Transport to the Genting.

There's a limousine service available from your hotel.

Genting Transport Reservations Centre
(603) 6251 8398 or (603) 6253 1762

Limousine Service Counter
(KLIA Sepang)
(603) 8776 6753 or (603) 8787 4451

Limousine Service Counter
(Genting Highlands)
(603) 6101 1118 Ext 7750 or 7916

Buses to the Genting:

Pudu Sentral GENTING EXPRESS BUS SERVICE
Ticketing Office: Counter No.43, Ground Floor,
Pudu Sentral Bus Station, Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: 7am - 7pm (Monday - Sunday)
Tel: (603) 2072 6863
RM7.50
     
Pasar Rakyat GENTING EXPRESS BUS SERVICE
Counter 57 & 58 Mezzanine Floor, 
Pasarakyat, No. 8 Jalan Melati 
Off Jalan Imbi / Tun Razak,
Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours : 8.00am - 7.00pm
Tel: 603-21484300 / 21486300
RM7.50
     
KL Sentral GENTING EXPRESS BUS SERVICE
Genting counter at Level 2,
KL Sentral Station
RM7.30
     
Terminal PUTRA LRT Gombak GENTING EXPRESS BUS SERVICE
Ticketing Office: Ticketing Counter,
Terminal Putra LRT Gombak.
Opening Hours:
7.30am - 7pm Monday - Saturday.
8.30am - 7pm on Sunday
Tel: (012) 2369 611
RM6.60
Pekeliling Bus Station GENTING EXPRESS BUS SERVICE
6.30am 7.00am 7.45am 8.30am 9.00am 9.30am 10.00am 10.30am 11.00am 11.30am 12.00nn
and every hour until 9.00pm
RM3.60

 

 

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First World Hotel

With more than 6,000 rooms on offer, the Resorts World Genting - First World Hotel claims to be the world's largest hotel by room count with 500,000sqft of an indoor theme park, food galore, and shopping center. The main entrance is decorated with lush, grand, tropical rainforests greeting guests, followed by a spacious Spanish courtyard lobby. Every room is comfortably furnished with all the comforts you may need. Please enter your preferred dates of stay and submit our online booking form to make a reservation at Resorts World Genting - First World Hotel.

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Best Western Premier Ion Delemen

If what you're looking for is a conveniently located hotel in Genting Highlands, look no further than Best Western Premier Ion Delemen. The excitement of the city center is only 53km away. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.
Best Western Premier Ion Delemen also offers many facilities to enrich your stay in Genting Highlands. This hotel offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest.
Experience high quality room facilities during your stay here. Some rooms include television LCD/plasma screen, internet access wireless (complimentary), non smoking rooms, air conditioning, desk, provided to help guests recharge after a long day. Throughout the day you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the fitness center, golf course (within 3 km), and an indoor pool. Superb facilities and an excellent location make the Best Western Premier Ion Delemen the perfect base from which to enjoy your stay in Genting Highlands.

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Resorts World Genting Maxims Hotel

If what you're looking for is a conveniently located hotel in Genting Highlands, look no further than Resorts World Genting Maxims Hotel. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.
Resorts World Genting Maxims Hotel also offers many facilities to enrich your stay in Genting Highlands. While lodging at this wonderful property, guests can enjoy 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, convenience store, daily housekeeping, casino.
Guests can choose from 845 rooms, all of which exude an atmosphere of total peace and harmony. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. With an ideal location and facilities to match, Resorts World Genting Maxims Hotel hits the spot in many ways.

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Genting Highlands Court

Genting Highlands Court offers accommodation in Genting Highlands. Free private parking is available on site. Rooms come with a TV. Certain rooms have views of the mountain or garden. Each room comes with a private bathroom. First World Plaza is 2.1 km from Genting Highlands Court, while Genting Highlands is 1.9 km away. Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport is 42 km from the property.

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Ria Appartments

Offering quality accommodations in the casinos, family fun, nightlife district of Genting Highlands, Ria Apartment is a popular pick for both business and leisure travelers. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. Also within easy reach are Chin Swee Caves Temple, Genting Highlands Theme Park, Genting Highland Theme Park.
Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Ria Apartment is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. While lodging at this wonderful property, guests can enjoy car park, airport transfer, laundry service, coffee shop, elevator.
Hotel accommodations have been carefully appointed to the highest degree of comfort and convenience. In some of the rooms, guests can find television LCD/plasma screen, heating, desk, fan, television. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Superb facilities and an excellent location make the Ria Apartment the perfect base from which to enjoy your stay in Genting Highlands.

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Genting View Resort

Designed for both business and leisure travel, Genting View Resort is ideally situated in Gohtong Jaya; one of the city's most popular locales. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.
Genting View Resort also offers many facilities to enrich your stay in Genting Highlands. A selection of top-class facilities such as 24-hour security, daily housekeeping, kitchen, 24-hour front desk, facilities for disabled guests can be enjoyed at the hotel.
Experience high quality room facilities during your stay here. Some rooms include television LCD/plasma screen, wake-up service, desk, mini bar, balcony/terrace, provided to help guests recharge after a long day. The complete list of recreational facilities is available at the hotel, including badminton court, hiking trails, fitness center, sauna, golf course (within 3 km). Superb facilities and an excellent location make the Genting View Resort the perfect base from which to enjoy your stay in Genting Highlands.

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Resorts World Genting

When visiting Genting Highlands, you'll feel right at home at Resorts World Genting - Resort Hotel, which offers quality accommodation and great service. Only away, this 4-star hotel can be easily accessed from the airport. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.
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Resorts World Genting - Genting Grand

Set against a mountain backdrop, Resorts World Genting - Genting Grand is part of the colorful Genting Highlands City of Entertainment complex which offers guests an entertaining and relaxing stay. Located 50km northeast of Kuala Lumpur, the hotel features a large choice of guestrooms and suites fitted with modern amenities such as cable TV and an Internet connection. With a casino, shopping paradise, and a theme park all under the same roof, Resorts World Genting - Genting Grand is the destination for those wishing for satisfaction, style, and exclusivity. With impeccable service and modern amenities, guests are guaranteed to have an unforgettable stay. Have an amazing time in this new world of exuberance, fine dining, exclusive gaming, and unrivalled first-class services.

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