Plans for the construction of the resort were drawn up in the 1960s, before which the area was a largely undeveloped tropical wilderness. Malaysian-Chinese businessman Lim Goh Tong came up with the idea after paying a visit to the Cameron Highlands – situated north of Genting resort in Pahang – and was won over by the beautiful views and crisp air.
Three theme parks have been built at Genting Highlands – the Genting Outdoor Theme Park, First World Indoor Theme Park and the aptly named Water Park. These are home to more than 20 signature attractions, including the white-knuckle Corkscrew – a double-loop rollercoaster that reaches speeds of up to 45mph and loops at heights of 90ft above the ground.
After dark, venues such as the Arena of Stars and Genting International Showroom play host to performances from some of the biggest names in comedy, theatre, music and more. Bargain-hunters won’t be disappointed by the First World Plaza, described by the resort as Malaysia’s coolest shopping destination.
Today, Genting Highlands remains one of Malaysia’s top holiday destinations and is especially popular with families, children and school trips.