The Last Bits of our Genting Highlands Trip

Apart from the special check-in counters, there is another VIP treatment for the World Club guests. That is the buffet breakfast!

The buffet breakfast for World Club guests will be served at the World Club Lounge located on the 24th floor of Tower 1 and 28th floor of Tower 2. This is a private dining area for World Club guests only.

All the guests from the Standard and Deluxe Rooms will enjoy their buffet breakfast at the First World Café. I heard that the café can be quite crowded especially on peak seasons. There are over 6,000 rooms in First World Hotel, and the amount of guests can easily hit 10,000!

In the exclusive World Club Lounge, you can dine with comfort. The place is very cozy with comfortable sofa seat, wooden flooring and views of the theme parks. However, the food variety is quite limited. You can choose to have your breakfast at the First World Café too, if you don’t mind the crowd.

Buffet Breakfast – noodles, dim sum, pau, rice, porridge etc..

V asked, “Want to eat char siew pau? Not bad la.”

Little Edison counting fingers after having his breakfast

World Club Lounge

After breakfast, we went to the Jungle Gym – an indoor adventure playground in Genting operated by Pedas Springs. It is very similar to Amazonia in Singapore. The entrance fee is RM28 for two hours. So, our boy had another hour of fun before we returned to our hotel and check-out.

Jungle Gym

He can never get enough of ball pit!

Climb, climb, climb…

Jump, jump, jump…

My favourite shot! 🙂

Our coach left Genting at 2pm. After a super tiring 7.5 hours journey, we finally reached our home sweet home at 9:30pm. Nonetheless, it’s still a nice short vacation for us. I truly enjoyed every moment of my time there with V and Little Edison.

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Genting Highlands: Indoor & Outdoor Theme Parks

Disneyland meets Las Vegas but on a smaller scale – that’s how people describe it on the internet. Personally, I find that it’s not so much of Disneyland here (no Disney characters at all!) but only rides. Las Vegas? Maybe. There are two casinos over here.

After having a hearty breakfast at the World Club Lounge, we went to the Outdoor Theme Park. We bought the all-parks one day unlimited ride passes. The main entrance to the theme park is located just beside the Theme Park Hotel.

Our first ride was the Double Deck Carousel. This is a family ride with no height limit. Our boy rode on this fancy carousel over and over again. The best thing is that there wasn’t any crowd. So, we can remain in the carousel as long as we want, without the need to exit and join the queue again.

Double Deck Carousel, can you spot us on the upper deck?

While we were having fun at the carousel, V went for a whirlwind adventure on the Spinner.

The Spinner

Just a few walks from the Spinner, there is a Beryl’s Chocolate Wonderland where colourful chocolate processing simply bursts before your eyes. Then, we proceed to another family ride called Astro Fighter. V and I took our turn to go on this ride with Little Edison.

Beryl’s Chocolate Wonderland

Me and Little Edison on Astro Fighter

V and Little Edison on Astro Fighter

Next to Astro Fighter, you can see the Rodeo Rider. Similar to the popular adult thrill ride Space Shot, this is a vertical ascent and descent thrill ride but on a slower speed for children. Little Edison wasn’t keen to try; I bet he was scared of the height.

Rodeo Rider. That’s not our boy in this picture!

There is a Koi fish pond besides the Flying Jumbo ride. Fish food is sold for RM3 per pack. Our boy enjoyed feeding them. After the fish-feeding, we proceed to the Monorail. It was such a delightful train ride offering a scenic view of the lake and the entire outdoor theme park.

Koi fish pond, feel free to feed them!

Monorail, nice one 🙂

Our boy spotted a children playground and he ran towards it happily. The weather was cool, naturally breezy and sometimes sunny in the early afternoon. There are also various game stalls in the outdoor theme park. You have to buy tokens in order to play at these stalls.

Children Playground

Games stalls like this are everywhere in the theme park!

We were interested to try out the boat ride on the lake. However, our boy didn’t meet the minimum height requirement – so V went ahead with the boat ride while Little Edison and I waited for him at the resting area.

Boating Area

We tried many of the family rides but not the thrill rides. The main reason is because Little Edison is too young for these rides and I’m probably too “old” for them. Haha! V said it was no fun to go on the thrill rides alone but I can’t possibly leave Little Edison alone to join him. So, at the end, we gave those thrill rides a MISS.

Here are some pictures taken in the Outdoor Theme Park:

Flying Coaster – the thrill ride

Little Edison driving the antique car – no license also can drive one!

Antique Train – boring stuff 🙁

Snapshot of the water park and boating area

We left the place at about 3pm after our boy fell asleep on his stroller. We took a slow walk back to our hotel. As soon as we reached our room, it started to rain heavily. All the rides will be closed because of the rain, sadly. We haven’t visited the Water Park yet.

After taking our shower and briefly recharged, we went out again to the Indoor Theme Park. It’s much smaller than the Outdoor Theme Park and it’s located at the First World Plaza. There are many family and children rides here, i.e. Ferris Wheel, Reindeer Cruiser, Mini Train and Rio Float.

The most interesting ride that you shouldn’t miss in the Indoor Theme Park is the Ride de Paris. You can see a small scale of Paris Eiffel Tower here with mini cars ride around the tower. The mini cars are only for children, so we let our boy enjoyed the car ride all by himself. There is another musical carousel in the Indoor Theme Park too.

Ride de Paris – his favourite! 🙂

Carousel in the Indoor Theme Park

All in all, Little Edison had a day full of fun at the theme parks. V and I were overjoyed having so much fun with him too.

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Genting Highlands: Buffet Dinner at Coffee Terrace

We reached the bus terminal in Genting Highlands at 3:30pm. The moment I alight from the coach, I felt the cold wind whip at my hair. So, I quickly took our boy’s jacket from the bag and put it on to keep him warm. Then, we took a slow walk to our hotel lobby.

Half an hour later, we arrived at our hotel room. It was so spacious and our boy was simply fascinated. Instead of taking his afternoon nap, he was literally running and jumping around in the room. We unpacked our luggage, took a shower and ready to go out for an early dinner.

We’ve been so hungry because we had our lunch in a rush when the coach stopped at Yong Peng. We planned to try out the buffet dinner at Coffee Terrace in Genting Hotel. It was highly recommended by V’s colleagues. The buffet dinner starts at 5pm, and the time was just right!

Genting Hotel is about 10 to 15 minutes walk from our hotel through a covered walkway. Little Edison fell asleep on his stroller while we were walking to Coffee Terrace. So, we had some quiet moments to enjoy our dinner before he woke up an hour later.

V and I at Coffee Terrace, our boy was napping on his stroller..

Coffee Terrace is one of the most popular dining options in Genting, serving a special mix of local as well as international delicacies. It has a massive seating capacity, nice ambience and a team of friendly staffs that greeted us with a smile the moment we stepped in.

Its menu is truly extensive, with a wide variety of delicacies that are categorized into six specialties namely:

  • Local Favourites – char kway teow, assam laksa, curry, Ipoh hor fun, ice kacang, Hainanese chicken rice, etc.
  • Nyonya – Nyonya fish head curry, soup, spice chicken, mango kerabu, etc
  • Japanese – Salmon sashimi, sushi, miso, chicken teriyaki, tempura, fresh Korean oysters, etc.
  • Western – grilled steak, salmon, pasta, soup, buttered vegetables, salad etc.
  • Chinese – la mien, dim sum, stir-fry vegetables with mushroom, soup, dumplings, etc
  • Western Asian – this is more like Indian food to me – chicken tandoori, biryani rice, papadum, roti prata etc.

The Japanese Kitchen is our favourite!

Star Dish of the Day – fresh Korean oysters!

There is also a wide variety of cakes, pastries, ice-cream and fruits. For just RM71 per pax (after tax), I find that it’s really value for money. Definitely one of the best buffets I’ve ever had too!

A variety of pastries…

and cakes too…

 

Genting Highlands: Coach and Hotel Accommodation

Last week, we went for a short vacation to Genting Highlands, Malaysia. It was our first vacation by coach. Initially, I was skeptical if Little Edison is able to endure the travelling time of six hours by coach. But it turned out that the journey was quite easy for him – even when the exact travelling time was a freaking 7.5 hours!

We took the Five Star Executive Coach from Golden Mile Complex. The seat is a massage chair that is surprisingly very spacious and comfortable. Each seat is equipped with TV and game console. Our boy was happy to sit on his own, play with his smelly pillow and Hello Kitty, and eventually falling asleep.

It’s a massage chair, so comfy too!

TV and game console on each seat

The coach left Singapore at 8am sharp. It stopped for half an hour at Yong Peng (Johor) for lunch break and another two toilet breaks before we reached Genting Highlands at 3:30pm. Luckily, the bus terminal is just a short five minute walk to the hotel lobby.

There are many accommodation options in Genting Highlands – Highlands Hotel, Resort Hotel, Theme Park Hotel, Genting Hotel and First World Hotel. We chose the latter because I stayed there once and I like its convenience to the First World Plaza, indoor theme park and food galore.

Again, being the largest hotel in Genting Highlands with over 6,000 hotel rooms, I’ve read negative comments about the long check-in queue. Our friends recommended the World Club Room to us; it has special check-in counters without the long wait.

So, I’m really glad that we booked the World Club Room. The first four check-in counters are allocated for World Club Room guests only and we took less than 3 minutes to check-in.

V checking-in at the special counter for World Club Room guests

We chose a room on the highest floor (28th floor) at Tower 2 with views of the theme park. The room has two single beds, a sofa, a dressing table, bathroom with a separated standing shower and bath tub, fridge with complimentary drinks, coffee and tea making facility as well as hair-dryer (must-have for me!).

The World Club Room size is 450 sq. ft, which is double the size of a Deluxe Room. I understand from the reception that there are 3 choices of World Club Room – two queen size beds with no bath tub, one queen size bed with bath tub OR two single beds with bath tub. We chose the latter because our boy loves bath tub so much.

Here are some pictures of the World Club Room. It is priced between RM305 (Low) to RM550 (Super Peak). Personally, I find that it’s very spacious, clean and suitable for families with children.

Sofa to sit and relax!

Two Single Beds

View from the room

Wardrobe and dressing table

Sink and standing shower

Little Edison in the bath tub

Toiletries

In my next post, I’ll share about the food and theme parks in Genting.