Hi Guys, welcome to Sister’s Stories, in this post I, Lil Sis, will tell you about my story traveling to Genting Highland last September 2019. In 2017 I went to Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, and penang, you can check my stories here. As we know the weather in Malaysia is the same with Indonesia, hot and humid. But Genting Highland like its name, it is located on high place, so the temperature is chill and nice for me, yearly temperature no higher than 25 °C .
So, I bought the ticket to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. FYI, I fly to Malaysia from Jakarta, Indonesia. Usually I always buy ticket from Traveloka or tiket.com but this time I bought my ticket from airasia website, I dont know what the reason But we can not find air asia on traveloka or tiket.com anymore since march 2019. From what i know airasia is annoyed with traveloka because they felt discrimanated by traveloka. Anyway whatever the reason, I just want to tell you guys Air Asia is is a Malaysian low-cost airline, so if you want to go to Malaysia you need to check their website. Usually its so much cheaper than any flight. Anyway I bought air asia flight for 2 people (me and my mom). The ticket include only 7kg cabin baggage.
So, I will fly with Air Asia Flight at 5:00 am, the boarding time is 4:30 am , because my house is super close to airport (Soekarno Hatta Internatioanl Airport), I went to airport at 3:30. Air Asis is located at Terminal 2 Soekarno Hatta International Airport. They have so many self service check in machine. So if you only have cabin baggage, I recommend you to just use this machine. I forgot to record it, I am so sorry. Oh yeah, FYI, this is my mom first time going abroad, so it makes me nervous a little bit because i need to take care my mom. Hahaha. Anyway, we need to input the booking number on the machine, scan our passport, and tadaaaa the boarding pass will come out from the machine. It is so easy to use and you don’t need to queue.
The boarding is on time and we arrived at 08:15 am Malaysia Time. The flight it self is 2 hours, but Jakarta and Malaysia have different time zone, Malaysia is an hour ahead than Jakarta. We landed at KLIA 2. My plan is to ride 9.30 am bus from KLIA2 to Genting highland. We have more than 1 hour to catch the bus. But something unexpected happened, the queue of immigration check is so long, we spend more than an hour there. I don’t know why, the immigration staff works really slow, checking the passport and everything, and sometimes some of them just sit there without serve any people, meanwhile his friend beside him already serves 3 or 4 people. So We missed the 9.30 am bus. You can check the bus schedule and how go to Genting highland from KLIA from this site.
The bus come every 2 hours, so I need to wait until 11.30 , so I want to swith to second option, go to Kuala Lumpur Central and then ride bus from KL Central to Genting, FYI, it is much cheaper that ride bus from airport and the bus come every 30 minutes. But my mom said her foot is sick, her shoes is not comfortable, so I choose to stick at the first option, so she can take a rest. FYI, my mom is not young anymore and she has bad stamina. Waiting in KLIA2 is not a problem, because this airport is so huge, even my mom said this is mall not an airport. You can find everything here, so our waiting is not too boring.
The Bus terminal in KLIA2 is located at Level 1, just follow the direction well. The bus ticketing counter also located on the same level. I bought the ticket, the price is 35 RM so I spent 70 RM for 2 people. I am not sure whether they accept payment with card or not, I pay with cash. And the staff with so bright smile told me to wait 2 hours because my bus just take off like 5 minutes ago. After you got the ticket from the staff check where is the gate, my ticket told me the bus will be wait us at the A9. I suggest you to stand by at least 10 min before the time, because the bus not stay there for a long time. In the ticket they have chair number, so at first we think we must sit according to that, but surprisingly when we step into the bus, the chair number is different, so of course I and another passenger confused. Then the driver told us to sit everywhere we want, just ignore the ticket.
Arwana Bus have spacious seat. It’s really comfortable, and the seat is reclining seat too so we can sleep. The trip from KLIA2 to Genting highland is 1,5 hours, and the bus will use toll road and there is no splendid view during the trip. So in my humble opinion , we better sleep during the trip. We will arrived at Awana Station in 1,5 hours. From the Awana Station we can ride Awana Sky Way to Genting Highland. We arrived at Awana Station at 1 pm , so time to lunch. We go to Genting Highlands Premium Outlets and having lunch at the food court.
In Awana Station there is some restaurant too, so we have a lot of choice just choose which ever you want to eat. Because I eat at the food court, the taste is so so. My mom choose to eat that have prasmanan style / warteg style, so we will have a rice and choose what side dish we want, there are a lot of veggies and meat on their menu. The taste is good but nothing special. I choose wantan noodle, for me there is nothing special too. But we are hungry, so we eat them well.
So after we finish eating, we go to Genting Higland Premium Outlet. You can find a lot of branded store here, and the price is so much cheaper, they give discount every day year-round. The conept is good too, it is a outdoor shopping center with good view and nice weather. I want to buy shoes, and I saw the shoe that i really like and discount too, but it’s branded one so even though it’s been discounted , it’s still expensive and with my mom around i can not buy it. Wkwkwkw. I bought Godiva Ice Cream there, Godiva is famous with their chocolate, and their chocolate ice cream is good too. In Jakarta we can find their outlet at Plaza Indonesia, so yes it is expensive. Maybe if my mom know the price , she will scold me. Hehehehe
After, strolling around, buy some oleh oleh too, I decideed to go up to the real The Resort World Genting Highland. We need to buy cable car ticket first. There a 2 type of cable car, the normal one and the one with glass floor. For normal Gondola, one way ticket is 9RM and return ticket is 16 RM, and the ticket valid for 72 hours, so if you buy return but you will return 2 days later you still can use the ticket. At first I think we must use it at the same day, so i only bought one way ticket, but later when I read the ticket carefully, I know I already do stupid thing, I must buy return ticket, it will be cheaper. From Awana Station to SkyAvenue Station only need 10 minutes, in the middle the is Chin Swee Station , we can freely stop here there is beutiful Chin Swee Temple up there. You can check the detail here
We will stay at First World Hotel. It is the world’s largest hotel with convenient access to key locations such as the First World Plaza, SkyAvenue and Skytropolis Indoor Theme Park and the price is so cheap. I will review this hotel in another post. For budget traveler I really recommend this hotel, so cheap. Anyway you get what you pay so don’t expect too much. We rode the Cable car from Awana station to Sky Avenue Station, and the view is so breathtaking. If you brave you must ride the glass floor gondola, I bet it will be thrilling but with this view It is worth. My mom will not enjoy ride the glass floored so I choose the normal one. Hehehehe.
Anyway, after so much struggle from 3.00 am, so early in the morning, go to airport, missed the bus, finally We arrived at our Hotel. The First World hotel is connected to Sky Avenue, so we just need to walk to our hotel. Check in and take a rest before continue our trip to explore the Sky Avenue (it is a mall, they have casino inside). I will continue my story in next post, just stay tune.
By Lil Sis