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Oriental pleasure

Genting Highlands in Malaysia offers the best of an organic and a leisure trip.

india Updated: Nov 03, 2010 00:53 IST
Rupali Dean

On offer was a mother and daughter package to unwind together, so off we set to Genting Highlands, situated just 45 minutes away from the glitzy capital of Malaysia. The place seemed perfect for a bonding holiday, where we met up with another mother-daughter duo. The girls instantly bonded and set about having fun together.

Living in a carnival
Theme parks, movie hall, shopping galore, restaurants & cafes, casinos and much more — made up the amazing Resorts World Genting. This magic kingdom was made up of an outdoor and indoor theme park. An assortment of rides made us all go berserk.

The Flying Coaster was the first ride that we decided to take. The queue was long, but it was worth every minute’s wait. This was an incredible ride, the best I ever had; a really intense inverted coaster, designed to simulate the feeling of flying. I came off shaking, but it was fun! The girls loved the Turbo Drop, one that takes you up really high above the park and lets you free fall back to the bottom. It sure did give a massive shot of adrenaline!

For the next two days, we lined up for different rides — some good, some very average, shopped, ate a huge variety at the Coffee Terrace and watched a movie.

Say your prayers
The following day, we took a shuttle bus to the Chin Swee Caves Temple — a Taoist temple built by the late Sri Dato Lim Goh Tong (founder of the Genting group). It was a pleasure walking around the temple premises and felt like being among the clouds at the Sky Terrace. The view of the iconic nine-storeyed pagoda from there was breathtaking. Inside the pagoda, I found thousands of blessing lamps installed for the devotees to dedicate those to the hundreds of beautiful Buddha figurines. The journey to the enlightenment figurines depicted how important it is to be a good soul, and this inspired my daughter.

Strawberry pleasure
A true Genting Highlands treasure, the strawberry farm was one of our favourite food stops due to its produce, the fantastic view and a relaxing atmosphere. When you arrive at the farm, pick up a box at the farm store. Head out to pick and return to pay. They have an honor till, where you weigh your own strawberries and leave whatever you owe. This till gave me a warm feeling that the world is still a good and honest place. The best part of this trip was watching my daughter roam through the strawberry fields in search of the reddest, ripest, and sweetest ones.

On offer at the farm were fresh strawberries, organic vegetables and mushrooms, strawberry jam, strawberry candies, honey, peanut brittle, cookies, wood carvings, clothes, bags and a lot more.

Fact File
Best Way To reach: Fly Air Asia or Malaysia Airlines to Kuala Lumpur. Take a car/coach from there.

Visa & Currency: Indians need a Malaysian visa to enter Genting Highlands. Currency used is the Ringgett Malaysia. 1 RM is approximately Rs 15

Must-Dos at The Indoor Theme Park: Sky Diving simulator sky venture, the wintry snow world, the engaging 4D Motion master and the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum.

Must-Dos at The Outdoor theme Park: Exhilarating rides such as the Corkscrew, Space Shot and the Flying Coaster. Do take a peek at the Pirate Ship and Beryl’s Chocolate Wonderland.