Berjaya Hills


If you have always wanted to see various cultures of the world in a single destination, then Berjaya Hills gives you the chance to do just that.

Nestling serenely against 16,000 acres of rugged hills surrounded by the tropical rainforest, Berjaya Hills beckons with three different settings. The main draw here is the French-style Colmar Tropicale, a replica of the original 18th century Colmar Village in Alsace, France. Tucked away higher up is the Zen-inspired Japanese Village. The third and newest attraction here is the Chateau Spa & Wellness Resort, a French themed boutique hotel and spa modelled after an 18th century medieval castle in France.




Penang Hill


Penang Hill is one of the oldest colonial hill station established by the British during their time in Malaysia. Explored in the late 18th century, a horse trail was cut by the Waterfall Gardens (present day Penang Botanic Gardens) to the summit of the hilly spine of Penang, allowing the British to escape from the chaos of George Town to the cooler climate on the hill.

Penang Hill comprises several hills including Strawberry Hill, Halliburton’s Hill, Flagstaff Hill, Government Hill , Tiger Hill,and Western Hill. The highest point of this range is at Western Hill, with an elevation of 833m (2,723ft) above sea level. The range also serves as the largest water catchment area on the island, and a number of tributaries to major rivers in Penang.

In the early days, mode of transport to the hill was via horses, or a system called ‘doolies’, where masters were carried up the hill on special sedan chairs. To further explore the potential of the hill, systems of bridle paths were cut by Indian penal servitude prisoners for the establishment of more bungalows on the hill.

The Penang Hill Funicular Railway was the newest mode of transport established for access to the summit. The first railway was constructed in 1901 and completed in 1905 but was rendered useless, due to technical faults. A second railway was commissioned in 1909, and works for the second line started in 1914. On 1st January 1924, the 2,007m long funicular railway was officially opened by then Governor of Straits Settlement, Sir L.N.Guillemard. The last upgrade was in 1977, before a complete overhaul of the system in 2010.

Must do:

  • Enjoy the view of the northern coast from Crag Hotel, or simply sit back and enjoy the lighting up of George Town at dusk.
  • Explore the forests of Penang Hill, and discover interesting plants such as tropical oak trees and also the interesting carnivorous pitcher plant.
  • Keep your eyes and ears peeled to the calls of various fauna that can be discovered on the hill. If you are lucky, you may be able to spot the Giant Black Squirrel feeding from the canopy, the beautiful Dusky Leaf Monkeys playing or the Greater Racket tailed Drongo singing melodiously on the hill.
  • With the oldest building dated to 1803 (Convalescent Bungalow), Penang Hill is a good repository of bungalows featuring a fusion of architecture from British colonial to Asian and modern architecture.



Genting Highlands


Genting Highlands is an integrated resort development comprising hotels, casinos and a theme park in Pahang, perched on the peak of Gunung Ulu Kali at 1,800 meters high. Nestled near the border of Selangor within an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur (about 35km). On a clear day, the peak overlooks lush valleys of rainforest stretching towards KL, a breathtaking view for visitors as they enjoy the cooling weather and serene mountain environment.

Since 1971, Genting Highlands has remained the only legal gambling outfit in Malaysia – its very own mini Las Vegas on a mountain top. While the casinos are central to Genting Highlands, a theme park provides fun rides and activities for adults and children alike, while the First World Plaza is a colourful shopping complex with family restaurants, entertainment centers and trendy boutique outlets. On the peak, First World Hotel – the largest hotel in Asia with over 6,000 budget rooms – provides much of the budget faccommodation along with family-oriented Theme Park Hotel. Maxims Genting (Genting Grand) and Highlands Hotel are classy five star establishments while Resort Hotel bridges the gap between budget and luxury accommodation for visitors.

Other attractions / activities:

  • Strawberry Farm
  • Chin Swee Temple
  • Mushroom Farm
  • Bee Farm
  • Memorial Hall
  • Gohtong Jaya
  • Cable Car
  • Awana Genting Highlands Golf & Country Resort
  • Jungle Trekking

Twentieth Century Fox World Genting Highlands Coming Soon in 2016
Sources: http://www.rwgenting.com/en/themepark/fox/index.htm

GENTING HIGHLANDS, 17 December 2013 – Genting Malaysia Berhad today announced its RM5 billion Genting Integrated Tourism Plan (GITP) which will see a major 10-year master plan for development, expansion, enhancement and refurbishment of hotels, theme park and infrastructure at Resorts World Genting.

The GITP which will be carried out in phases includes the development of a RM1 billion Twentieth Century Fox World and the proposed establishment of Genting Premium Outlets.

The Honorable Prime Minister of Malaysia YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak officiated the launch of the Twentieth Century Fox World and Genting Integrated Tourism Plan held at the Genting Grand Hotel in Genting Highlands on 17 December 2013. Present at the launch ceremony were Y Bhg Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman and Chief Executive of Genting Malaysia, YA Bhg Tun Mohammed Hanif Omar, Deputy Chairman of Genting Malaysia, Y Bhg Dato’ Sri Lee Choong Yan, President and Chief Operating Officer of Genting Malaysia and Mr Jeffrey Godsick, President of Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products.

The GITP will bring about an era of change for both the tourism and integrated resort industry in the country and enhance the position of Resorts World Genting as a major tourism hub and cement its position as a well known destination of choice in Malaysia.

“We believe that the GITP will become a major investment in the East Coast Economic Region (ECER). Given the magnitude of GITP’s potential impact to the Malaysian economy and tourism industry within the ECER, I am pleased to announce that the project has been designated as an Entry Point Project (EPP) under the ambit of the East Coast Economic Region Development Council,” said Tan Sri Lim.
Genting Malaysia had earlier entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with ECERDC on 16 December 2013 on the proposed RM5 billion GITP. Under this collaboration, the GITP is expected to spur greater economic growth, generate entrepreneurial and employment opportunities consistent with the goals and targets of the ECER and Malaysian tourism as a whole.

“We are confident that the GITP will be a major contributor towards helping the ECER fulfill its target of attracting investments of RM110 billion and creating 560,000 jobs within the East Coast,” added Tan Sri Lim.

Under phase one of the GITP, Twentieth Century Fox World is expected to boost the number of tourists to the resort. The resort has been welcoming more than 20 million visitors every year. Tan Sri Lim said that although Resorts World Genting has consistently achieved above 90 per cent overall hotel occupancy rates over the last five years, it was imperative that the resort maintained repeat visitation and destination loyalty through continuous enhancement of the integrated resort.

Phase one of the GITP will include the development of new hotel properties, infrastructures and amenities as well as the refurbishment, upgrading and modernization of the existing Genting Grand, Maxims, Resort Hotel, Theme Park Hotel and First World Hotel. Approximately RM4 billion is being invested for this progressive phase which will also see the development of a 1,300-room 3-star hotel adjacent to the First World Hotel.

Other expansion plans include a show arena with a 10,000 seating capacity enabling Resorts World Genting to feature top-notch entertainment acts and further enhance the status of the resort as a provider of world class entertainment.

With a projection towards increased patronage to the resort from year 2015 onwards, phase one of the GITP will also include the development of a new cable car station with a holding capacity for 100 gondolas, capable of transporting up to 4,000 passengers per hour from the mid hill to the resort. Currently Resorts World Genting has one of South East Asia’s fastest cable car systems with the capacity to hold 100 gondolas and carry 1,600 passengers per hour on a 3.4km distance. Other development plans include a multi-storey car park with 3,100 parking bays and additional bus bays. Approximately RM1 billion has also been allocated for the second phase development which is currently in the planning stages.

Tan Sri Lim also expressed confidence that the proposed opening of Genting Premium Outlets at the mid hill of Genting Highlands, under the Genting umbrella will support the GITP’s initiatives of attracting more tourists to the resort which will be recognised as a shopping haven. The proposed Genting Premium Outlets project is still at the conception stage.

Once opened, it will be the second premium outlet in the country and in South East Asia after Johor Premium Outlets which was opened in 2011 within the Iskandar Economic Zone. Similar to Johor Premium Outlets, Genting Premium Outlets will offer a wide range of international designer brand names ranging from fashion, sportswear, fine leather, luggage, housewares, home furnishings, fashion accessories and more.

To date, Johor Premium Outlets has provided more than 3,000 job opportunities and attracted annually more than 4 million discerning shoppers from the region.

“With the anticipated opening of Twentieth Century Fox World in 2016 and the major developments that are taking place, there will be an increase in the number of local and international tourists. We are confident our GITP initiatives will lend credence to the country’s target of 36 million tourist arrivals, RM168 billion tourism receipts and 3.3 million jobs creation by 2020,” said Tan Sri Lim.

One of the major projects being undertaken within phase one of the Genting Integrated Tourism Plan (GITP) towards the enhancement of Resorts World Genting is the development of the estimated RM1 billion Twentieth Century Fox World.

The theme park is the first of its kind in the world and is in response to the growing demands for theme parks that provide a combination of rides, attractions and movie-fantasy appeal. Plans for the development of the first international Twentieth Century Fox World at Resorts World Genting was formalised in June this year between Genting and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products.

When the collaborative partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products was first announced, the initial investment by Genting Malaysia towards the development of the new theme park was RM400 million. Today after further reviews on the concept and rides, the project is now estimated at approximately RM1 billion and is expected to bring the very best in theme park rides and attractions.

“The opening of the first Twentieth Century Fox World theme park at Resorts World Genting takes our rich history of storytelling to a whole new level and will provide an exceptional entertainment experience,” said Jeffrey Godsick, President of Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products.”

People from around the world will gather here in Malaysia to become part of the story and to experience the magic and adventure of their favorite Fox properties,” added Godsick.

“Genting as a developer of the world’s top resort destinations is a natural and valued partner for Twentieth Century Fox,” said Greg Lombardo, vice president of location based entertainment for Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products. “The creation of a world-class entertainment destination in a vital market like Asia is a landmark step in Fox’s global theme park strategy, extending our brand and engaging audiences in new and exciting ways.”

The international Twentieth Century Fox World will consist of unique creative concepts featuring more than 25 rides and attractions of a cinematic nature on 25-acre of land. Visitors to Twentieth Century Fox World will be enthralled by some of the attractions that include action, adventure, animation and sci-fi genres and incorporate spectacular special effects from top movies such as Ice Age, Rio, Night at the Museum and Alien vs Predator to name a few.

Describing the Twentieth Century Fox World as a unique and compelling world-class theme park, Genting Malaysia Chairman and Chief Executive Tan Sri Lim said, “With its mix of rides, attractions and movie-fantasy appeal, Twentieth Century Fox World will definitely pave the way for the continued growth of Resorts World Genting with next level family entertainment experience which will attract tourism dollars to Malaysia.”

The Twentieth Century Fox World theme park will replace the outdoor theme park which ceased operations in September this year to make way for the new development. Resorts World Genting’s indoor theme park however, remains open to the public and continues to offer fun entertainment for the whole family. Visitors can still enjoy the Sky Venture, Snow World, 4D Theatre, Indoor Coaster Ride and many other rides and attractions.




Cameron Highlands


Cameron Highlands is the smallest district in Pahang which is located in the north-western corner of the state. One of the most popular hill resort in the country, this highland paradise still retains much of the charm of an English village. Although massive development in the last decade has changed the landscape of the highlands, it remains a popular destination for those who wanting to to escape the hot weather of the lowlands.

Being a primarily agricultural domain, you will find an abundance of vegetables and fruits farms dotted all over the highlands. Cameron Highlands is also the leading producer of flowers and tea in Malaysia. Be prepared for a lovely sight of tea plantations and beautiful flowers you won’t see flourishing elsewhere in Malaysia.

Located on the Titiwangsa Range at about 1500 metres above sea-level, the temperature here can drop to 16 ˚C or lower at certain times. The weather here remains at the lower 20′s most of the time.

Cameron Highlands is made up of 4 main townships followed by smaller settlements at different elevations. The first town from the south is Ringlet, followed by Tanah Rata, Brinchang, Kea Farm, Tringkap, Kuala Terla and Kampung Raja.

Must do:

  • Visit the tea plantations
  • Enjoy a steaming cup of tea with scones
  • Buy fresh blooms at the flower gardens
  • Sample fresh strawberries and homemade jam
  • Visit a cactus farm or vegetable farm
  • Enjoy golfing against a spectacular backdrop
  • Trek into the fantasy-like Mossy Forest
  • Go mountain hiking



Pahang


Pahang is the largest state in Peninsular Malaysia. Nearly two-thirds of the state is enveloped in verdant rainforest, making it a magnicent enclave of lush greenery, exotic wildlife and natural treasures.

Its magnificent natural attractions include Taman Negara, a 130-million-year-old rainforest as well as animal sanctuaries, parks, lakes and waterfalls. Other natural gems include Endau-Rompin State Park and Tioman, an idyllic island.

Pahang’s capital city is Kuantan, a bustling township with interesting sights.

Come, enjoy this Gift of Nature today!

Places of Interest:

  • Endau Rompin State Park – The untouchedwilderness at the Endau-Rompin State Park is one of the country’s last remaining lowland dipterocarp forests. This is the second-largest national park in the peninsula and it straddles across the states of Pahang and Johor (in the southern region). Spread over 80,000ha, the park is home to a plethora of exotic plants and animals.Within the area, the nearly-extinct Sumatran rhinoceros, tigers, elephants and tapirs roam free. To protect the environment, only certain areas of the huge park are open to tourists. Permits must be obtained before entering this nature reserve. Trekkers are advised to get the services of forest
    rangers.
  • National Elephant Conservation Centre – One of the best attractions in the state, this centre offers a chance for visitors to come up close with Malaysian elephants (Elephasmaximus). Established in 1989, the centre is dedicated towards rescuing and translocating elephants. The centre is the only one of its kind in the country and it aims to educate the public on the importance of conservation and protection. The best times for a visit are when the elephants are fed or taken to the nearby stream for a bath. Activities are held from2.00pmto 3.45pm. Kuala Gandah is situated about 40km from Bentong.
  • Deeland Park Lanchang – Adorable deer, ostriches and peacocks are among the ‘stars’ at this delightful park. The 4.5ha park is a sanctuary for these animals that roam freely amidst the tropical vegetation. Similar to a petting zoo, visitors can feed the animals with sweet potatoes and food given by the staff. Much of Malaysia’s herbs and medicinal plants are also found here and a walk along the Herb Trail gives visitors a chance to take a closer look. Accommodation is available at the Bukit Rengit Institute of Conservation Biodiversity.
  • Fraser’s Hill – Nestled prettily amidst the Pahang rainforest is the little hamlet of Fraser’s Hill. Akin to a little Scottish village, Fraser’s Hill is characterised by granite coloured mock-Tudor houses and colonial-style buildings. The hill resort exudes a nostalgic charm, almost as if visitors have been taken back in time, to a bygone era. At 1,524m above sea level, the highland resort is a naturalists’ paradise boasting a wide range of plants, birds and animals. Fraser’s Hill is ideal for visitors who are interested in gentler pursuits.
  • Cherating Beach – Fringed by the waters of the South China Sea, Cherating Beach offers a quiet holiday amidst a rustic atmosphere. The shore is lined by hotels and resorts catering to all budgets, from backpacker’s inns to luxury beach resorts. Just nearby is Kampung Cherating, a tranquil Malay village that sits prettily amidst swaying palms and tropical vegetation. Cherating Beach is about 47km north of Kuantan. Other popular beaches in the vicinity are Chendor, Teluk Chempedak and Balok.
  • Premium Outlets Genting Highlands
  • Twentieth Century Fox World Genting Highlands (Coming in 2016)
  • The Royal Town Of Pekan
  • Sungai Lembing Museum
  • Chendor Turtle Hatchery and Conservation Centre