Genting Highlands © Eqdoktor
The Genting Highlands holiday resort, often called Resorts World Genting, has none of the colonial old world atmosphere of the other hill stations. Its main purpose is to entertain Kuala Lumpur's more affluent citizens. To this end, the Genting Highlands resort offers the only legal, land-based casino in Malaysia, a cable car, a four-hectare (10-acre) artificial lake, a number of hotels, a handful of fun theme parks (indoor, outdoor and water park), a horse ranch, and a golf course. The hill resort is less than one hour's drive from Kuala Lumpur, or can be reached by a trip in the cable car, the Genting Skyway, which was the fastest and longest gondola lift in Southeast Asia when it was built. Little of the dense virgin rainforest that once covered the area survives and the Genting Highlands, affectionately known as the 'Fun City Above the Cloud' is a modern playground with no hint of the quaint colonialism or natural splendour normally associated with hill stations. However, the resort does still offer a welcome respite from the humidity, standing at 6,562 feet (2,000m) above sea level. Most Malaysians flock here on holiday to enjoy the vibrant nightlife of dinner shows, discos and gambling.