Reaching Malaysia's party central is an experience in itself, as you must take the world's longest and fastest cable car, traveling at almost 20 feet per second. As if that isn't freaky enough, the hotel itself is a kaleidoscope of trippy colors with a traditional Spanish courtyard at its center.
Of course the development of First World has been influenced by Dubai's wacko ideas, including the indoor ski park which First World adapted for themselves as a Winter Wonderland with tobogganing. Visit their 28-lane bowling away, giant replicas of world landmarks, Asia's first free fall simulator, a hang-gliding rollercoaster and their massive casino before retiring to your room at the top of one of two towers looking out onto the mountains and the mania below.
When the hotel isn't sold-out, rates start at $65 and escalate around such important events as the Mtv Asia Awards and filming of Malaysian Idol and Star Idol Malaysia. That makes us want to go just to say, "dude, I totally just got back from 'Malaysian Idol.'" Oh man, we just had the best idea ever for this place: film yet another sequel to National Lampoon's Family Vacation here. It could be like Lost in Translation on acid; hooray for culture shock!
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