Rise and shine! We’re at the Lost World of Tambun in Perak, Malaysia :) After enjoying a soak at the hot springs and spa last night, we woke up feeling refreshed and ready to explore the theme park.
But first things first: breakfast!
The hotel’s restaurant is just across the road, next to the theme park’s entrance. Not much variety, but the food was decent. Guests can order omelettes and fried eggs at the live cooking station.
Besides local breakfast favourites like Nasi Lemak and fried mihun, they also had stuff like ham, toast and butter, baked beans and cocktail sausages.
After filling our tummies, we went to tour the theme park. Divided into different sections, there is an Amusement Park, Water Park, Petting Zoo, Adventure Park, Tiger Valley and Tin Valley. Walking into the place,visitors will be greeted by the sight of carnival rides against a backdrop of beautiful limestone hills. The air here is fresh and crisp – perfect for a getaway from the city.
(Above) Dragon Flight, a spinning top ride which swings riders up into the air.
We went on the Storm Rider, a pirate ship that claims to swing ‘180 degrees into the air’. In reality I think it was slightly lesser, and the ride wasn’t going too fast – we were even allowed to carry our phones and cameras on board.
Small bikes for rent.
Children’s section of the water park, with slides, a boat and playground structures.
Those who want a good scare can enter the Haunted Chambers. I chickened out before we got all the way inside. :P
Fancy having a wedding, meeting or conference in a chilly, echoing cave? The Kepura Cave is available to rent for funtions, conferences and other events.
Since the theme park was big and it was really hot, we hopped onto the Adventure Train, a funicular train that takes visitors quickly through attractions around the park. The driver kindly stopped at intervals so that we could get down and take pictures.
(Above) Tea house, built into a cave in one of the limestone hills.
“Tin Valley” showcases Perak’s illustrious tin mining history. In the first half of the 20th century, Kinta Valley in Perak (where the Lost World of Tambun sits today) was the world’s top tin ore producer – much to the delight of the British who occupied Malaya back then. To cater to the demand, foreign labour from China was brought in – creating a large part of the Chinese diaspora we see in the country today.
One method of getting tin ore from mining lakes was through dulang washing. Workers (usually women) would stand in shallow water and sift through pebbles and sand to get to the rich deposits.
My maternal grandmother was a dulang washer, and my mum used to tell me stories of what hard work it was – she had to be out early in the morning and only got back late in the evening.
A staff member showing a guest how to get to the tin deposits at the bottom.
Tiger Valley, with resident tigers Putra and Jazz. The enclosure was spacious and the the tigers looked well cared for – better than a lot of other zoos in Malaysia.
Lake view near the Adventure Park section, where visitors can try out exhilarating rides such as high rope, abseilling, kayaking and zipline. The sight of those pretty limestone hills reminded me of Tam Coc in Vietnam. Sometimes we seek for travel destinations elsewhere when equally beautiful places can be found within our own country. I should do more exploring!
The ‘Needle of Tambun’ or Pencil Rock is a lone part of a hill which has survived for millions of years while others around it have eroded away. Jutting 40ms into the air, it has been called one of the eight wonders of Tambun.
Last but not least, we stopped by at the Petting Zoo! There were many small animals, reptiles and birds here, some which visitors could touch. I was impressed by how well the animals were cared for, as they had spacious enclosures and looked healthy. The birds, especially, had such vibrant colours.
The zookeeper was really cute. And the birds seemed to love him ! A few even perched on his hair and twittered noisily from atop their vantage point.
Inside the aviary enclosure, visitors can get some bird feed and have the birds fly right up to peck them from your hand. Aw <3
Furry golden ferret sleeping so cute.
Lost World of Tambun theme park is a great place to go to for a short weekend getaway. There’s something for everyone: the kids will love the water park and amusement rides, while the adults can enjoy the relaxing hot springs and spa by night. The entry price is only RM48, which I think is worth it for the value you get. Top notch!
No.1, Persiaran Lagun Sunway 1, Sunway City Ipoh,
31150 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan,
Theme park tel: +605 542 8888
Hotel tel: +605- 540 8888
Fax: +605- 542 8899
Open Mon-Fri: 11:00am till 6:00pm
Weekends, School and Public Holidays: 10:00am till 6:00pm
Closed on Tuesday, except on Malaysian school & public holidays.