Lost World of Tambun Hot Springs and Spa and Night Petting Zoo

My last trip to Lost World of Tambun Hot Springs and Spa was earlier this year. H & I were invited to experience their newly opened pools as part of a media trip. It was a blast, since they closed it off to the public and we had the whole place to ourselves.

This time around, I came with my fam over the weekend.  It was a far cry from ‘relaxing’  – the place was so crowded we barely had space to move around, let alone enjoy anything..

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Since it was Halloween month, fun and spooky decos peppered the theme park – from paper cut outs of clowns and zombies to a Carnival-esque atmosphere and props.

We went straight for the hot spring pools after putting our stuff in the locker. I didn’t want to get my phone wet, so if you want to see more photos of how the hot spring pools look like, you can read my previous review here.

….Let’s just say I prefer coming here when it’s quieter. With so many people the pools got dirty and there really isn’t much relaxation to be had when you’re crowded into a small space with like 20 other half naked people. .__.

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Don’t leave after soaking though – walk a little further and you’ll come to the Petting Zoo, which is also open for visitors at night.

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Greeted by the sight of a couple of fat raccoons running around in their enclosures and up on the branches which are very close to the walkways – visitors can reach out and touch them but be careful since these are not fully domesticated animals: they might bite !

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The fish in the little stream seemed to glow in the dark, thanks to the lighting.

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Fluffy guinea pigs in an enclosure. There were also hamsters running around in a very large hamster cage with dozens of ‘rest stops’ and play spaces.

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Wee little wabbits. One came close enough to the side for me to touch. So soft and warm I wanted to take it home. .__.

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These…. can’t be touched

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Iguanas keeping warm under the lights.

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A fluffy cockatoo. Didn’t touch it because that beak looks painful.

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Tortoises hardly move and they live for a really long time.

That’s a lesson for all of us, innit?

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Out of nowhere, a chicken.

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Over at the reptile area were some really huge snakes, such as the reticulated python which is the second largest snake in the world after the green anaconda.

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I know some people who can’t even look at snakes out of fear, but I think they have very pretty skin. They also feel nice to touch.

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What does the Tapir sound like? Ever wondered?

We found out first hand when this guy started screaming at us for no apparent reason. Maybe we looked at him/her wrong. It sounded very screechy, a cross between a trumpet and someone trying to clear their sinuses.

Did you know that tapirs are wonderfully well-endowed? Don’t google it, you will be traumatized.

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The Zoo also has Fennec foxes, which are very rare in the wild and also very very pretty. Mum says they look ‘haughty’ and I agree. I mean, if you’re this beautiful, why shouldn’t you be a little haughty, right?

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We walked over a bridge across the crocodile enclosure, which was home to a number of smallish crocs and a big ass labi-labi (softshell turtle).

Although the hot spring was crowded, we still had a lot of fun exploring the mini zoo – but I would recommend visitors to come on weekday nights instead to avoid the throng of visitors. All in all, the facilities are well maintained and it’s very value for money. Great place to take the kids.

LOST WORLD OF TAMBUN HOT SPRINGS AND SPA/THEME PARK 

No.1, Persiaran Lagun Sunway 1, Sunway City Ipoh,
31150 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan,
Malaysia

Operating hours: 6pm – 11pm (closed on Tuesdays)

Theme park tel: +605 542 8888
Hotel tel: +605- 540 8888
Email: lostworldoftambun@sunway.com.my

Lost World of Tambun Theme Park, Perak Malaysia

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Small bikes for rent.

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Children’s section of the water park, with slides, a boat and playground structures.

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Those who want a good scare can enter the Haunted Chambers. I chickened out before we got all the way inside. 😛

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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A staff member showing a guest how to get to the tin deposits at the bottom.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Inside the aviary enclosure, visitors can get some bird feed and have the birds fly right up to peck them from your hand. Aw ❤

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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,
Malaysia

Theme park tel: +605 542 8888
Hotel tel: +605- 540 8888
Fax: +605- 542 8899
Email: lostworldoftambun@sunway.com.my

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.

 

Lost World of Tambun Hot Springs & Spa by Night

My parents hail from the state of Perak in Malaysia, which is famous for its beautiful limestone hills. Every year while driving back, I’d marvel at the sight of these majestic wonders, shaped over millions and millions of years. Some of the oldest are around 400mil years old (!!!).

But while my trips to Perak have always been to visit relatives, I’ve rarely gone on a holiday there: simply because not much has been done to promote its tourism until recently. Recently on a media tour, I got to experience one of these hidden gems – The Lost World of Tambun, a 10-minute drive from Perak’s administrative/city center, Ipoh.

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A theme park cum night spa/hot spring by night, Lost World is surrounded by ancient hills and lush greenery. Done to resemble ruins of an old temple, the place was officially opened in 2004 and is the only theme park in Southeast Asia that also has hot springs.

Our visit this time was to cover the launching of new additions to the lineup: the second phase of their hot spring and spa facilities.

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A 2 1/2 hour ride from Kuala Lumpur later, we checked in to our hotel. The room (Exotic) was spacious, with two fluffy beds and basic amenities such as Wifi, coffee and tea making facilities, TV, desk, dryer, safe, etc. The TV only had like five channels, but I don’t think anyone would wanna stay in the room when there’s a whole lot of fun to be had at the theme park, right? The shower’s heater wasn’t working, but since we had already settled in we didn’t want to change rooms.

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After a quick rest, we walked across from our hotel to the theme park. Guests were given special wristbands for entry.

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An invited Indonesian band serenaded visitors with chill tunes, amidst a backdrop of the hills and the park’s manmade beach. A pretty picture, to say the least.

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Just next to the entrance is ‘Ipoh Street’, a row of food stalls done to look like Ipoh’s colonial shophouses. Ipoh was a former mining town which grew into a city, and is now the hub of Perak state. During British occupation of Malaya in the 1800s to 1900s, many Chinese immigrants settled here and took up jobs tin mining, opening up businesses and rubber tapping. This culture and history is reflected in the Ipoh of today.

We were given free reign to grab food at the stalls, since the place had been closed for invited guests only. Yay!

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We found a seat under a gazebo in a shallow pool. It felt like a pool bar. Interesting experience, to eat while soaking your feet 😛

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Dinner – chicken siewmai (dumplings), which was freshly steamed and super yummy, but we kept having to go back to the stall coz the lady refused to give us more than two each time >->. Also had rojak, a mixed fruit and vege salad in thick shrimp paste, and curry mee. There was a long line for noodles as that was the only ‘main’ meal, all the others were snacks. Malaysians being Malaysians, we have to get our carbs in.

My favourite was the mutton soup, which was peppery and filled with chunks of fatty mutton.

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The launch gambit included a fire breathing show by the resident theme park performers, Flaming Percussions. To the beat of tribal drums, the two fire breathers had us gasping in awe as they sprayed fire from their lips and even swallowed flaming sticks!

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And then it was on to try out the hot springs! 😀 Both H and I were happy kids.

With a total of 15 attractions (13 pools, three private huts and a Crystal Spa), the place generates a whopping 3.3mil litres of natural geothermal water everyday. The springs are scattered across the area and some are hidden so be sure to check them all out (we missed a few :(…) 

(Above) Saphira’s Lair is a family-friendly, shallow spring with beautiful coloured lights, giving it an appearance of a disco-esque pool. The effect was lovely. Temperature here was about 40, which was just right to soak, while all around the pool were high powered jets of water for a massaging effect.

The last time I was at a hot springs was when I was a kid, and I didn’t even get to go in.. so I guess this was my ‘first time’. Easing myself into the hot water and feeling it wash over my body, I could literally FEEL my tired muscles un-knotting themselves. Wow. Should really go for a soak more often!

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The new phase of the hot springs was unveiled to be a 25ft waterfall which seemed to cascade from the mountains itself. At the foot of this fall were smaller Jacuzzi pools with gemstone names like Amethyst and Sapphire. Lights changed colour, lighting up the pools from below to create a relaxing glow.

Caution: The water here is friggin hot. Like, cook-an-egg kinda hot. The highest was 45C and both H&I only succeeded in getting it up to our knees.. and we saw this Auntie just plunge into it like nothing .__.”

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The Emerald Lagoon area was my favourite. The water temperature is similar to what you get in a hot bath – not scorching, but very soothing/relaxing. The tiles were teal blue, creating a beautiful visual as different coloured lights sparkled around the place. There were private huts surrounding the pool, which you can rent for a fee. I think we soaked in this for well over 40mins!

We also tried Saphira’s Twister, a slide which goes right into a pool of cool water surrounded by a hot spring. Other attractions include a foot reflexology pool, Crystal Pool, Infinity Pool, and more. We missed the Crystal Spa D: where guests can enjoy aromatherapy and traditional massages. Maybe next time.

All in all, I enjoyed my visit to the Hot Springs and Spa tremendously. The springs are beautiful and clean, everything is well kept and maintained, and there’s nothing more relaxing than soaking in a hot jacuzzi after a long day travelling.

Entry is RM22.08, available walk-in and online.

More details at: http://sunwaylostworldoftambun.com/product/lost-world-hot-springs-spa-by-night/

Operating hours: 6pm – 11pm (closedo on Tuesdays)

LOST WORLD OF TAMBUN HOT SPRINGS AND SPA BY NIGHT

No.1, Persiaran Lagun Sunway 1, Sunway City Ipoh,
31150 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan,
Malaysia

Theme park tel: +605 542 8888
Hotel tel: +605- 540 8888
Email: lostworldoftambun@sunway.com.my

 

 

 

Preview: Lost World of Tambun

It’s 12.20 am and I have work tomorrow (oh wait, its today), but I’ll just put this up here :>

Stay tuned for the blog entries on my trip to Lost World of Tambun Theme Park / Hot Springs and Spa!

ps it took me two hours to upload this coz of shitty line and two hours to put it together so enjoy. bleh.