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..
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. .__.
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.
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 !
The fish in the little stream seemed to glow in the dark, thanks to the lighting.
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.
Wee little wabbits. One came close enough to the side for me to touch. So soft and warm I wanted to take it home. .__.
These…. can’t be touched
Iguanas keeping warm under the lights.
A fluffy cockatoo. Didn’t touch it because that beak looks painful.
Tortoises hardly move and they live for a really long time.
That’s a lesson for all of us, innit?
Out of nowhere, a chicken.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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,
Operating hours: 6pm – 11pm (closed on Tuesdays)
Theme park tel: +605 542 8888
Hotel tel: +605- 540 8888