Pamper Dad with These Father’s Day Gifts from Lush Malaysia

With Father’s Day just around the corner (June 21), ditch the usual ties and socks and get something a little special for dad this year. Men deserve a spot of pampering as well, and Lush has a come up with an exclusive selection for Father’s Day, so you can gift them to dads, dads-in-law, grandpas or just anyone whom you feel deserves it ! The new range will launch on lush.my in the 1st week of June 2020.

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DIRTY BATH BOMB
It’s time to get cool with invigorating spearmint, tarragon and sandalwood.Turn the bath into a
refreshing lagoon of crisp, muscle -soothing mint and soak away all your worries.

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DIRTY SHOWER SCRUB
For soft and tingly freshness, use this naked (packaging-free) body scrub in the shower. Spearmint and menthol crystals cools skin, leaving you feeling fresh and clean.

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SUPERDAD BATH BOMB
From deep, blue waters emerge the sweet and smoky powers of guaiacwood and sandalwood. Superdad is here to save the day!

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DIRTY DEODORANT POWDER
A quick pit stop with this deodorant powder will have you feeling as fresh as a daisy. Pop some of this
powder under the arms and breathe in the crisp, clean scent to keep them feeling in mint condition.

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DIRTY SHAMPOO BAR
Perfect for scalps that need a little stimulation, and hair that needs a deep clean, pick up this reusable solid shampoo bar for a refreshing, invigorating wash.

 

Photos courtesy of Lush PR Malaysia 

LUSH’s New Bubble Bar Collection Is Perfect for DIY Home Pampering

I love bubble baths. Although I don’t get to enjoy them very often since we don’t have a bathtub at home, they’re always something I look forward to whenever I get to stay in a nice hotel.

For those of you who do have bathtubs in your home (lucky you!), LUSH recently released their biggest bubble bar collection to date, featuring 24 new bubble bars that were previously only available at the Lush Labs shop in Harajuku, Tokyo. You can now order them online or for Malaysians, buy them at the LUSH stores at Pavilion KL and Sunway Pyramid (after the quarantine has been lifted, of course!)

I’ve always loved LUSH for its innovative offerings and colourful creations, and the bubble bars are no exception. Just take a look at these amazing bars (some of which are too pretty to even think of crumbling up):

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A French Kiss – This one’s for the lavender lovers. Soak into the bath with this just before bedtime and let the soothing herbal scent lull you to dreamland.

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Abracadabra – Cast a magic spell and wave away bad vibes with spicy scents of olibanum and bergamot.

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Akaname –  This bubble bar is inspired by an urban legend of the akaname, a Japanese bathroom spirit with a long tongue that is said to lick up the filth in public bathrooms and toilets (trust Japan to have the most peculiar tales…). Fret not though; this akaname slurps around the bath to leave it squeaky clean and smelling fresh and lemony.

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Big Bottle of Calm – I definitely need this in my life, lol. Sink into bubbly purple waters and drift away to the beautiful lavender fields of France, while a chamomile tide washes your worries away. Run this into the bath with running water, let dry and set aside for another use.

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Relax… Take A Bath – Hunched over a computer all day? Take a dip in this relaxing teal-coloured muscle soak and dissipate the tension in your very own hot spring of lavender oil and Sicilian lemon oil.

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Peach Crumble – This cheeky pink bath-roon releases juicy grapefruit, fresh peach juice and sweet Davana to gently cleanse and refresh. Swoon over blueh coloured bubbles and an elevating fragrance – the perfect sweet treat after a long day.

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Nana – Climb into a softening bath of sunshine yellow, banana and creme brulee scented foam, for a dessert-inspired bath that smells good enough to eat.

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Milky Bar – Despite the name, the milky bar is actually dairy-free, featuring oat milk, sweet orange oil fragrance and a hint of patchouli.

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Mermaid Tail – Splash into a tub full of bubbles with this adorable bar, which combines silky-smooth bath oil and zesty, fruity scents.

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Lucky Cat – Cats are a symbol of good fortune in Japan, and this fuschia feline brings a plastic-free shimmer to your water along with a flurry of bubbles and a fresh, floral scent.

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Keep It Fluffy – The Doris Day of bubble baths. Lie back and dream of old school glamour. Powdery vanilla and uplifting lemongrass pair perfectly to create perfect pink bubbles.

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Goldfinger –  Luxuriate in dazzling gold plastic-free glitter and a heady mix of juicy Brazilian orange oil, bergamot, and delectable honey-scented waters. You don’t need a license to bathe for this one.

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Golden Pear – A fruit-shaped bubble bar to lift the spirits, smoothe and soften skin. Its pear-drop scent is reminiscent of spiced cakes and pastries.

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Figs in Honey – Another fruity number ripe for the picking. Benzoin resinoid offers a rich, balsamic sweetness, while myrrh offers a spiced undertone. A deeply moisturising cocoa-butter centre melts with the water, filling your bath with a dessert-like creaminess.

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Dirty – On the contrary, this bubble bottle provides a refreshing pink bath of spearmint and warming sandalwood, leaving you feeling refreshed and renewed.

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Crayon – Write your own bathtime story with uplifting grapefruit and bergamot waters, surrounded by blackcurrant-mint foam.

Order online at lush.my.

 

*photos courtesy of Lush Malaysia. 

 

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Review: Urban Retreat Onsen Spa – First Private Onsen In Malaysia!

It is said that the first spa was invented by the Romans, consisting of a large public bath where people went to relax and recuperate – not unlike the modern spas of today. In Japan, where there is an abundance of hot springs or ‘onsen’, soaking in the mineral springs dates back to ancient times, as the water is believed to have curative properties to help cure or reduce various ailments.

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The good news is that you won’t have to travel all the way to Japan to experience an onsen – we have it right here in Kuala Lumpur! Newly opened in February this year, the Urban Retreat Onsen Spa at 163 Retail Park in Mont Kiara is the first in Malaysia to offer private onsen services, in addition to luxurious treatments such as body polish and wraps, as well as massages.

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Tucked in a quiet corner on the second floor of the mall, the spa is designed to provide a holistic, pampering experience, offering the ambience of a traditional Japanese onsen with a local touch.  Bamboo and wood accents, coupled with warm lighting, immediately puts visitors in a state of Zen, as the hustle and bustle of the city melts away.

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The experience begins immediately upon entering the premises, where there is a cosy waiting area with comfortable pouffes and seats. A menu of bath salts (for the onsen) and scrubs (for the body polish treatment) is displayed on one side of the wall. You can try some of the samples and rinse it off at the sink.

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All the salts are imported from Japan, each with specific properties. The Hinoki (Japanese cypress), for example, has a refreshing vibe and scent, while the Relaxing, which features lavender, is designed to calm and soothe. There are also salts for Smooth Skin and Shoulder and Back Pain. I went with this since I’m constantly hunched over a computer screen at work.

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Also picked out the scrub for my body polish – I went with Jasmine – but they also have variants such as Tropical Spice, Hinoki Mandarin and Coconut.

Once done, I was ushered into the locker room and changing area. Time for my 45-minute onsen session!

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There are separate facilities for men and women, with lockers to keep your valuables and an electronic bracelet that you can tap to lock and unlock your unit. Toiletries such as face wipes are provided, as are combs and hair dryers.

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A beautiful woven basket is provided for you to carry your clothes and towels into the changing room. These are made by local Penan women as part of a social enterprise – you can also buy them if you’d like to support the initiative!

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Stepping into my spacious but cosy private onsen, it felt like I was experiencing a tiny slice of Japan in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Smooth stones littered the base where the huge wooden tub was, and the shower area came complete with a wooden stool and bucket – just like how I’ve seen in Japanese films and TV shows! The tubs are specially crafted and imported from Japan and are made from 200 year old hinoki (Japanese cypress) wood, as it is believed that the wood has natural oils and a soothing fragrance which are released when in warm water.

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Iced water on the side, and there is a call button nearby for emergencies.

For those who have never tried onsen, it is recommended to have a cold shower for five minutes to clean the body, before going in the tub. My water temperature was at 40 degrees Celcius, but you can request for warmer temperatures if you prefer. Soak and relax for 10 to 15 minutes, then take another short shower before soaking again. Your 45 minutes will fly by!

The hot water is great for relaxing tired muscles – I could feel the tension easing from my legs, shoulder and back. The warm temperature makes you sweat, but once you’re out of the tub and after you’ve had a shower, your body feels super refreshed and loads lighter.

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The cosy ladies waiting room where you can chill and relax in your yukata with a drink, while waiting for your next treatment.

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For my Body Polish (45 minutes), I chose the Jasmine scrub, which had a nice, sweet scent that left me smelling like flowers. My skin also felt extremely smooth and soft after the session, especially since the therapist worked meticulously on areas that are usually hard to reach.

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The room had everything for a guest’s comfort – shower area, comb, mirror and even hairbands (a lot of people forget to bring hairbands when going for spa/massages). The bed had a heated blanket so I was warm and toasty throughout the session. It’s in these little details that I think Urban Retreat shines, because it shows how much thought they’ve put into ensuring a guest’s comfort.

The body polish session was followed by a 30-minute back massage to undo tired knots: we all need this once in awhile, since most of us are always hunched over our desks at the office. My Thai therapist, despite her small size, was extremely strong, delivering powerful strokes to reach deep into the tissue. Well, as they say, no pain no gain – but if you’re sensitive to pain, always communicate with your therapist. 😀

For those looking for luxurious and pampering treatments, Urban Retreat Onsen Spa comes highly recommended. Not only will you get to experiencing bathing in Malaysia’s first private Japanese onsen, their range of treatments are excellent as well, as is the warm and professional service.

URBAN RETREAT ONSEN SPA 

 Lot 2F-02, Second Floor, 163 Retail Park, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 11AM – 10PM (daily)

Bookings: 017-8814486

Website 

 

**erisgoesto was invited to Urban Retreat Onsen Spa in exchange for an honest review. Views here are entirely my own.

The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort – Day 3: Snorkelling!

The past two days at The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort was spent stuffing my face with delicious food – so it was high time for some exercise! Woke up early in the morning and headed to the Taaras Villa along with another blogger. There was nobody there so while he took pictures for his social media, I went for a nice swim in the infinity pool. An hour later, still in swimwear, I went down to the beach and soaked in the azure blue waters.

Then it was snorkel time! After the safety briefing at the hotel, the boat took us to a spot with pretty coral reefs and lots of fish. We got some bread to feed the fish and they swarmed around us in colourful swirls.

Ignore fat face.

On the way back to the resort.

The hotel invited some guests from an arts/culture club to show us the traditional way of making Batik, which uses wax to create patterns on fabric. We also tried our hand at painting some sample pieces! 🙂

Bought several sarongs (wraps) for only RM10. 

Terengganu style keropok lekor (fried fish paste snacks) with sweet chilli sauce for an afternoon tea time snack! 🙂

Had BBQ dinner at night, and it was just R&R for the rest of the trip.

Bye Redang! 

for more info, head on to http://www.thetaaras.com

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 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.