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LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort Reopens On October 14, 2021

After ten months, Malaysia finally lifted its interstate travel ban yesterday (11 October). The decision was made in light of the country achieving a 90 pc vaccination rate for its adult population. 

Many are understandably excited at being able to see their families; while others are keen to travel again, even domestically. The recent Langkawi travel bubble — a pilot project for fully vaccinated travellers to visit the island for tourism — was seen as a success, generating some RM24.9 million for the local economy. 

Personally, I’m still a bit cautious about travelling for leisure, because as much as I want to be out and about, I live with my parents and they’re in the vulnerable category. But I understand that achieving COVID-zero is now almost impossible — so the next best thing is to learn to live with the virus. For those who want to travel, I think the best that you can do is to use common sense (which seems to be severely lacking these days!). Wear a mask, sanitise and avoid crowded areas (if you see that a place is crowded, don’t lah go and berpusu-pusu there with no social distancing wtf). 

LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort has SOP signages throughout the theme park to remind guests to stay safe.

Anyway, now that the PSA is over and done with: for those who are headed south, LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort is slated to reopen on October 14. Legoland Malaysia is the only one of its kind in Asia — so families and fans will be able to enjoy a complete experience encompassing the LEGOLAND Theme Park, Water Park, hotel and SEA LIFE Malaysia once the resort resumes its operations. And even though they haven’t been able to operate for months at a time due to the pandemic, the resort has not been idle: there’s going to be a brand new attraction, called Planet LEGOLAND®. This immersive build experience encourages children and parents alike to unleash their imagination by building, unbuilding and rebuilding the world of their dreams with LEGO® bricks. 

LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort Team member preparing their stations in anticipation of reopening.

As guests arrive at PLANET LEGOLAND®, they will be greeted by a six-foot-wide LEGO globe built out of more than 200,000 bricks. The idea behind it is to envision a future filled with positivity and joy, something that the world needs to ‘rebuild’ following the aftermath of the pandemic. From there, guests are welcome to select one of four different themed stations to create their masterpieces: whether they prefer dragons, princesses, knights, vehicles, animals and creatures, or ninjas. Younger guests with smaller hands are not left out, as there is also a DUPLO® station. Once you’ve got your masterpiece built, snap a selfie with the model and share it using the #RebuildtheWorld, then place your individual models onto the globe! 

LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort team members are trained to sanitize rides between guests.

Returning to Play With Safety in Mind

Like any responsible entity, the resort has health and safety measures in place. At PLANET LEGOLAND, there is a 2-metre distance rule, and the usual safety guidelines apply, such as face masks, the use of hand sanitiser and reduced capacity are enforced. All bricks in the space are also ‘quarantined’ for 72 hours after sanitisation, while build stations are cleaned several times daily. *Of course, PERSONAL responsibility is very important too, so do your part to be a responsible guest!

LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort team members are trained to sanitize rides between guests

Reopening Deals 

Welcoming guests back to the resort are a series of sweet deals. Purchase 4 Triple Park passes and you can get a 2D1N stay at LEGOLAND Hotel for free. The passes will also be eligible for upgrade to an annual pass. Meanwhile, those who already have annual passes can renew them at a 25% discount, so if you’re a family of five, you stand to save up to RM350. 

For more details, visit legoland.com.my. 

Happy travels, and stay safe! 

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Feel the Fear @ Nights of Fright 5, Sunway Lagoon – Malaysia’s Largest Festival of Fear

It’s night.

You’re in a theme park after hours.

A mist swirls around your feet, curling and uncurling like fingers. An eerie laugh cuts through the night air, sending chills down your spine. You round the corner and you meet..

A whole lot of nope.

As Jigsaw peddles towards you, you take a few steps back, turn, and run the other way, towards the exit. But as you approach the gates, you meet a figure. He closes in and… !

You let out a scream… but realise you’re not in a horror movie after all and you’re not doomed to some gory, impending death.

After all, it’s only Nights of Fright 5, Malaysia’s largest festival of fear – returning this Halloween to Sunway Lagoon to scare the living daylights out of patrons. 😀

Held throughout the month of October, the theme park comes to life (lol) after dark with various denizens of death: ghoulies and ghosties from both East and West. The gates of horror opened last weekend, and will remain open until the 31st. And they’ve got some pretty scary things in store for the brave (?) soul who dares to venture in.

Occult fans will know of Mexico’s infamous Isla de la Munecas, or Island of the Dolls – said to be haunted by restless spirits who make the hundreds, if not thousands, of dolls on the swampy island their home. Described as one of the ‘creepiest places on earth’, the bizarre collection began when the island’s owner, Don Julian, began collecting dolls to appease a little girl’s spirit who apparently drowned in the area. He was found drowned himself, 50 years later, in the very spot where the body was supposed to be found.

Well, you don’t have to travel all the way to Mexico to experience it, because Sunway Lagoon is bringing the island right to our doorstep, along with its residents.

If dolls aren’t your thing, then maybe a nice quiet seance and Ouija board game with the folks over at the abandoned attic of Mr E J Bond Esquire’s home.

Walk the tightrope between life and death at Day of the Dead in 3D, as you make your way through the darkness, illuminated by the occasional eerie glow from masked souls. Be careful though – you never know when they might want some company in the realm of the dead.

Fast forward to the year 2147, to a world of Dystopia: overrun with squalor, human misery, oppression, disease and overcrowding. The hospital plays host to crazy doctors performing grisly human experiments, while monstrosities and ghosts of the past haunt its hallways.

They even got Silent Hill to loan them some nurses.

Lol kidding.

If you’re up to some badassery, explore the iconic Ghostbusters Firehouse HQ and kick some ghost ass. Not literally of course. Touch not the ‘ghosts’ and they won’t touch you. Other infamous ghost locations include the Aldridge Mansion and Seward Street Subway, recreated to a tee.

Some local flavour is in order, and they have the Pontianak vs Pocong, a bloody affair of a lover returning as a Pontianak (vampire) and an unfaithful husband as a Pocong (a Malay version of a zombie) – seeking what is rightfully theirs in a classic battle of evil vs evil (this was the movie they should have made instead of Sadako vs Kayako!)

Fangirl to your favourite horror movie characters of all time (just don’t ask for an autograph) at Horrorwood Studios, where you’ll meet iconic greats like Freddy from a Nightmare on Elm Street, and Michael Myers from Halloween. They’ll even walk you down the red carpet, complete with large Oscar statues, velvet rope barriers and lights over at the Horrorwood Boulevard! 

And of course, it wouldn’t be a screamfest/fear festival without the perennial favourite – zombies. Survive the Zombie Apocalypse maze where the undead are always on the ready to tear you apart and drag you down.

Aside from the above mentioned places, there will be a total of 8 Haunted Houses5 Scare Zones11 Thrill Rides and 4 Show Stages, including attractions such as the Forest of Fear and Judgment Lane (modeled after the demolished Pudu Jail). Join the parade at March of the Undead, where characters walk about in haunting yet beautiful makeup and costumes, decorated with Mexican paper flags and large puppet processions.

Nights of Fright 5, presented by Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, runs from Fridays til Sundays until Oct 31. Doors open at 730PM til late and entrance is strictly for those aged 12 years old and above. Tickets are priced at RM64 per pax.

For more details, visit: NOF5. 

Dare you?

Read last year’s experience here: Nights of Fright 4 

Nights of Fright 4 @ Sunway Lagoon

Do you spook easy? 

All the more reason to face your fears at Nights of Fright 4, Sunway Lagoon‘s annual screamfest held every October in conjunction with Halloween. For the entire month, the usually fun theme park turns into a house of horrors come nightfall, with ghosts and ghouls prowling the streets and creepy things at every corner.

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C and I went for the launch recently, where we got to try out the entire park and its attractions ! It was a bad idea to wear makeup (really hot, stuff was melting off my face. I guess I looked even scarier than the ghouls) and platform boots (which made it hard for me to run haha) but I came from work so there was no time to change.

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A total of eight haunted houses and six scare zones await, each with a different ‘theme’ – from zombies and Chinese vampires to graveyards and the foggy streets of London. Not all of them were available for the preview, but it was more than enough for us that night!

The main area has lots of Halloween-y props like Jack-O-Lanterns, creepy hands and figurines, and of course, actors dressed up in bloody costumes or toting axes, cleavers and chainsaws.

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Like this guy. I think we can be good friends. He hissed at me – for some reason he smelled like garlic.

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Since it was media preview night, there were small stalls with free snacks and drinks – all with funky names like Green Slime, etc. Loved these cutesy chocolate balls made to look like Tim Burton’s Jack from the Nightmare Before Christmas, and pumpkin heads.

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Aside from the scare zones and haunted houses, guests are also allowed to ride on the dry theme park rides, such as the 180 degree Pirate Ship (wanted to go on, but afraid of puking), a water slide, the Merry Go Round and more. What a steal !

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They tell me not to feed the trolls… but I-scream is made to be shared.

Sorry. Ignore my lame-ness.

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We passed through the London Fog area, which is inspired by old Victorian era London and Jack the Ripper. The street was installed with some sort of machine that billowed out clouds of fog – so it was difficult to see. Jigsaw made a surprise visit, and some pretty, ghastly pale chicks in corsets were also hanging around.

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Our first stop was the Horrorwood Studios. We went in a group of eight.

Protip on surviving Malaysian horror houses – always walk at the back, coz the actors only scare the people in front. xD

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Bloody baby doll, candles, skulls, scorpions – all the ingredients needed for a scary occult ritual/ fortune telling session.

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Me as a mom. lol.

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These people were prowling the theme park throughout the night.

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Didn’t manage to take pictures of the other horror houses we went into because was too busy enjoying them xD But I did go in the Malaya High School, a school-themed haunted house with crazed students and screaming teachers with chainsaws, as well as Diyu, the Journey through Judgement which was an outdoor section done to look like a trip through the different Chinese levels of hell. My favourite attraction was the Chaonei No.81, where participants had to wear 3D glasses and the inside was filled with scary glow-in-the-dark masks and masked actors.

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Doors open at 7.30pm and the final ‘show’ is at 11.15pm.

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Tickets are priced at RM58 per pax, which is well worth it in my opinion. Ticketing and more info at  sunwaylagoon.com/nof4/. Happy Haunting! 

*photos not watermarked are courtesy of Sunway Lagoon.

Trampoline Jumping at Jump Street Asia, PJ

If you’re bored of going to the same ol’ malls every weekend, here’s a suggestion: go trampoline jumping. 

At Jump Street Asia in Section 13, Petaling Jaya, both adults and children alike can work up a good sweat while having loads of fun, with hundreds of their interconnected trampolines and obstacle courses housed within a factory building.

And if you thought it was only for kids, think again. A good 10 minutes on the trampoline is equivalent to the cardio you get from a 30min jog – minus the impact on our joints!

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I came here twice in two weeks; one for a media challenge, and the other with my brother over May Day weekend. Jumping sessions are by the hour, which was more than enough for us to get our heart pumping. If you’re an amateur, no worries as they have staff on site to give you a quick 10min warmup + basics.

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The place is massive, with five different sections. The Cage is for children below 110cm, while Foam Pit is where you can dive into soft foam from a platform or from trampolines. Slam Dunk features three lanes of basketball hoops, there’s a Dodgeball Court and the Main Court which is the general trampoline area.

After an intense workout, one can then head on to the Cafe upstairs for some drinks and food.

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Cool graffiti sprawled on the walls.

They have locker facilities (RM4 for two hours), toilet but no shower.

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Kids area.

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The High Performance area features Olympic-spec trampolines with extra bounce, so it’s recommended for jumpers that are more advanced.

DodgeBall Court is fun when you have a big group of friends along, or if you’re willing to play with strangers. A judge will be on court during the game.

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Be aware of your own capabilities! I thought I could do this air bag thing, which I did, but almost broke my foot in the process when it snagged on that little concrete space between the bag and the trampoline lol.

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The Foam Pit was really fun. You can either launch yourself from the trampolines, or from the elevated platform. Doesn’t look that high but when you jump into the soft foam, you really feel the drop. The foam is squishy and hard to get out of so it works your muscles when you’re trying to ‘swim’ onto the surface.

Also, beware of annoying jumpers who hog the platform. I met this family of kids who went on so many times without allowing others in line to play, and the staff did nothing to stop them. In the end I got fed-up and just jumped from the trampolines instead.

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Scoring a hoop while stationary seems hard enough; try jumping on a trampoline while at it!

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Overall it was a really fun experience and more interactive than just jogging or going to a gym. If you’re an advanced jumper, you can even do various tricks and stunts on the trampoline, like backflips. I’d recommend going on an off-peak period though coz it gets crowded on weekends with screaming children, and you might have to wait your turn to go on some trampolines.

Prices: RM22 (off-peak); RM27 (peak -weekends, public holidays) – same price for children and adults

JUMPSTREET ASIA 

8A, Jalan 13/6, Seksyen 13, 46200, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Phone: +603 79691051

Opening hours: 10am – 9pm; 10pm on weekends

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. 

 

Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon@ Sunway Lagoon, Malaysia

As far as theme parks go in Malaysia, Sunway Lagoon takes the cake. Opened in 1997, the place is massive (I’d know. I ran a race here before and it left me half dead). Even though it’s pretty old, it hasn’t lost its appeal, attracting millions of visitors every year. The dry rides are meh (pirate ship, coaster, ferris wheel.. standard stuff), but the real winner is their wet theme park. Slides, tubes, 5D water theatres, surf beach, a massive Vuvuzela, wave machine… you name it, they got it.

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Image credit: Sunway Lagoon

And now….they’ve opened up a new section called Nickelodeon’s Lost Lagoon: the first Nickelodeon themed amusement park in Asia. Visitors can enjoy 14 new rides in addition to the existing ones at no extra charge. Of course, I couldn’t miss it when they invited me and my colleagues to attend the launch!

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From the surf beach entrance, it was a good 10min walk under the hot sun to the Lost Lagoon area. Thankfully, media gets star treatment and we were ferried right to the doorstep on a train. 🙂

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The entrance overlooks the pond/volcano structure sitting in the middle of Sunway Lagoon.

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Clowns and performers dressed in tribal costumes to suit the ‘Lost Lagoon’ theme greeted guests as part of the launching gimmick.

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This reminded me of that gameshow I used to watch as a kid called Legends of the Hidden Temple. Made to look like an ancient temple, there were animal motifs alongside weathered brick and overgrown tree trunks.

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Walking through an avenue lined with quirky fish statues.

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Souvenir shop. There were also food stalls where we got free flow of snacks.

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It was a very sunny day and the fan (?) did jack all to cool us lol.

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Media area. The VIPS arrived and gave their speeches.

The gazebos and decorations were a quirky mix of Nickelodeon and tribal motifs. Notice that the hut is shaped like a pineapple. I dont have to tell you which Nickelodeon character lives in a pineapple under the sea, right? 😀 The tree branch is obscuring it, but Spongebob was sitting right at the top of the water feature. Mascots of the well-loved cartoons including Dora the Explorer, Boots and Patrick Starfish also made an appearance.

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Slime time! The green bucket was filled with goo which poured onto a couple of poor kids at the bottom of the pool lol.

After that, we were given free reign of the park for the day so we could try out the rides! Colleagues and I changed into our wetsuits, dumped our stuff into the locker and headed out. They closed the Lagoon area until 2pm, so we went to the main water theme park area for the Vuvuzela ride.

Had an unpleasant experience with a staff member. I was wearing my glasses, and didn’t realise it wasn’t allowed on the ride. He stopped me at the bottom and said I had to remove them. There were no lockers nearby and I am blind as a bat without my glasses, so I told him I won’t be able to see. Mind you, I was perfectly civil.

“Oh, you can’t see ah? Then you can’t ride lah.” he said rudely.

Wow. I didn’t want to make a scene because we were there to have fun after all, so I looked at him, shook my head and said “You have great attitude”. Sunway Lagoon, you seriously need to look at training your staff to behave like human beings with manners…. especially a particular staff member manning the Vuvuzela ride at 1pm on Feb2.

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That unpleasant episode aside, we had loads of fun. Once the Lost Lagoon opened, we hopped on over there and went on the Jungle Fury. This was so fun we went on it twice. The first time felt dangerous because the staff actually pushed the tube into the slide before everyone was ready, and I barely hung onto the handles. The ride was so bumpy that I almost got thrown off a couple of times. But hey, that’s what made it adrenaline pumping!

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Image credit: Sunway Lagoon

There was a long line waiting for the Monsoon 360, where guests drop almost vertically down the slide. I was too chicken to go on this lol.

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Last but not least, the Kurabango, which I also sat on twice. That steep drop on the right makes it feel as if your heart is flying out of your chest –  and just when you thought it was okay, your tube propels backwards again at top speed. Woot!

Also went on two other slides called Cobra Creek and Boa Constrictor – good, fun and exciting slides that get your blood running but won’t give you a heart attack.

The Lost Lagoon is a great addition to the existing water rides at Sunway Lagoon, and the good news is there is no extra charge. There’s a good balance of exhilarating (for you adrenaline junkies out there) and family-friendly (baby pools, small slides, etc for the kids) so I recommend coming here to experience it for yourself. 🙂

Tickets: Adult Malaysian (12 years and above – RM120), Child (RM96).

Opening hours : 10am – 6pm (Daily). Come during weekdays if possible, weekends are mad. Unless you don’t mind lining up for like an hour for one ride.