Woo-hoo! As a year-end treat, we went to Lost World of Tambun, Ipoh for some splashing fun. It is also known as Lost World Hot Springs & Spa as the theme park is set at the foothill of limestone caves. It is said to be the biggest hot springs and spa in South East Asia. I wish we had more time to spend exploring the park but time just flew by when you are having fun.
We had gone to Lost World of Tambun in 2015 so it was a last-minute decision to go there again. The first time we went, we had enjoyed ourselves but we went rather late so we did not get to enjoy the full experience of the theme park. Also, the tickets we purchased did not include the hot springs and spa package. So, this time I made sure the tickets included the whole package. In other words, we can enjoy the theme park from the time it opens at 11 a.m. until it closes at 11 p.m.
We bought the tickets online as there are discounts for tickets purchased online. You can search through sites like Lazada or 11Street as some travel agents provide e-ticket services. It is advisable to buy the tickets at least two days earlier so you would not encounter delays. As it was a rather impromptu decision, we only bought our tickets on the morning of the day we wanted to visit the park. The ticketing agent was quite helpful and we managed to get the e-tickets confirmation within 2 hours. However, when we arrived at the park to redeem the tickets at the counter, the staff said that there was an issue with the tickets. We were asked to wait in an office while they sort it out. After waiting anxiously for 20 minutes, we were then able to enter the park. So, remember to purchase your e-tickets earlier if you are sure to go. Walk-in rates are higher by RM8-10 depending on adult or children/senior citizen tickets. Children under 90cm gets to enter for free.
Before you enter, you get different coloured wristbands probably according to the type of ticket you are purchasing. Please note that the wristband is for a one-time admission only. Meaning, if you exit the park to get something you forgot in the car, you have to purchase another ticket to get back in. Therefore, please remember to bring everything you want to take in before you enter the park. Do note though, outside food and drinks are not allowed to bring in except mineral water or food for young children. They examine your bags before you enter the park and if food is found, you have to consume it there and then or keep them at the counter for a small fee. There are also lockers for rent if you would like to keep your valuables safe without lugging it around the park. Unless you have someone who is willing to look after your things while you are having fun. There are designated sitting places around the park though if you happen to go on a weekend or public holiday, you may have trouble finding an available spot.
When you get your wristband, you also get a map to the theme park with information on activities and performances you get to enjoy at specific schedules. Therefore, if there is anything interesting you are keen to watch, make a note of it as although the park is small, you may lose track of time when you are having fun.
Finally, we were in! We were so excited, especially my son, that we wanted to do everything at once. But the hot afternoon sun decided for us; we would first have fun in the water park. The water park consists of Jungle Wave Pool, Adventure River, Waterfall Beach Garden, Explorabay, Cliff Racer and Tube Raiders. My son had the most fun in Explorabay as there was a pirate ship as well as slides for children. Some rides require height restriction so we missed out on a few things like the Tube Raiders (required two people per tube) as my son was still too young for it. Next, we went for the Amusement Park which consists of Adventure Express, Lupe’s Adventure, Giddy Galleon, Dragon Flights, Stormrider, etc. Again, we missed out on a few like Lupe’s Adventure due to height restriction. There are rides for young kids like the merry-go-round and Dragon Flights as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
After that, we went to the Petting Zoo which consists of Ruby and Friends (raccoon), Rabbit Wonderland, Tortoise Kingdom, Bird Paradise, Marmoset Tree House, Serpentarium, Tarantula Alley, Giraffe & Friends, etc. In the Petting Zoo, you get to see hamsters running around in their large Habitrail OVO cages, guinea pigs, raccoons, parrots and other birds. Serpentarium is a section on reptiles if you are keen. Food for the small animals can be purchased at the entrance to the Petting Zoo and hand cleanser dispensers are available to ensure the animals are protected. As we walked along, we discovered a path heading into a cave. Here, in Tarantula Alley, you can view some really big spiders in glass casings. We never saw any giraffes though.
Then, we headed to Tiger Valley for the tiger-feeding show (at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.). There are currently only two Siberian tigers. The small tiger enclosure is separated by a narrow strip of water and some fence. The tigers did not seem too active though and was contented to just laze around under the sun. If you want to get seats to the show, be sure to be there early as they are taken up very fast.
Other animals feeding schedule:
- Tapir (Petting Zoo) – 11.30 a.m.
- Raccoon (Petting Zoo) – Noon
- Porcupine (Porcupine Trail) – 2.30 p.m.
- Tortoise (Petting Zoo) – 2.00 p.m.
- Wild Animals (Wetlands) – 3.30 p.m.
- Serval Cat (Tiger Valley) – 4.30 p.m.
- Binturong (Rainforest Trail) – 7.30 p.m.
- Caiman (Rainforest Trail) – 8.00 p.m.
Speaking about food, as earlier mentioned, outside food is not allowed. Instead, you would have to buy your food from the many stalls available. Most are open until 6 or 7 p.m. so if you want more choices, you better purchase them before they close. After that, you can only purchase food from Ipoh Street where choices are more limited. The main stall is Kukuntalu Hawkers and it closes at 7 p.m. We were only aware of this when our stomach began to grumble. There are some famous Ipoh food (salted chicken, beansprout chicken rice, etc.) sold at the Lost World Ipoh Street though the price is much steeper. But when you are hungry, you have to eat. You may pay with cash or load credit into your wristband via the e-Load Cashless System. Minimum deposit is RM50 per wristband.
By this time, it was already nearly 8 p.m. Although, there was a two-hour drive home, we stayed to watch the Flaming Percussion show at the main stage. At the end of the show, there would be a photo session with the performers. You may choose to have the picture(s) printed for a price (depending if you want it as a hard copy or on a cup, etc.) We paid RM35 for a printed hard copy. Do note that there are many other shows throughout the day like:
- Malayana Story (Malayana Village) – 11.30 a.m.
- Pirates Ahoy! (Explorabay) – 1.30 p.m.
- Tin Story (Tin Valley) – 2.00 p.m.
- Awesome Pool Party with DJ (Jungle Wave Bay) – 1.00-5.00 p.m.
- Flaming Percussion (Lost World Hot Springs & Spa stage) 7.45 p.m.
- Tales of the Tribe (Monkey Valley) – 8.30 p.m.
- and some special performances like the Dinosaur show depending on when you visit the park
As time was limited, we only got to do things we wanted to do. We missed out on the Swan Lake, Porcupine Trail and the Adventure Park. During our first trip, there did not seem to be any activity at the Adventure Park though. It could probably only be opened to team-building activities for companies who book ahead. We saw a Zorb ball but no one seems to be using it. Children above 110cm may also take picture with a pony for free. Free bicycle rides are available for older children and adults though it only operates after 7 p.m.
Oh yeah, throughout the day, we also experienced the many different hot springs available. These are natural hot springs rich in minerals like sodium, iron, calcium, sulfur, magnesium, etc. Enjoy these benefits by soaking and playing in the Infinity Pool, Crystal Pool, Crystal Falls, Sapphire Pool, Amethyst Pool, Topaz Pool and a slide called Saphira’s Twisters. If you are interested in any spa treatments at the Lost World Crystal Spa, you would have to book ahead it seems. There are many types of massages like aromatherapy massage, traditional Malay massage, hot stone massage, body scrub, foot reflexology and many more available for a price. They are available from noon until 11 p.m.
If you want to get souvenirs and toys, you can get them at the Tambun Bazaar (at the entrance/exit) and Dragon’s Lair (inside the theme park). We found out that there was a price discrepancy of the water gun we bought between the two shops so maybe you can scout the items you want first and compare before buying.
So, at the end of the day, we spent around 8 hours in the theme park but it definitely did not seem so. Time really flies when you are having a blast. The park is not as big as its sister theme park Sunway Lagoon but the ticket price is cheaper too. You can view the short video we have made about our journey here.
The ticket includes access to:
- Lost World Amusement Park
- Lost World Water Park
- Lost World Tiger Valley
- Lost World Petting Zoo
- Lost World Tin Valley
- Lost World Hot Springs & Spa
- Lost World Lupe’s Adventure
- Lost World of Tambun — Weekdays: 11.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. & Weekends, public holidays, school holidays: 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
- Note: Park closed every Tuesday except on public holidays and school holidays
- Lost World Hot Springs & Spa (by night) — Open nightly: 6.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m.