Glamping – camping in a glamorous way is the latest craze so over the last school holiday we decided to give it a try at Lost World of Tambun near Ipoh. Glamping under a thousand stars, overlooking a lake and surrounded by natural limestone hills in the middle of a theme park – how much better can it get?
We bought a one night glamping package for two adults and two children. The package included a one night stay in the tent, buffet breakfast and two-day entry to the whole theme park (RM750).
Booking tip: Try booking online but if that fails, you can call them to make your reservation.
Arrival at Lost World of Tambun
We went to check-in at the Lost World of Tambun hotel but were directed to the buggy service which took us straight to the camp site at the Extreme Park. Upon registration, we were given wrist bands which must be worn until checkout the next day. We were pretty excited to note that we had the campsite almost to ourselves – there was only one other family! The buggy was at our service for 24 hours.
The rooms aka. tents
There are only five tents at the camp site. The tent we went for – the family suite – comes with one queen size bed and two single beds, two standing fans, bedside drawers, clothes rack and a standing mirror. Drinking water, towels and all bathrooms toiletries are provided. The toilets and bathrooms are a stroll away. The bathrooms were clean and the kids enjoyed brushing their teeth out in the open sink! We were given two padlocks to lock our tent when we are out and about.
Our tent looked like this! Pretty roomy and comfy:
Room Tip: For an extra RM70, the portable air cons are worth their weight in gold as the tent can get a little stuffy late at night. Although it has to be said that friends chose not to get the ac and were fine after a relatively cool day. Pack mosquito repellent, and don’t forget your toothbrush – there is no store at the campsite!
Staying overnight allows one to do more at the park, especially as there’s so much happening. The Hippo Kingdom next to the camp site has just opened in January and it was a big hit for our children: you can get up close to a hippo and a get a close glimpse of the well-fed hyenas. The giraffe feeding deck is fun, too. Here you can hand feed a giraffe, ostriches and camels. You also have the chance to feed other the animals like capybaras, porcupines, rabbits, parrots, deer and raccoons.
Zip lines and kayaking right outside of the tents are a must!
There is a little Ipoh lane by the water park where you can fill your tummy with some local delicacies like chicken rice, satays and tarts.
At night, there is a magnificent fire show that starts at 9pm, or you can explore the luminous jungle 8 – 10pm. You may also want to enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot spring before you call it a day!
Tip: If you wish to have breakfast like the locals do, Dulang café just outside the camp site, nestled under a beautiful limestone, serves famous Ipoh dishes like white coffee, curry laksa and toasted bread with kaya – yum.
This was the first overnight camping trip that we have done as a family. I didn’t know what to expect but judging by the Lost World glamping experience, we are definitely going to do more!
The view from our tent!
The environment felt very safe as there is a ranger on duty at all times with watchful eyes. The only intruders were the playful monkeys!
Lost World of Tambun has always been a wonderful experience both for the children and adults. It is small enough a park to entice the very young children, but even older kids were happy and could go straight to the more daring attractions.
Why not also listen to us talk about this experience on Family Time on BFM, click here for the podcast!