“Please, please can we stop at the Lost World of Tambun”, pleaded the kids when they heard we were going on a road trip North. Despite being lost, we had no trouble finding it – Daddy’s favourite joke of the trip. The kids did not find funny, I may add.
We visited the park on a busy day, but despite the full car park the vast grounds didn’t feel overly crowded. As soon as we walked through the gates, the kids were eyeing the pools but we started with the attractions on dry land, thinking the heat of the afternoon would be the best time to soak in the water.
The park has several areas with different activities – there is a fair bit of walking so do bring a stroller if you have little ones.
Tin Valley, Adventure Valley and Tiger Valley
We first headed to the direction Tin Valley, past the haunted house (extra entrance fee applies), stopping by at the cat house, where you can pet the resident cats. We were lured in by the odd look of a hairless cat but found the cats a bit weary of visitors so made a swift exit.
The Tin Valley is set amongst the beautiful limestone hills and has information about the history of Ipoh as a tin mining town along the walkway. We tried our hand at looking for tin by the “river”. The kids thought it was fun, but we wouldn’t make fortunes in this!
Adventure Valley is an are next to the glamping site, but it was closed when we visited. The are at the end of the path is the zoo section. It is quite small, but the animals seemed to have a decently sized enclosures. You can feed most of the animals – the kids enjoyed feeding the deer but the zebras were a bit too pushy for us. We admired the giant hippo from underwater peeking window but swiftly moved on to more exciting areas.
The petting zoo
We are generally weary of all attractions to do with animals, but we found the petting zoo area at Lost World of Tambun just great. The guinea pig and rabbit enclosures were possibly the coolest ever and ingeniously at the right level for the kids to feed them, but also providing space for the little critters to get away from all the grubby hands if they so wish.
This whole area was well shaded and relatively cool thanks to the huge fans. Further along you can meet some more unusual animals, like the mara and capybara. There was staff at hand to answer questions and to make sure the animals were treated nicely.
The water park
For us the pools and slides were the main attraction at the Lost World of Tambun. The water park is not huge, and the slides are of the gentle type rather than huge thrill-rides, but we enjoyed soaking away the rest of the afternoon.
We first visited Tambun water park when our children were toddlers. They enjoyed the sandy “beach” and the kids’ pool then, and now, five years later, they particularly liked the lazy river and the slides.
The toddler pool is a lot of fun, and has is partly shaded to protect the little ones from the sun – a big thumbs up! Bring a bucket and spade for the sandy “beach” if you have toddlers!
There are lockers for rent (RM20-40 depending on size), that you can access throughout the day with your wristband. To use a tube in the lazy river, you will need to pay RM28,of which RM10 you’ll get back when you return the tube.
The hot springs are more geared towards the adults (they are very hot!) and stay open until 11pm. We saw lots of local teens and young adults arriving in the evening to enjoy the wave pool and the hot springs.
Rides at Lost World of Tambun
There are a few rides at Lost World of Tambun, but generally they are very small and more like fairground rides than an amusement park as such. The one roller coaster was closed on the day we were there, but the kids had a blast at the carousels, the swinging ship and the other few small rides, but agreed that the rides were more like an add-on.
Food at Lost World of Tambun
For a theme park, there is a fairly good selection of food options. At the main food court you can find both the typical fries and burgers section, as well as quite affordable local dishes, though the selection is very limited for vegetarians.
Ipoh Food street has stalls selling local specialties, mostly snacks and drinks. In the end of the row you’ll find Tutti Frutti Frozen Yoghurt, always a hit. Dulang Tea House on the way to the Tin Valley is set in a cave and offers your typical Ipoh Kopitian fare, like toast and kaya, soft boiled eggs and so on.
We wished we were staying in the Lost World Hotel next door, so that we could have returned to the park after dinner and a little rest to see the fire show and the Luminous Forest, night lights in the hot springs. There would have also been shows during the day, but we were not organised enough to catch any. If you are keen to see the shows, ask for the timings before you head out to the park to make sure you don’t miss them like we did.
Lost World of Tambun tickets
Lost World of Tambun ticket price is as follows:
- Entrance ticket includes entry to ALL parks (on weekdays: 11.00am – 6.00pm and weekends: 10.00am – 6.00pm)
- Adults RM117 or RM85 with MyKad
- Children (12 and under) RM 110 or RM77 with MyKad
- Lost World Hot Springs & Night Park Rates Ticket access to Lost World Hot Springs & Night Park only (on weekdays: 6.00pm – 11.00pm and weekends: 6.00pm – 11.00pm):
- Adults RM76 or RM66 with MyKad
- Children (12 and under) RM64 or RM55.50 with MyKad
Tips for visiting the Lost World of Tambun:
If you are looking for a nice water park in Ipoh, with added extra attractions, Lost World of Tambun is for you. You can check the ticket prices here. Here are a few tips before you go:
- Not all activities are included in your ticket price: haunted house, zip wire and a few other things like tube rental cost extra.
- Officially bringing outside food to the park is not allowed
- When we visited there was a DJ at the wave pool at certain times: if this is your thing, find out the timings. If not, do the same.
- Come early if you are going to explore the whole park, especially if you have little ones – the park is quite large. Bring a stroller for toddlers.
We received free entry for this review. Opinions are our own, as always.