Fun at the Springs
Ever wondered what else is in Ipoh, aside from delicious local cuisine and cool interactive murals? Well, head over to the Lost World of Tambun and spend a day (or two) enjoying the wonders of hot springs and everything kids love!
Turning out of the highway and into the main road leading to Sunway Lost World of Tambun, I could not imagine that there, tucked on the hillside and hidden away from curious eyes, was a hotel and theme park filled with laughing kids and smiling parents. It had been a while since my last visit to a theme park, so I was excited to spend some time exploring it with my daughter. As we arrived during a heavy downpour, we decided to wait until the next morning to check out the park.
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel's Garden Terrace, we were out the door and headed towards the park's entrance. Armed with a map, my daughter and I started out by planning our day. We knew we wanted to catch some shows and try all the rides, so we began at the amusement park, where there weren't many people in line just yet.
FROM RIDES TO SLIDES
Although the roller coaster was short, it still got us excited and raring to try the Perak Parade merry-go-round. Once we were done with the rides, and still buzzing with excitement, we headed straight for the water park for the water slides. Worry not about your belongings, as there are ample lockers (of different sizes) for you to store your bags. The water slides were the best! We tried every single one and some, we did more than once. But, do note that there is a height restriction for younger kids. We ended our adventure here by sliding into a hot spring, and the naturally heated water was definitely a comfort to my achy body.
We then had a quick meal at Ipoh Street, which boasts local delicacies from the famous Ipoh chicken rice to fruit rojak and grilled squid. There are many other spots for meals, ensuring a good variety.
FOR ANIMAL LOVERS
Since my daughter is an animal lover, we decided to check out the newly opened Hippo Kingdom, which houses not only Juwita the hippo, but also a herd of friendly deers that we could feed. The park also has a fun petting zoo that allows kids to explore different animals, from snakes to racoons.
If you do visit the petting zoo, go further in to enjoy The Rainforest Trail. Here, you can experience being surrounded by wild animals at the designated area. Although we missed it, we found out that visitors can watch the wild monkeys being fed at specific times.
Wanting to end the day relaxing by the water, we enjoyed a nice, slow swim in the Adventure River, known to be Malaysia's longest man-made river. We also took dips in the hot spring and built a sandcastle by the Jungle Wave Pool.