Glamp it up!

A fu­sion of sim­ple lux­u­ries, camp­ing un­der the stars and a night cav­ing ad­ven­ture at the Lost World of Tambun keeps Hanna Hus­sein’s adren­a­line pump­ing

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MY fa­ther used to take my sib­lings and I camp­ing in the woods when we were kids. We built our own tents, made a camp­fire, dipped in the cool river and just en­joyed na­ture.

Now that I’m all grown up and busy with my ca­reer, I hardly ever do out­door ac­tiv­i­ties any­more, least of all camp­ing.

But I do miss go­ing out­doors, mi­nus the back-break­ing tent-mak­ing part, of course.

So when I heard Sun­way Lost World of Tambun re­cently in­tro­duced its lat­est at­trac­tion called Glamp­ing, I was all ready to book my stay.

Glamp­ing, or glam­our-camp­ing, is a fu­sion of sim­ple lux­u­ries and camp­ing, ideal for those who want to ex­pe­ri­ence the pos­i­tive as­pects of camp­ing with­out the “un­com­fort­able” neg­a­tives.

Yep, per­fect for a city girl like my­self who still wants to sleep un­der the stars, but in style.

Tambun is a short dis­tance from Kuala Lumpur, less than two hours’ drive.

With some friends join­ing me on my three-day, two-night glamp­ing ad­ven­ture, I de­cide to test drive the Nis­san X-Trail as well.

The sleek SUV is not only good look­ing but also a high-per­for­mance-ve­hi­cle. I love the smooth au­to­matic gear changes when I ac­cel­er­ate. It is su­per easy to ma­noeu­vre al­though it’s a huge car.

The inside is spa­cious. It is a seven-seater and the back seat can be folded for more space for lug­gage and out­door equip­ment.

I have al­ways thought that a 4x4 ve­hi­cle is not meant to be a com­fort­able car, but the Nis­san X-Trail proves me wrong. It is a fam­ily-friendly car, even for a long drive.

MY GLAMP­ING AD­VEN­TURE

Upon our ar­rival at the Lost World of Tambun, we check in straight­away. Four of us are given a dark blue hand tag each.

A buggy takes us on a tour head­ing for our ac­com­mo­da­tion which is lo­cated inside the Lost World of Tambun.

While the driver slowly ac­cel­er­ates to­wards the north-east of the park, he points out some of the at­trac­tions.

I am ex­cited to try them out but sit tight while my eyes wan­der..

Af­ter less than five min­utes on the buggy, we ar­rive at the Ad­ven­ture Park where our ac­com­mo­da­tion is as­sem­bled.

Our ac­com­mo­da­tion lies on grassy land over­look­ing a serene lake and is sur­rounded by lush green­ery and lime­stone hills.

There are only five tents avail­able for now, and ours is po­si­tioned near the glassy lake. Ex­cit­edly, we make for our dark green glamp­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion.

To our sur­prise, the in­te­rior is spa­cious. The large tent fits a king-size bed and two sin­gle beds, two elec­tric fans and sim­ple fur­ni­ture to hang clothes. There are power sock­ets, lights as well as toi­letries and tow­els. Su­per cosy and ex­cep­tion­ally clean.

A fruit bas­ket wel­comes us. .

The only dis­ad­van­tage is it does not have an at­tached bath­room so glamp­ing guests have to walk a dis­tance to go to the public shower and toi­lets.

Oh, and since the glamp­ing is lo­cated on the Lost World of Tambun grounds, don’t ex­pect a quiet stay dur­ing the day.

Well, it is not a prob­lem as we do not spend the day­time laz­ing in the tent. Plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties await us.

Dur­ing the night, we get the serene lake­side to our­selves. It is so much qui­eter and re­lax­ing too now that the Ad­ven­ture Park is closed.

We even opt for a per­son­alised bar­be­cue din­ner by the camp­site. The worker sets a fire-pit for the bar­be­cue, and brings us half-cooked in­gre­di­ents which in­clude beef and lamb skew­ers, chicken wings, sweet corn and a big fish to grill to our heart’s con­tent.

FROM LEFT: Sat­isfy your lo­cal crav­ing at Ipoh Street; Trans­port at the park.

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