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A complete guide to The Lost World of Tambun theme park, Ipoh

If you’re planning on spending a few days in the vibrant and cultural city of Ipoh, we highly recommend paying a visit to the Lost World of Tambun theme park. In a city full of amazing temples, natural attractions, and historic sites, a theme park makes a great alternative attraction.

If you’re a fan of water slides, hot springs, animals, fire show, amusement parks and other fun attractions, read our Lost World of Tambun theme park guide to learn everything you need to know before visiting. Great for both adults and kids, the park is a manmade attraction built around Ipoh’s amazing natural scenery. Visit day or night and you’ll find plenty to do at the mysterious Lost World of Tambun!

What is the Lost World of Tambun?


The Lost World of Tambun isn’t like your ordinary theme park. Built into the side of a nature park, amongst 400-million-year-old limestone cliffs, it’s home to 88 attractions across 10 different theme park areas. The Lost World of Tambun is both a daytime park and a night park in one. Visit during the day to experience the water park, amusement activities, theme park rides, interactive learning experience and the petting zoo. Alternatively, visit on an evening for a series of night-time shows and the famous hot springs. Evenings at The Lost World are great for the adults! Continue reading our blog post for a full overview of all attractions at the park.

Top tip: The Lost World of Tambun regularly organises events throughout the year. Check out the official website for upcoming events.

shows the outside of the Lost World of Tambun, Ipoh

Where is the Lost World of Tambun?

The Lost World of Tambun is in the Tambun area of Ipoh, around a 20-minute drive from the city centre. The area is residential, quiet and surrounded by beautiful limestone cliffs.

How to get to the Lost World of Tambun theme park

There are a few ways you can get to the Lost World of Tambun. They include:

  • By taxi – When we visited the park, we used a Grab taxi. It’s cost effective, quick, efficient and reliable. You can ask the driver to drop you off right outside the main entrance and pick you up in the same spot. To use Grab, simply download the mobile app, create an account, and use your data connection to order a Grab.
  • By car – If you’re planning on hiring a car and driving to the park – good news! There’s free parking right outside the entrance, along with charging stations for electric and hybrid cars, which we thought was a great touch. There are plenty of parking spaces, so you’ll always get a spot.
  • By bus – Use Ipoh’s affordable bus network to get from the city centre, or another area of the city, to the entrance of The Lost World. Various bus routes stop outside or very near the park and the best route will depend on your starting location. We recommend using Google Maps’ search for directions function to find the best bus option. The bus journey takes around 25-minutes from the centre of town.
shows the main entrance at the Lost World of Tambun theme park

The top things to do at The Lost World of Tambun theme park

There are two park options you can choose from at the Lost World of Tambun: The Lost World of Tambun day park, or the Lost World Night Park. Both are full of attractions for all ages. However, the Night Park caters particularly well to adults. When we visited Lost World of Tambun earlier on this year, we went to the night park and highly recommend it. Below is an overview of the top attractions and themed areas for each ticket option.

Lost World of Tambun Day Theme Park

Lost World Water Park

Splash around and cool off at the Lost World Water Park. Glide down the Adventure River in a tube float, jump with the waves at the Jungle Wave Bay, and slide down the longest inflatable tube rube in Malaysia at Tube Raiders. The water park is fun for everyone, no matter your age. We recommend heading to the water park last if you’re planning on visiting the other areas of the day park. Check out the official Lost World website for an overview of the main water park attractions, slides and facilities.

Lost World Amusement Park

Just like Disneyworld and Disneyland, Lost World of Tambun is home to a mini theme park. It’s perfect for kids and adults who want to have a bit of fun. Even though the amusement park area is a small area of The Lost World, there’s still a good selection of rides. Choose from Perak’s first ever rollercoaster and get your adrenaline pumping, swing around in circles on the Dragon Flight swings, or head to the Haunted Chambers if you’re feeling extra brave. The amusement park is full of traditional fair rides and particularly suits families with small children.

Pro-tip: Visit the amusement rides section of the park first to beat the queues. Wait times are often longer later in the day.

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Lost World Tin Valley

If you’re looking for something a little more cultural and educational, head to the Lost World Tin Valley and learn about the Ipoh’s tin mining past. Activities at the Lost World Tin Valley include a history walk, a tin trail, a visit to a local tea house and more interactive exhibits. This activity is popular for young children on school trips, or for families with kids.

Lost World Tiger Valley

Another great section of the day park is the Lost World Tiger Valley. It’s a great opportunity to get up close and personal to these wild cats. There’s a tiger feeding show from 3pm – 4pm daily, so be sure to get there early to get a seat. Spend about 30 – 45 minutes walking around before the tiger feeding show and get to know the park’s tigers.

Lost World Petting Zoo

One of the best areas of the entire park, in our opinion, is the Lost World Petting Zoo. Not only are the animals adorable and cute, but it’s a great chance to see the animals right up close (and in some cases, even feed and hold them). This section of the park is great for young children and families, but adults will appreciate the up-close animal encounters too. Animals at the Petting Zoo include giraffes, a variety of bird species, tortoises, rabbits, parrots and more. See a full list of animals on the official Lost World website.

shows the entrance to the Lost World Petting Zoo
Lost World Adventure Park

The final activity area in the park is Lost World’s Adventure Park. Not for the faint-hearted, there’s a selection of different activities for you to enjoy that will definitely give you an adrenaline rush. Choose from abseiling, kayaking, ziplining, paddleboarding and other challenging activities. If you’re a thrill-seeker, we highly recommend the Adventure Park. Find out more details here.

Lost World Night Park

Lost World Hot Springs & Spa

A great addition to the Lost World Night Park is the hot springs area. With 12 different pools to choose from, it’s a great place to relax, unwind and soak in the chilled atmosphere. It can get quite hot in the hot springs, so we recommend taking a water bottle to stay hydrated.

shows the hot spring area at the Lost World of Tambun theme park
Luminous Forest

One of our absolute favourite attractions at the Night Park is the Luminous Forest. Home to the Malayana tribe, you’ll walk around a mysterious and mythical realm of forest, surrounded by plants, trees and fauna. The area is decorated with luminous paint, and you’ll get to meet members of the tribe as you walk along one of the three trails. The luminous forest is fun but can be a bit scary for young children.

shows the luminous forest walk at the Lost World of Tambun theme park
Flaming Percussion

To end your night at the Lost World of Tambun, we highly recommend staying late for the flaming percussion, also known as the fire show. Located at the main stage near the entrance of the park, the show is exhilarating from start to finish. Professional fire performers breathe fire, juggle torches and perform some dangerous, yet thrilling tricks. Be sure to get out your cameras, as you’ll want to capture the fire breathing dragon! The evening fire show was one of the highlights of our visit.

shows a performer on stage at the Lost World of Tambun theme park
Lost World Petting Zoo by Night

Just like the day park, you can also see the animals at the Lost World if you arrive earlier in the evening. You can get up close to the parrots, meercats, racoons, crocodiles, and even walk around the capybara pen. We recommend heading to this area of the park first thing when you arrive in the evening, whilst it’s still light, so you can still see the animals. The Petting Zoo closes later in the evening.

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Tarantula Alley

If you’re afraid of the dark and spiders, we wouldn’t recommend this next attraction! Tarantula Alley is not for the faint hearted. Get up close to a variety of hairy, scary spiders as you walk through a dark cave area. It looks frightening at a glance, but all of the tarantulas are behind glass domes, don’t worry!

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Tropical setting and themed areas

One of our favourite things about The Lost World of Tambun theme park is the immersive, tropical theming. Each area of the park is intertwined with Ipoh’s limestone cliffs and tropical nature. Simply wandering around the park and seeing the many animals, waterfalls, bridges, lakes and plants is a highlight of any visit. Spend time exploring each corner of the park and feel like a jungle adventurer.

What facilities are available at the Lost World of Tambun?

Lockers

There are private lockers for you to use for a small fee. They’re great if you want to go to the water parks in the daytime, or the hot springs in the evening. Keep your belongings safe and dry as you explore the park.

Changing area and showers

The shower facilities are located just opposite the hot springs area of the park. We found these to be a good touch. You can shower and freshen up after being in the pool – especially if you’re staying for the night park. As the theme park has a mix of wet and dry attractions, the changing area is a good place to freshen up.

Water fountains

Be sure to bring your own water bottle. You can use any of the free water fountains located around the park. It’s a cost-effective way to stay hydrated during your visit.

Food & drink

The Lost World of Tambun offers a variety of different food stalls, all themed like Ipoh’s cultural city centre. For a theme park, we found the food quality and prices to be very good! They offer local dishes such as Hor Fun and Cendol, plus some other popular noodle dishes, western food and more. Here’s a list of the key meal and snack locations throughout the park:

Lost World Ipoh Street

The main area to grab a bite to eat is at the Lost World Ipoh Street. With a selection of Chinese, Malay and Indian cuisine, food is affordable and cooked fresh. Opening times are from 11am – 10pm.

shows the street food stalls at the Lost World of Tambun, Ipoh
Jom Chá Farm Fresh

Cool off and grab a refreshing sugary drink or a soft serve ice cream from Jom Chá Farm Fresh. It’s a great option for those looking for a quick pick-me-up and want to cool off from the hot Ipoh sun. Opening times are from 12pm – 7pm.

Kukuntalu Hawkers

As its name suggests, Kukuntalu Hawkers provides some of Ipoh’s best hawker food. Expect lots of traditional Malay cuisine here. Dishes are cheap, though portions can be quite small. Opening times are from 11am – 7pm.

Lost World Hotdogs

If you’re looking for a quick bite for lunch, or a filling snack, check out Lost World Hotdogs. It’s a big hit with the kids! Opening times are from 11am – 6pm.

Dulang Tea House

Dine the Ipoh way and opt for something a little more traditional, such as eggs on toast and a delicious Ipoh white coffee. Opening times are from 12pm – 6pm.

shows a cup of Ipoh white coffee
Postcard Lounge

For the adults, head out for a cocktail at the Postcard Lounge. It’s 60s theming is really cool, and we loved the quirky atmosphere here. Opening times are from 3pm – 11pm. We recommend visiting when the sun goes down. Take a break and grab a drink while exploring the Lost World Night Park.

FAQs

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Our top tips for visiting the Lost World of Tambun theme park

  • Be sure to check the park’s website ahead of time for any special events/ festivals. Opening times vary during seasonal events and the park sometimes hosts special festivals and event.
  • If you want to enjoy the park when it’s not as busy, we recommend visiting one a weekday. Saturdays are usually the busiest.
  • If you’re planning on visiting the day park, we suggest doing the dry activities first, e.g. the petting zoo, amusements and animal shows. This way, you won’t be walking around the park soaking wet! However, there are shower facilities at the park if you want to use them.
  • As you’re in a Muslim country, the locals will be dressed more conservatively. Whilst bikinis are acceptable and still worn by other tourists, you might feel more comfortable in a swimsuit.
  • You aren’t allowed to bring any food or drink to the park. The security staff may check your bags upon entry, so be aware of this.
  • If you want to see a few of the animal shows and animal feeding sessions, be sure to check the activity times on the website, or on the programme you’ll receive when you arrive. They’re a great chance to get up close to the animals and aren’t to be missed! We recommend planning your day around the show times.
  • Don’t forget to bring the essentials if you’re visiting during the day: sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, a towel, a swimsuit and flip flops. If you forget anything, you can buy swimwear and essentials in the on-site gift shop.

We’ve reached the end of our guide on The Lost World of Tambun theme park, Ipoh. We had such an incredible time at this fun park and can’t wait to return in the near future to try out the daytime park. We hope you found this guide useful. If you have any questions or would like to share your own thoughts on The Lost World, leave us a comment below.

BY SUSIE

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I’m a passionate traveller that loves a sunny beach holiday, but also appreciate the cultural side to a trip and checking out undiscovered destinations. I’m the go-to Toucan Traveller for great holiday stories, cool photos and foodie recommendations.

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