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I never thought my first time glamping would be in Malaysia, nor that it would be in a theme park, but what a great introduction we had to glamping at the Lost World of Tambun in Ipoh.
Glamping has become popular worldwide as a way to make camping accessible for every one. You don’t need to have any specialized equipment and you don’t have to rough it. You show up and everything is set up for you with all the creature comforts you are used to. Glamping allows you to get close to nature without having to deal with the inconveniences of camping. It is also a perfect option if you are travelling in a different country, but still want a camping experience.
The Lost World of Tambun is a theme park located in Ipoh, a city midway between Kuala Lumpur and Penang on Peninsular Malaysia. The setting of the theme park is spectacular with limestone karst cliffs rising up out of the lush jungle. Ipoh is also where we lived from 2011-2012 and it is just starting to gain the attention of international travelers.
The Lost World of Tambun has eight large glamping tents set on a beautiful and peaceful lake right inside the theme park. The location is absolutely breathtaking and the kids loved the idea of spending the night inside a theme park.
This was a great little getaway for us and a relaxing way to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Ipoh with fun activities for the whole family at Lost World of Tambun. The glamping experience was a really unique one and we were so impressed with how much thought had been put into creating this camping under the stars in style experience. Here is our Lost World of Tambun glamping experience review.
Our Glamping Experience at Lost World of Tambun
Our glamping experience began when we checked in at the Lost World Hotel and were whisked by buggy inside the theme park to a tranquil lakeside area. This is the centre of the park’s adventure activities, a quiet and peaceful area set amongst the cliffs.
There are 8 large tents set up around the lake and the kids excitedly ran over to check out our home for the next two nights. We camp regularly as a family, but it was so nice to just show up and have everything set up for us. Not to mention the sight of real beds and even an air conditioning unit in the tent (we didn’t need it and only used the fans) made me happy.
On one side of the tent was a queen size bed and on the other side was two doubles for the kids. There was a lockable cabinet for us to keep our valuables and water and toiletries. The tent is secured with two padlocks and there was always a staff member at the adventure centre reception. Outside of the tent we had a picnic table overlooking the lake to enjoy the stunning scenery.
There is a very new toilet and shower block 100 m away set against the cliffs. We had great views as we brushed our teeth and the tree growing through the men’s shower definitely added to the atmosphere.
The kids caught sight of the zip line over the lake and the staff were really accommodating and the whole family suited up for a thrilling ride over the lake. After ziplining, the kids set about exploring the nearby areas of the theme park.
Food Options at Lost World of Tambun
Breakfast is included with the glamping packages and each morning the buggy took us to the restaurant located at the front of the theme park. There was a wide-variety of items available at the buffet, including freshly prepared food stations. The kids were thrilled to find many Western options and the adults enjoyed the local dishes like curry mee and nasi lemak. With Malaysia being a predominantly Muslim country, there were no pork dishes, but there was chicken sausage and beef bacon.
For glamping guests, you have the opportunity to have a BBQ dinner at your camp site giving you the full camping experience. A charcoal grill was brought to our picnic table and we had so much fun grilling our own food. We had fresh fish, sausages and meat for the kids and even got to roast marshmallows for dessert. They were even able to cater to us vegetarians, so we didn’t get to miss out.
For full service dining, the Indian restaurant is set within the hot springs looking out over the adjoining fields. We had some delicious curries for dinner one night, although they were a bit too spicy for the kids.
Ipoh is known for its street food and Lost World of Tambun has recreated an Ipoh street with lots of local specialities to try at reasonable prices. Again the kids were happy to skip the noodles and rice and enjoy a burger and fries. But Mom and Dad enjoyed some tasty Asian vegetarian foods.
Where is Ipoh?
Ipoh is 2.5 hours from Kuala Lumpur and 2 hours from Penang on Peninsular Malaysia. The city grew out of the jungle as the centre of Malaysia’s tin mining boom that started in the 1820’s. While domestic tourists have been flocking to Ipoh for decades to eat Ipoh’s famous foods, visit its cave temples and enjoy its stunning scenery, Ipoh is just starting to get on the map for international visitors.
Lost World of Tambun Theme Park
We have a full review coming on the blog on all that the Lost World of Tambun offers. Needless to say it is so much more than a theme park and has a huge range of day and night activities to enjoy. The water park is a refreshing place to have fun and cool down in the steamy weather and the amusement rides, wildlife encounters and adventure activities also kept us busy. We also loved the natural hot springs, especially in the evening decorated with lanterns and torches.
Lost World Hotel
If glamping isn’t your thing, the Lost World Hotel is a great place to escape for a few days. We stayed a night in a family suite and it was so nice to have lots of room for the whole family. The suite is split into two sections with the main bedroom with large bed and the living area with two double beds for the kids.
It was so nice to get checked into our room and head over to the hot springs for the evening.
We are so glad to have added glamping to our list of cool places we have stayed. The Lost World of Tambun is a great park for families and glamping was such a wonderful way to experience the park. The experience has been really well set up, creating the perfect blend of comfort and adventure. Next time I am setting up my tent in Canada, I am going to think back fondly to our time glamping in Malaysia where all we had to do was just show up!
Disclaimer: We were hosted on a 3 night visit by the Lost World of Tambun. As always all opinions are our own.
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