SPENDING a day in the Lost World of Tambun promises more than just the excitement of a water theme park.
It is not difficult to see why many Perakians and tourists from other states flock to the place that offers the thrills and option of multiple attractions packed into one.
It was gratifying to know that Ipoh is now more than just a city known for its famous bean sprouts chicken (nga choy kai) and white coffee.
The holiday mood was in the air as families and friends were there to relax and have a fun time, while couples were there to spend a day out together.
The Wave Pool, Tube Raiders (giant water slides) and the 660m-long Adventure River with wave effects were some of the crowd favourites.
This year, the theme park also had Christmas activities to keep visitors entertained.
One highlight is a performance called Sparkling Moments, which is held at 4.30pm every weekend until the end of December.
The show, which rides on Disney’s Frozen film last year, features talents from the Perak Society of Performing Arts as they continue the story of ice queen Elsa and her sister Anna helping Santa Claus and his elves.
Their rendition of the film’s two popular songs — Let It Go and Do You Want To Build A Snowman? — were the children’s clear favourites.
Many rushed to take pictures with the cast once the 30-minute performance was over.
The performers also left the stage in style, as they formed the Sparkling Parade and marched away while waving to the crowd.
Those who were at the park recently were lucky enough to catch the appearance of mascots from ChiChi & ChaCha, which is Asia’s first live action 3D animated edutainment programme.
The presence of the lovable tiger mascots, along with two others comprising orang utan called Atan and a shaman called Hujan, offered additional photo opportunities for visitors.
Yuletide celebrations aside, visitors can still embark on a mini adventure by exploring the theme park’s main features — the amusement park, Lost World Hot Springs and Spa, the Tiger Valley, Lost World Petting Zoo, Lost World Tin Valley and Lost World Team Building Park.
The petting zoo was a popular attraction among the young and old.
The public is allowed to touch, feed and play with some of the creatures in the petting zoo, which houses a selection of domestic and wild animals.
Some of the animals the children could pet and play with were rabbits, guinea pigs and tortoises, as well as the African dwarf goats and deer.
In addition to the feeding show for the tigers at Tiger Valley, a fish feeding show is held at the Kepura Cave next to the valley at noon every day.
The featured species were the Arapaima, which are among the largest freshwater fish in the world that can reach a length of 4.5m, and the alligator gar, a carnivorous fish that has a dual row of large teeth and a snout like an alligator.
The water in the hot springs comes from Tambun and is then channelled out to the nearby Kopisan River. The water temperature measures 40°C.
At the end of the hot springs’ infinity pool is the Lost World Steam Cave, which is great for those seeking a respite after long, stressful days.
The steam cave, which acts as a sauna, encourages the body to sweat so bodily toxins and waste are expelled through the pores on the epidermis, leaving the dermis clean and refreshed.
Tickets to Lost World of Tambun are priced at RM50 nett per adult and RM42 nett per child. Children below 90cm in height may enter for free.