Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Lost World of Tambun, Ipoh - Day 1

Ipoh is surrounded by beautiful mountains.  Perhaps it is such a unique location, with natural hot spring that attracted the Sunway Group to locate their Theme Park here, called Lost World of Tambun.

The Lost World Hotel is new and just opened its doors on 28th April 2011.  It is a 3-star hotel right opposite the Theme Park, serving mainly visitors to the Theme Park.  The building designs blends in very nicely with the mountainous landscape.

The Lost World Hotel taken from the main road

What I found out-of-place was the row of modern terraces located 
too close to the Hotel which spoils the beauty.  Can see that the window view from the 
lower floors of the hotel might be somewhat blocked too.

Check-in time to the hotel was 3pm and we were early.  I have read of a river around the Theme Park, but it looked more like a drain to me.  The receptionist suggested we take a cab to town for sight-seeing and makan, but we did not want to take another round in the cab and Uncle Lai the taxi driver has already left, so we just hopped by to the Mcdonald's opposite and grab some cup noodles, snacks and slippers at the Giant hypermarket nearby.

Giant on the Left and Mcdonald's on the Right.  Walking time approximately 10 to 15 minutes from Lost World Hotel.

Ipoh did not look very busy.   On hindsight, it would have been fine to rent a car from the airport to explore Ipoh, well known for its Beansprout Chicken and Ipoh Hor Fan amongst others.

Upon our return, our rooms were ready and we were given nice connecting rooms on the 3rd Floor.

Nice, clean rooms without carpet.  Floor mat not provided at the toilet.  Need to bring slippers.  Free Wi-fi in Rooms.

View from our Hotel Room 352

Clean toilet.  Body lotion, soap, bath towels, hair-dryer, Box Tissue provided.  
Body and Hair Shampoo is in dispenser in the bathroom.

The Lost World Hotel has one of the longest corridors for a hotel.
It was noisy at night when the guests returned or just arrived.

After brief rest at the Hotel, we took a walk around the area, taking pictures and enjoying the peacefulness of a weekday visit.  There was also a souvenir shop at the entrance where Mom got her fridge magnet, adding to her travel collection. 

We have purchased entrance tickets through the Theme Park Online Store at a discount for the following day.  Usual price at the Counter was RM48 for adults and RM38 for children and senior citizens.  

There were no restaurants at the hotel.  The only restaurant at the Theme park that served dinner was deserted when we went.  

There was a Unique Seafood Restaurant right beside the Hotspring and Spa, but it was out-of-sight.  Do not be fooled by the Google map as it shows its location near Giant.  That is their new location from next February onwards.  It was a good thing we asked for directions at the guard house.

True to its name, Unique Seafood Restaurant serves some unique dishes.
Price was reasonable and service was prompt.

To think that dinner is the last event of the day before you retire at the hotel would be a a total waste of time if you visit Lost World of Tambun.  It is the Night Hotspring and Spa that one simply should not miss.  Hotel guests are given 2 free tickets per room to the Night Spa.  Bring your hotel key to collect the wrist bands from the hotel receptionist.  

There was a small commotion during our dinner where the waiter serving us the fish dropped the entire plate and glass shattered on the table and floor.  SW's jeans was stained as he was closest to the waiter.  Fortunately, no one was hurt.  The manager had our entire table replaced, including the drinks and rice.  We thought we were not able to make it to the Night Spa.  According to the receptionist, if you miss out on the first night of the Night Spa, you can accumulate them for the following night's - which means the 5th person in our group would not need to pay to go in.

The Night Spa closes at 10pm and at 8pm after our dinner, we made it.  

Unfortunately, I have no pictures to show - that is because I was enjoying myself there, and no lockers were available.  Unlike many spas in other places, you need not be scantily clad and the whole family can have fun together.  We all wore swimsuits and Mom wore T-shirt and short stretchy pants.

The Hotspring and Spa was beautifully lit with mood lights at night.  I found out the following day that you could enjoy the same facilities as it is connected to the Theme Park.  However, the experience is different.

For hotel guests, ask for towels upon your entrance to the Night Spa to wrap yourself back to the hotel across the carpark and small road.  If not, bring a T-shirt along in case you catch a cold.  In any case, the heat from the Spa would be enough to keep your body warm till you get back to the hotel.

I will elaborate on the Spa in Day 2 since I would have the pictures to show.

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