What’s more fun than holidaying at a place close to nature with the family, where 👴👵old and 👦👧young can enjoy one of the best moments in their lives? Is there really such a place? you might ask. Well, the answer is yes! And that place is the Lost World of Tambun!
It is a theme park with a whooping 88 attractions that include both dry & wet attractions. The 👱♂️young and energetic can spam ride on all the slides and adventurous activities, whereas the 👶too young to ride on anything can enjoy 🐇feeding & interacting with animals. As for the older folks, they can relax by dipping in geothermal hot springs, which can help rejuvenate their bodies. Ahhh~ doesn’t that sound perfect?
What if you run out of energy playing all those rides and need to 🍴eat to re-energise? No worries! Because there are many different types of selections to choose from, and most of them are halal! You can have some delicious Kopitiam food at the Dulang Tea House or more local foods at the Kukuntalu Hawkers.
If you prefer some western food, there is the 1901 Hot Dogs and Postcard Lounge (if you think that the slides are not enough to make you 🥴tipsy~). Meanwhile, some of you might prefer light bites and Lost World Ipoh Street is perfect for you.
The Lost World of Tambun opens until 🌙night, and there are several attractions to experience. You can enjoy the Luminous Forest and hot springs. There are even night shows & performances waiting for you. Plus, you can actually stay overnight here!
There isn't a better way to kickstart your 🌄day other than a warm dim sum meal! In Ipoh, there is a halal Dim Sum place called Canning Dim Sum. This restaurant is certified halal by Jakim.
Another plus point is its 📸instagrammable surroundings! They serve a wide variety of appetising looking dim sum such as siu mai, 🥟dumplings, fried wonton, bao with different fillings and many more. Do expect a long queue and try to combat that by waking up and going early. If the restaurant is fully occupied, you will be given a waiting number so that you don’t have to physically queue for your turn.
P.S: We recommend taking a number before looking for a parking spot because that way, you can save time.
Start your second day in Ipoh by visiting the DR Seenivasagam Recreational Park. It is a beautiful park with vast foliage, and suitable for 🚶♀️light walking and even 🚴♂️cycling. Bicycle rental service is available whereby you can rent a bicycle (or even a tandem bicycle) and bike around the scenic park. This park is also suitable for picnics, so maybe you can “tapao” some dim sum and eat here while enjoying the picturesque landscape of 🌳nature. The highlight of this park is none other than the Japanese Garden. It was officially opened in 1995 and designed with the assistance from Fukuoka City Hall, so you can definitely expect a degree of authenticity in it.
Inside the Japanese Garden, you will come across a lake with a Japanese-style red bridge and pavilion. Speaking of lakes, there is a bigger lake outside of the Japanese Garden which contains large fishes like tilapia, catfish and koi. This park is also located next to the Kinta Riverfront Walk, which happens to be another popular recreational spot for nature lovers. Plus, there are ample parking spaces available here!
P.S: Please check the operating hours before going.
The next destination we would like to introduce to this itinerary is the Sam Poh Tong Temple. There are many cave temples in Ipoh, but we recommend the Sam Poh Tong Temple because it is the oldest and largest cave temple in Malaysia. Upon climbing up 246 steps to the cave opening, visitors get to view the city of Ipoh and its surroundings.
Visitors are also offered the opportunity to feed 🐠fish and release turtles into a pond as the means to balance one's karma. The atmosphere here is very calming, and you will be at ease once stepping afoot in here.
This nasi ganja was founded by Mr Mohd's grandfather in 1955 and still uses the original heavy copper pots to cook their rice. A long queue is expected here, and because of that, table sharing became a norm.
After a whole day of touring around Ipoh, you should reward yourself with a cooling dip at the waterfall. For that, you should visit Buntong Falls. It is located at the foothills of the infamous Kledang Range, and if you want to challenge yourself, you may hike the Kledang hill instead!
Buntong Falls on the other hand, is a fairly easy trail to hike and takes an average of 24 minutes to complete. However, the hike can still be slightly difficult for young children, so it is best not to bring them. You can also stay around for picnic, but please make sure to leave the place clean and rubbish-free!
Lastly, end your night by savouring the famous Ipoh bean sprout chicken. Many restaurants in Ipoh serve this dish, and Cowan Street Ayam Tauge & Koitiau Restaurant is one of the best.
At this restaurant, the Ipoh bean sprout chicken is served with hor fun (kuey teow soup). The best part of all is parking slots are easy to find! This restaurant is not halal, so please don’t bring your Muslim friends here.
Start your morning by having a hearty breakfast with local favourites like roti bakar (toasts), Ipoh white coffee or nasi lemak at the Oldtown White Coffee Grand.
This grand looking restaurant is located within the M Boutique Hotel Ipoh. The interior is nicely renovated and gives a different vibe from all the other Oldtown White Coffee restaurants
As one of the most popular tourist destinations in Malaysia, Ipoh has many hot springs that you can pick from. One of the most interesting ones is the Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat. It doesn’t matter if you stay here overnight or not because you can still enjoy all the hot springs and spas. At the Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, there are many facilities for you to pamper your body, such as the Thermal Steam Cave, Ice Bath, Meditation Cave, Crystal Cave, Garra Rufa and Doctor Fish Pool. However, the Geothermal Hot Springs Dipping Pools are still the main attraction here.
This is definitely a refreshing experience as you get to soak and relax in a pool while surrounded by a 🌳serene nature of green foliage and 260-million-year-old Paleozoic limestone hills. You can also stay in one of their 44 villas which consist of 3 different themes. They are eco-chic, discreet, and the ones that are influenced by the natural surroundings.
If you feel like Banjaran Hotspring is a bit too 🤑pricey for your wallet, you can start your car and head over to the Mirror Lake or Tasik Cermin. The scenery there is similar to that of Banjaran Hotspring minus the hot spring.
Have a quick lunch before going to the next destination! We recommend stopping by NASI AYAM PENYET. Yes, that is the name of the restaurant. It is a small homely eatery that serves one of the best ayam penyet in town. However, be warned! Those who can’t handle 🥵spicy food might want to back out from their sambal as it can burn a hole in your 👅tongue.
After a full tummy, head on to the Tambun Pomelo GoChin Agro Farm. It is a small farm, and the owner is friendly enough to take you on a tour and explain about the fruits there. Pomelo is not the only fruit that is grown in the farm. There are also other fruits like guava, grapefruit, starfruit, chikoo and jackfruit.
This place provides a good learning experience for 👨👩adults and 👧👦kids. Admission is free, and when you are done with your tour, you can purchase fresh fruits from this farm as souvenirs!
Ipoh is a small city with lots of attractions that are close to the nature. It might take you a few days or even a week to fully explore the beautiful nature of Ipoh. Despite that, we hope you find our best 3 days 2 nights itinerary around Ipoh for nature lovers useful!