I believe a big part of any adventure is in the novelty of the experience. Don’t you think so? You have to break ground into new territory or experiences you’ve never had before. If you're adventurous, you will be eager to try new things, you’re willing to go where you haven’t been before and do things you’ve never done, even if you don’t know how it’s going to turn out.
Well, for me - you don’t have to go far to explore, Lost World Of Tambun (LWOT) has it all, from wholesome family fun to adrenaline-filled thrills for extreme enthusiasts. So, for this year, my family and I decided to go to LWOT to spend some quality family time together- but with a twist. Yes, we’ve been planning to try the Adventure Park, particularly on caving and their obstacle course. Needless to say, none of us had done it before. We didn’t even know if we had the nerves to do it, but we wanted to!
Stepping In… Our First Day!
The day we arrived, we were warmly welcomed by Ms Bella who was there to provide all the necessary arrangements from accommodation, food, plus entry tickets to the park for all of us. The first day was pretty much relaxing, after our lunch at Kukuntalu Hawkers, we played some outdoor games such as Stormrider, a pirate ship, Dragon Flights, Giddy Galleon, Lupe’s Adventure, roller coaster rides, and chilled in the hot springs pool. There was also some delicious food to tuck in at the Lost World of Ipoh Street that offers delectable local delicacies with all kinds of snacks and of course Ipoh’s famous foods.
As nightfall arrived, we explored the Luminous Forest which transported us from the normal realm into the magical enchanted forest. We were totally mesmerised with its intricate details of their mythical gardens and the beautiful luminous landscape. With those memories in mind, we went to bed with comfort and sweet dreams.
Exploring the 6th Mile Tunnel
A new day, a new adventure for us! I saw the itinerary on the activities we would be doing – the first thing that caught my attention was the 6th Mile Tunnel experience and the 13th High Ropes Course that was planned out for us. So, right after our hearty breakfast at the Garden Terrace, I thought I had the energy to storm through whatever that comes my way. But then, I had butterflies in my stomach not knowing what I have gotten myself into. To be precise, it was an odd mixture of fear and excitement – feelings I normally get before I begin a new adventure. My biggest fear was really on encountering reptiles. Needless to say, I’m a herpetophobia – an abnormal fear towards reptiles. Choice has been made, so I braved myself to overcome my anxiety. I couldn’t bring my kids along for the 6th Mile Tunnel experience as it is quite risky, so it was just me, a mama in her 40s, packed with only confidence and energy, and some of the superheroes in the family that included my 68 years old father-in-law who didn’t want to miss the adventure too. If there was one thing we all knew how to do, it was to have FUN!!!
We took a buggy ride to Adventure Park and later was briefed on the SOP’s, and some safety issues. Then off we went with all our safety gears, which included a life jacket, a safety helmet, a head-lamp, and of course a small bottle of mineral water and an energy bar. As we walked along the Boga Lake, En. Fakhrul, our guide for the day, started explaining the history of the 6th Mile Tunnel. According to him, it used to be quite some adventure years back, as you had to cross lakes covered in tall reeds and go through mud and slime. In those days, cavers often used inner tubes as floatation devices to transport their bags across the lake, he added on. But now, it’s less challenging as the surrounding land has been cleared and developed into a housing area. He added on saying that it is a man-made tunnel and that it was a former tin mining area abandoned after the tin ran dry. So obviously the tunnel is decades old. It was said that the tunnel was discovered in recent years and got its name from the village that is located on the sixth mile. The tunnel is only about 800 metres long and takes about three hours to explore.
We had to cross the Boga Lake by floating on our backs to reach the other side located near Sunway’s residential area, then passed through the X-camp (an outsourced recreation centre by LWOT). Again, we had to float on our back crossing a swampy mucky pond. This time, it was quite challenging as the water was freezing cold and our feet would get stuck inside the sludgy mud if we didn’t float on our back.
Before we entered the cave, and with our clothes soiled, I took a deep breath and said a silent prayer for everyone’s safety and prayed not to encounter any slithering reptiles. Once inside the cave, we found ourselves in water up to our waist, well at least for me as I’m the shortest in the group. The tunnel was hauntingly quiet so we made sure we talked to each other as we splashed and waded through the dark cave.
Inside the tunnel, we got to admire stalagmites, stalactites and numerous rock and crystal formations that were just magnificent. We really had to walk carefully as there were many rocky and slippery areas, where we stumbled over stones and loose pebbles. There were also traces of tools that still remain in the cave as the tunnel was once used as a hideout for communist. The rocks were stacked on top of one another to create a dry storage area near the ceiling of the cave, which might have been used to store weapons or food.
As our adventure continued on, we even got to see flying bats, catfishes, and other strange insects. We were very cautious not to touch the walls of the cave since we were warned that there might be pythons and poisonous cave creatures that may be present.
After all the struggles from getting muddy to walking through the dark cave, we finally arrived to a beautiful cold waterfall that looks like it’s straight out of the Discovery channel. It was truly an eyesight and totally worth the whole journey! We stopped for a while just to enjoy the beautiful view and continued on with our journey. Soon after, we saw the light at the end of the tunnel, which gave us an even better feeling of joy as we were all extremely tired from our long walk. It felt like the other side of the world, I must say. From total darkness to greenery sight. It’s the Lost Valley, a forest with a limestone backdrop. We stopped for a short picnic there, then headed back into the tunnel to get back to the park as there was no other way out.
On our way back, it was raining so we couldn’t do the 13th High Ropes Course. Instead, we went on the Zip Line and went Kayaking. It rained pretty much the whole day after that, so we headed to Dulang Tea House and had a wonderful tea break to ease us from the cold.
Rejuvenate in the Hot Springs
After some much-needed rest in our comfy rooms, we headed to Namaste Restaurant for dinner. It’s an authentic Indian restaurant that provides quality food with a fusion of delicately spiced dishes and mouth-watering masala sauces. We had chicken biryani, mutton biryani and some vegetarian dishes as well. It was a sumptuous dinner indeed. We then walked our way out to the Luminous Forest and watched the Flaming Percussion again for the second night in a row.
It was time for some much-needed rejuvenation as we continued our night relaxing in the hot springs. The mineral-rich and natural bio-thermal hot spring pools felt so relaxing, it immediately revived our body after the intense day we had. With a total of 1.8 acres in size, the Lost World Hot Springs and Spa is divided into few areas such as Infinity Pool, Lost World Steam Cave, Foot Spa, Crystal Spa, Top of the World Pool, The Geyser of Tambun, Crystal Pool and more. The water temperatures vary between pools (from 40°C to 45°C), allowing you to find the perfect one to relax and soak in.
We couldn’t try their jacuzzi pools of Amethyst, Topaz and Sapphire that comes with different temperatures, as the weather was definitely not on our side. Other attractions include their Steam Cave which acts as a sauna and their Top of the World Pool and Crystal Spa which offers aromatherapy and head and shoulder massage in a private hut.
But, as one big family, we certainly enjoyed the serenity and peaceful relaxation in the Saphira’s Lair. LWOT is definitely an ideal place for the entire family to have fun and capture fond memories together. It provides 100% relaxation from worries and our busy lifestyle. All that matter is who you’re with and the memories that you make together as a family. With activities to do both day and night, it is definitely a destination that my family and I would go back to over and over again.