Tambun is a town located in district of Kinta, being located in close proximity to the state capital, Ipoh. In fact it is one of the major towns in Kinta following Ipoh’s prominence. From the historical point of view, Tambun altogether with Kinta gained recognition for tin mining, being one of the major producers of tin way back in the 18th century. The development in the area occurred even faster with the influx of new settlers after Ipoh is declared as the state capital of Perak from 1937, replacing Taiping. Without doubt, the tin mining industry attracted a large number of settlers, especially among the Chinese ethnicity. However, another interesting fact to know about Tambun is that it is also well-known for the pomelo produce which is highly sought by locals and tourists alike. Most of the planters were the Hakkas from the southern China who brought the pomelo during their travel to the Malay Peninsula. Tambun’s dark and ferrous soil conditions are said to be suitable for growing pomelos, hence motivating the Hakka Chinese to further develop the pomelo plantation here. Most of the fertilizers used are animal droppings which are obtained by the local cow farm. Typically the harvest is done twice a year in conjunction with the Chinese New Year and the Mid Autumn Festival. There are also other farmers who managed to have a third crop to increase their yield, while others rear pigs and chickens in their pomelo farm. This practice has stopped in early 21st century when the Japanese Encephalitis struck the district. In 2004, Lost World of Tambun theme park opened doors to visitors, thus increasing the visibility of the town much further.
People driving from Kuala Lumpur may drive via North-South Highway/E1 for immediate access to the township of Tambun. The journey could take up to two hours depending on the current traffic situation.
From Kuala Lumpur International Airport, visitors can catch the Express Rail Link (ERL) train which goes to KL Sentral/Bandar Tasik Putrajaya/Cyberjaya/Salak Tinggi/KLIA route. There, one can board the Electric Train Services (ETS) northbound coach and stop by the Ipoh station.
The nearest express bus terminal is the Ipoh express bus terminal which is located at Persiaran Meru Raya. Take the direct trip from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) terminal using express bus services such as Transnasional Express and Seri Maju Express.
Being the major point of attraction of Tambun, the theme park and hotel is managed by Sunway Group, covering a wide area of 7, 234 square metres surrounded by the limestone hills. Among the highlight of Lost World of Tambun is its calming hot springs as well as the Water Park. In addition to that, there are also other zones such as Amusement Park, Tiger Valley, Lost World Petting Zoo, Lost World Ipoh Street, Adventure Park, Night Spa and Tin Valley. New zones and upgrades are consistently added while maintenance is properly done, making the park more enjoyable for a fun session with family and friends.
Another place of interest when coming to Tambun is the Hutan Lipur Ulu Kinta. Located around 15-30 minutes away from Tambun, this nature preserve is taken care of by Kinta/Manjung Forest Department. Aside from camping, adventurous souls may also look forward to hike Korbu Mountain which can be entered from this forest.
A nicely decorated hotel situated in Persiaran Sunway. A two-star hotel that is close to some of the attractions in Tambun with budget accommodation rates that are kind to your purse strings.
A decent hotel situated in Jalan Sunway City Ipoh 1/3 with facilities and services such as television, shower, safety deposit box, hairdryer and WiFi.