Lost World of Tambun


When humidity makes the kids whimper, locals bring their families to this ostentatious water park, 8km north of Ipoh. As if the backdrop of jungle-furred cliffs wasn't dramatic enough, the 'lost world' theme is established with huge Mayan-style gateways. Behind them are wave pools, beach volleyball, water coasters and other refreshing amusements. Proper swimsuits only (no cotton T-shirts).

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