Waterslides, rides, AND a petting zoo? OH BOY!

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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Sun Golden Inn

Flag of Malaysia  , Perak,
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

One of the reasons we went to Ipoh was because we thought it would be the jump off point for the caving and rafting we had read about in the surrounding area. The thing is Ipoh isn't a touristy town so you're kind of left to your own devices for getting to these things. We read about a guest house where it looked like we could do it all at but it was much more expensive to stay there than where we were at and weren't 100% sure about how the place worked so we decided to try it on our own. We read about some caves you can do tours through just a bit outside Ipoh and tried to figure out how to get there on bus but they didn't run close enough so that wouldn't work and we had to take a cab. The only thing is we wouldn't be able to get a cab to go back to Ipoh so we had to pay him to wait for us to be done at the caves. He told us it only took an hour and a half to go to the caves, do the tour and go back to town....this was a little different from the 4 hours we read about. When we got there there was a list of different tours you could go on that went to various stages inside the caves. Considering we had to pay the taxi to wait and he seemed to only want to take us for the hour and a half we only took the first stage tour and had to miss out on the 4 hour full adventure through the cave rivers and everything; we were dissapointed but still had a good mini tour. There are tours that run from the agency by the place we were staying but you have to book in groups so being there was only two of us that is why we were at a disadvantage.
Oh and on our way back to our hotel a nice gentleman leaned out of his truck window with huge eyes and a huge grin and told James "very beautiful girl you got there, good job" and then asked James for his name and mine and after James gave him a thumbs up and told him our names the guy yelped "Jackie! OW!"....needless to say I was less than impressed, and also more than a little annoyed with James who seemed to egg him on with the thumbs up and also seemed to think it was a little funny. We've actually started to notice a change in who honks at us from when we were in Thailand to Malaysia now. Taxi's that wanted to get our attention were the ones in Thailand that did it and although they still do in Malaysia we've also got it from taxi's who have people already in them and truck drivers parked beside the road.....James thinks it's cz he's so sexy.

The next day though we went to the Lost World of Tambun park. Inclusive in the park was a huge pool, waterslides, a couple small amusement park rides, a petting zoo, a small lake with paddle boat, a tiger sanctuary, and hot springs!
We had a great day there and it made our side trip to Ipoh completely worth it.
First we went to the petting zoo while we waited for lunch to come our so we could order some food. They had a whole stray of various small animals like raccoons, skunks, monkeys, goats, prairie dogs, turtles, ferrets, porcupines, etc. They also had a bird cage that we could walk through with peacocks, pigeons, doves, budgies, and small weird birds we don't know the name of. The thing with the bird cage though was that the budgies all swarmed to wherever you were in the cage so it could get a little nerve-racking when they all flew at you. James isn't a big fan of birds and was a big baby making me (Jackie) go through first...towards the peacocks who all had their tale feathers puffed out, looking a little annoyed. Finally I calmed down a bit to and got a little more comfortable and tried sticking my arm out, and a couple seconds later I had budgies swarming around my head trying to find somewhere to land (it was pretty scary actually and I was crouched over trying to be ready to protect my neck and head if I had to), then as James was about to take a picture a pigeon flew at me and tried to land and as James yelled "pigeon!" I freaked and ran! It was pretty funny in there but we were ready to move on.
After some food we rented a tube and rode the river around the park. At one point in the river there is a trough on a huge archway that is slowly filled up with water and when it reaches the top it dumps down on the river below. When we saw the first dump we got a little nervous but decided to just keep floating along and take our chance. By complete coincidence (it was a complete coincidence too, cz we checked again later and the thing is timed, there is noone pushing a drop button) just as we floated underneath the trough dropped and drenched us!
Next we rode the tube rides and had a blast on those as well. Then it was the pool and the swing ride, then the tiger sanctuary where we took tons of pictures and stayed for the tiger show, where the trainer through chunks of meat at them and they caught it in their mouths. Pretty cool to see a 300kg tiger jump up and snatch a peice of meat in the air.
After a long day of the park we wanted to go check out the hot springs, only thing was it wasn't dark yet and it was still blisteringly hot outside. So we tried to waste some time by going to eat and sit in the big pool some more. Finally when we were pretty much ready to leave but still wanted to go in the hot springs we just forgot about the heat and went in. The pools were scorching! There were numerous pools and a rockbed in a ring in one of the pools that you walk around and was called a foot spa...the rocks were very painful to walk across! There was also a steam cave that was very cool...and incredibly hot!
Just as the sun was finally going down (which was when we actually wanted to enjoy the hot springs) we decided we couldn't take any more and got a cab back. We spent a total of 9 hours in the park, and loved it all!
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