Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Lost World Tin Valley & Dulang Tea House, Ipoh

At Lost World Tin Valley, you can take a walk down memory lane and immerse yourself in the history of tin mining.

Towns like Ipoh, Kampar and Tambun have a long history of tin mining and the Tin Valley was created to take you back to the past and aims to educate today's generation about the rich heritage of tin mining in the Kinta Valley.

The Tin Mining area is equipped with a life-sized palung (sluice box), an original gravel pump monitor and a large area for visitors to experience “Dulang Washing” (Tin Ore Panning) just like the good old days. BabySumoKids had fun partaking in the dulang washing activity, with the friendly staff showing us the correct way to swirl the pans and wash away the earth and stones, until the heavier tin ore remained.  They enjoyed it so much, that we had a stop here everytime we headed to and fro from our glamping camp.

Introducing the best tin miner from our family ;)

In the olden days, elephants were used to transport the heavy tin ore to the nearest depot. At Lost World Tin Valley you will find life-sized stone elephants that you can climb for a birds eye view of the area.

BabySumoKids with the Needle of Tambun

A visit to Dulang Tea House is a must if you're in the area, be it for a cup of coffee or for some local favourites that tin workers used to enjoy in its heyday. There's locally roasted coffee (kopi kampung), roasted rice tea, roti bakar with soft boiled kampung eggs or snacks such biskut lutut or roti tumbuk.

This is one of those places that you would fall in love with as soon as you set eyes on it; it is uniquely positioned under one of the 400 million year old limestone caves and it just has so much character.

Menu at Dulang Tea House

The staff pours the kopi kampung (RM5) out from one of these rustic-looking kettles. 

I had the Roasted Rice Tea (RM5), which is made by roasting rice in a pot, then adding water and simmering for ten minutes. The rice is then sieved and brown sugar, honey and pandan leaves are added to give it a distinct aroma.

I highly recommend the Roti bakar (RM6 for 2 pcs), which is toasted bread prepared the old-fashioned way, over a charcoal fire.  You can also go for the Set A (RM15) which comes with coffee, soft boiled egg and roti bakar. The eggs are perfectly cooked, so the kids enjoyed it very much.

Telur goyang

We also love the Specialty dish here (RM10), roti bakar served with chicken curry. The chicken curry was thick and fragrant, and it was lovely dipping the crisp toast into it - once you start, you can't stop!

Traditional snacks such as this biskut lutut (RM5 for 4 pcs) - we call this "roti kok", something I had during my childhood. Great with a cup of coffee. There is also roti tumbuk (RM5) which is essentially crushed biskut lutut with dessicated coconut and brown sugar.

Inside, you will also find the Galleria, whereby you can see real artifacts from the past. At 3.30pm everyday (except Tuesday), you can also catch the Tin Story dance, which portrays the life and hard work of tin miners.

Watch this short video about the Lost World Tin Valley.

Dulang Tea House is open daily from 12pm to 6pm.

Other related posts from Lost World of Tambun:
Glamping at Lost World of Tambun
Zip line & kayaking - Lost World Adventure Park
Feeding the Giraffe at Lost World of Tambun
Lost World Tin Valley & Dulang Tea House
Lost World Hot Springs & Onsen Noodle House
Lost World Hotel - Super Suite

Lost World of Tambun is open on weekdays from 11am to 6pm; weekends, Public Holidays and School Holidays from 10am to 6pm. Closed every Tuesday except PH and SH.

Location: Lost World of Tambun, No.1 Persiaran Lagun Sunway 1, Sunway City Ipoh, 31150 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia (Parking RM1 per entry).

Tel: 05-542 8801/02

Website: https://sunwaylostworldoftambun.com/lost-world-tin-valley/

GPS Coordinates: 4.625842, 101.154697

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  1. If only they could have real live elephants! That would be more exciting. Oh? Telur goyang is what they call half-boiled/cooked egg?

    1. Hi. :)

      Telur goyang is Ipoh's rendition of soft boiled egg on toast.

  2. Looks so fun, Yen! I'm going there end of this month. Is spending there half day sufficient?

    1. Hi Melissa, I would recommend spending a full day there as there is simply so much to do! ;)


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