You do not have to pay. The entrance is free. After two turns, you will see some buildings, which are under construction.
There is plenty of parking lots and a toilet. At this parking place starts the boardwalk that leads you through the mangrove forest.
Everything is still in development, you'll see no tourists.
There are some houses along the path, which are not in use, but it can be. Probably they will be hired by nature lovers in the future.
Like all mangrove swamps, the Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve has been proven to act as a natural barrier against tsunamis. Undoubtedly, it is an important site for coastal migratory water birds and a portion of migrant forest birds. As many as 43,000 to 85,000 birds may be seen using the forest during the migration. According to some ornithologists, there is a small population of rare and shy Great Argus Pheasant (Argusianus argus), known locally by the Malays as Kuang, that stays close to the ground and makes short flights to low hanging branches of the mangrove trees. These large birds make a characteristic sound in the mangrove forests with two main calls – a repeated slow double note ku-wow ku-wow and a series of single hoots kwow kwow kwow kwow accelerating and rising in pitch.
Mangrove Forest Reserve is also regarded as the breeding grounds for numerous species of marine crustaceans including crabs, shrimps, lobsters, horseshoe crabs and prawns as well as fishes and shellfishes.
We stayed in the Flemington Hotel *** in Taiping. A clean, well-located hotel in Lake Gardens (Taman Tasik). Easy to find.
You can visit the following attractions, when you stay a night in Taiping:
- Bukit Merah
- zoo Night Safari in Taiping
- the Lake Gardens in Taiping
- Bukit Larut (2 km from the hotel)
- the Mangrove Forest Reserve in Kuala Sepetang
- river cruise at Kuala Sepetang to see the white dolphins
- a charcoal factory in Kuala Sepetang
- Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary
- fireflies in Kampong Dew
Nestled in Taiping, this eco-friendly property rests amidst a breathtaking lake and garden. Featuring a refreshing ambiance from its beautiful surrounding, Flemington Hotel is tailored to cater to both business and leisure travelers. Boasting modern and elegantly designed rooms, Flemington Hotel is fitted with up-to-date furnishings and boasts all standard amenities needed for utmost comfort. Since there are a variety of room styles available, Flemington Hotel is also perfect for singles, couples, or even group stays. For leisure, guests have a variety of dining options and a bar on-site. Flemington Hotel is a well appointed and modern property suitable for all.
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