Matang Mangrove Forest, is a 40,000-hectare forest which is gazetted as the largest mangrove forest reserve in Malaysia. Today, it is known as the best managed sustainable mangrove ecosystem in the world. This mangrove reserve contains opulent and diverse wildlife that provide nature doters to visit and explore its wetlands and resources. Like all mangrove swamps, the Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve has been proven to act as a natural fences against tidal waves. You can stroll along the wooden boardwalk and observe forestry and fishing activities and denizens that thrive in the muddy mangrove floor.
Stopover at the mangrove forest and charcoal furnace sites which are originate more domestic. Other than fishing, bird watching is the prime activity in the morning while at night get a boat ride to see harmonized flashing lights of fireflies of Pteroptyx species on Berembang trees or Sonneratia caseolaris. Be the lucky one to witness the Chinese White Dolphin (Sousa chinensis), also known as the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin, swimming along the river-mouths. This dolphin is one of the 2 known species of pink freshwater dolphins found in the world. If you go further to the sea, you may also be fortunate enough to see dugongs (Dugong dugon) swimming near the river deltas.
According to the Perak State Forestry Department, in the Matang Mangrove Forest there are:
- 28 true mangrove species and 13 associate mangrove species;
- 19 mammals such as the Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis), Leopard Cat (Felis bengalensis), Malayan Pangolin (Manis javanica), Smooth Otter (Lutra perspicillata), Short-tailed Mongoose (Herpestes brachyurus) and Island Flying Fox (Pteropus hypomelanus);
- at least 155 species of birds including the Great Argus Pheasant (Argusianus argus), Buffy Fish Owl (Ketupa ketupu), Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans), the rare Bronzed Drongo (Dicrurus aeneus) and the Mangrove Whistler (Pachycephala grisola);
- a species of river dolphin, i.e. the Chinese White Dolphin (Sousa chinensis);
- 112 species of modern bony fishes and 3 species of stingrays;
- and about 50 species of crabs and 20 species of prawns and shrimps, both edible and non-edible. (credit to Perak State Forestry Department)
HOW TO GO
The Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve is located near Taiping, so if by car, use the North-South Highway and exit through the Changkat Jering or the Taiping Utara tolls. From Kuala Lumpur, it takes 3 hours, from Ipoh slightly more than an hour and similarly from Penang it is an hour drive.
By Public Transport
Since there is taxi service available in the town of Taiping, tourists can also catch a bus from Kuala Lumpur, Penang or Ipoh to this town. From here, get onto a taxi and go to Matang Nature Education Centre or the Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary or Kampung Dew.
WHERE TO EAT
Prawn mee is a specialty of this region especially at Kampung Dew. Among them is the Warung Makteh Mee Banjir Udang which is located just before the Chuah’s Charcoal Factory about 2 kilometres from the Matang Mangrove Forest. Another stall is the Mak Jah Mee Udang. Both of them also serve specially prepare curry mee. Around this region, there are several Chinese shops serving an assortment of seafood cuisines and seafood porridge.
WHAT TO BRING ALONG
- Bring along cameras and telescopic lens.
- Carry binoculars for bird watching and monkey spotting.
- Guide books to identify mangrove mammals and birds.
- Headlights or torches for night activities.
- Toiletries and towels.
- Wear multi-functional shoes.
- Insect repellent spray (which must be environmental friendly).
- For campers, bring along own camping gears and tents.
Terms & Conditions
1. Displayed price is excluding 6% GST
2. For any unused tickets, no further re-validation will be allowed.
3. Customer must produce e-voucher for the above product in order to redeem their entrance ticket.
4. Booking must be made 5 days before arrival.