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Friday, January 27, 2012

TAIPING BEST KEPT SECRETS: FIREFLIES & WETLANDS

Taiping - the wettest town in Malaysia

Stroll around Taiping's breathtaking Lake Gardens. Century-old Raintrees mark the age of Taiping. Its 62-hectare park's history can be traced back to 1880 when Colonel E.S.F Walker envisioned of turning an ugly tin mining wasteland into Malaysia's most beautiful lake garden.

End the day with a boatcruise to experience the magical fireflies of Kampung Dew. If you have seen the fireflies of Kuala Selangor, wait till you see them in Kampung Dew - one of the hidden gems in Malaysia. Nature free of mankind's destruction is truly a wonder to behold!

Matang Mangrove Forest - single largest mangrove forest in Peninsular Malaysia

Do you know a mangrove forest is the best natural defence against tsunami?

Situated 15 minutes from Taiping town, it has been acknowledged to be the best managed mangrove forest in the country. Comprising of 19 fully gazetted forest reserves, Matang mangrove is an exemplary sustainably-managed mangrove forest which has successfully balanced nature conservation and the demand for wood resources. Its location between land and sea plays an important role in fisheries, coastal protection and conservation of biodiversity of both flora and fauna.

Truly, Matang is a national heritage asset, for it provides numerous renewable products of commerce and consistently generates economic opportunities for the local communities. The mangrove interpretative walk will be conducted by a Perak State Forestry Department officer.

Making Charcoal from Mangrove

While learning about charcoal production, savour smoked sweet potatoes using charcoal fresh from the kiln...

Firewood was the earliest and most exploited resources to be derived from Matang Mangrove Forest. It was due to its high value and demand at that time that the mangrove forests in Matang were gazetted as forest reserves. The charcoal manufacture industry in Matang started off in 1930 and from a humble beginning, it grew into the largest and most lucrative industry utilizing mangrove timber. 



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Contact John Chan at chankokaik@gmail.com 

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