Previously I wrote about all the wonderful architecture in Taiping. However, we were pleasantly surprised by all the nice green spaces and plentiful wildlife in the area as well. The Lake Garden is a beautiful park located in the heart of Taiping with numerous paths weaving through it. On the ring road surrounding the park old trees tower over the road forming a light, airy tunnel sheltering passersby.
While strolling through the park, we encountered several animals roaming about. There were massive monitor lizards sunning themselves and strolling along the grounds. The shear size of them made me feel like I was back in Florida with alligators lounging about the water. In the trees, we could hear plenty of varied bird calls, but I was only able to track down a beautiful kingfisher long enough to capture it with my camera.
Another unique natural setting near Taiping is the Matang Mangrove Forest. It’s located a few miles outside of Taiping, in the town of Kuala Sepetang. You do have to pay an entrance fee for this park, but it’s a wonderful walk with quite a bit of wildlife. At first it might not seem like there is anything to be seen but the trees. However, if you truly take your time, stand still, and really focus your senses on the forest you will start to notice all the movement around you. Just by standing still on the boardwalk we were able to notice the small crabs scurrying around. The small mudskippers making their trails through the mud, as well as the small colorful birds flitting between the branches.
While we definitely enjoyed the food and architecture during our time in Taiping, the abundance of nature and wildlife made it truly unique and may draw us back in the future.