When it comes to a short-but-sweet trip to remember, Kuala Kubu Bharu will not disappoint. Situated at the foothills of the Titiwangsa Range, Kuala Kubu Bharu is surrounded by breathtaking nature that will transport you into a state of tranquillity the very moment you set foot in town. From jaw-dropping views to adrenaline-pumping rides and activities, get ready to be taken over by its old-town charm.
Historically, the town was widely known for its active tin-mining since the 1870s. Some labelled Kuala Kubu Bharu as ‘the town that refused to die’ after famously surviving a massive flood that hit in 1883. Originally known as Kuala Kubu, the town was rebuilt after surviving said flood and renamed as Kuala Kubu Bharu in 1883, with the addition of ‘Bharu’, which translates to ‘new’ into its name.
Kuala Kubu Bharu was designed in 1925 by the first British Federated Malay States and is known as Asia’s first garden township, also notable for being an important water catchment area in Selangor.
Despite being a small town, Kuala Kubu Bharu is laced with rich history and culture, as seen reflected in its heritage buildings that are still standing stall to this day. While you’re here, spot Instagram-worthy street art vibrantly painted along the walls of these heritage buildings, telling the story and history of Kuala Kubu Bharu, as well as other exciting and wondrous things the town has to offer. A little known fact – Kuala Kubu Bharu also offers a variety of eco-tourism activities that are worth checking out.
Much to one’s surprise, Kuala Kubu Bharu does not only impress with its endless breath-taking views and nature’s bounty, but also offers a selection of adrenaline-pumping activities waiting to be experienced.
Step up to the challenge of taking on the toughest paragliding and water rafting activities in Malaysia or choose to swim at the waterfalls, stargaze at the Selangor Dam and enjoy a lovely picnic at Taman Rekreasi Alur Lempah and many more.
Also, don’t miss out on visiting historical monuments around Kuala Kubu Bharu that will take you back in time. Some highlights include The King George VI Memorial Clock Tower, an unmistakable landmark situated at the front of the Hulu Selangor Land/District Office and the old fire station, which was designed with a neo-classical theme that was built in 1931 and is used as the Hulu Selangor Tourism Information Centre today.
For a fascinating exploration of the rich history of Kuala Kubu Bharu, be sure to visit Galeri Seni Sejarah and arrange a visit by appointment in advance.
Nestled deep within the forest grounds of northeast Selangor, Sungai Chilling Waterfall offers nothing short of a stunning view. From its crystal clear waters to a magnificent boulder shaped like a Chinese guardian lion, this three-tiered waterfall, which stretches over three storeys high and creates a shroud of mist as the water comes gushing down is definitely a sight to behold.
For those who do not wish to get wet but still want to take in the experience and bask in the views of Sungai Chilling Waterfall, there is an option to take the suspension bridge that goes all the way across the river.
Not only can visitors swim in the river, but are also encouraged to walk along the riverbank and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere surrounding the waterfalls. Bring along a picnic basket filled with your favourite snacks and set up a picnic date by the waterfall for a memorable day out.
This 1,050-metre high hill is located along the trunk road close to Kuala Kubu Bharu. Once known as Treacher’s Hill, Bukit Kutu is exceptionally popular among locals and tourists alike. As you hike to the top of the hill, you will be greeted by the stunning views of the Titiwangsa mountain range as well as the Kuala Kubu Bharu Dam. There is, however, a small fee of RM5 to hike up Bukit Kutu (prices are subject to change. Visit the official website for price confirmation). To get a permit to hike, simply download and print out and fill in the application form.
Download the permit application form here. After finishing the necessary paperwork, the permit must be handed over to the forestry department in Rawang, also referred to as the Jabatan Perhutananan Negeri Selangor.
The average time it takes to scale Bukit Kutu is approximately 2 to 4 hours, depending on the individual's fitness levels. Starting at the Orang Asli Village at the foothill, visitors will also have the rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of some of the more modern-looking Aboriginal homes along the graceful Sungai Pertak River and more.
This is dedicated to all the adrenaline junkies out there. Kuala Kubu Bharu offers a thrilling paragliding experience where you get to take flight and soak in all of the wonders surrounding the town from a bird’s eye view. Safely glide through the air in the company of pilots with over 10 years of experience under their belts to ensure your journey is smooth-sailing.
For more information, please visit KKB Paragliding Park’s website.
Alternatively, sign up for an exciting adventure of white water rafting along the Hulu Selangor River. Beginning near the famous Selangor Dam, this experience features steepness levels between 4-6 coupled with a sense of excitement through an exciting drift during the ride. While on board, you’ll also get to take in the beautiful views along the river banks from a completely different perspective.
Think no further if you wish to enjoy your stay for a few days in Kuala Kubu Bharu to properly enjoy all the charms of this small town as accommodation options aplenty.
A private and comfortable home, Woodhouse offers guests tropical landscape views of Kuala Kubu Bharu. Spend a few days taking in the fresh air from private forest reserves and mountain ranges at Woodhouse, while you relax in the rejuvenating infinity pool. During the day, guests are encouraged to enjoy the great outdoors with nature as its beautiful backdrop at the verandah of the Woodhouse.
Find out more about the Woodhouse here
Also located in IO Home is Skyvilla. This hilltop villa offers a similar experience to Woodhouse but with a twist. At the Skyvilla, you can enjoy the comfort of a Hammock Bed, where you can lounge freely amongst the trees as you are cradled in a hammock, which is suspended in the air. While you’re here, spoil yourself with a floating breakfast as you start your day with a dip in the pool.
Find out more about Skyvilla here
Nestled within the Malaysian jungle and located just a stone's throw away from the city of Kuala Lumpur, The Sticks promises the ultimate relaxation. Offering an off-grid glamping experience with 12 one-of-a-kind houses, guests can unwind from a hectic week and rest in the snug beds and plush duvets. To fully appreciate the beauty of the starry night sky, guests can spend the night swaying in comfortable hammocks under the stars. Guests can also rent a boat to float down the serene river. Multiple activities are also available at The Sticks including white water rafting and short treks along the jungle for visitors who crave a little adventure during their stay.
Find out more about The Sticks here
Simply put, Kuala Kubu Bharu is a special town packed with lesser-known gems that are truly impressive as they are restorative for the soul. With a host of adventures on offer to its spectacular views and charming sights, you’ll be remiss not to have Kuala Kubu Bharu on your travel list!
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