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Kuala Kubu Bharu

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Kuala Kubu Bharu (also spelled Kuala Kubu Baru, Kuala Kubu Bahru, Kuala Kubu Baharu etc), affectionately known as KKB by the locals, is a town in the north of Selangor, Malaysia.


Kuala Kubu Bharu is also known as ‘KKB’. It is a small town at the foothill of Fraser’s Hill. It’s the mining industry that this little town started in the 18th century. There was a town called Kuala Kubu nearby. In February 1883 the Kuala Kubu town was destroyed by a great flood caused by a broken dam near the town. Many civilians drowned or lost their home. The flood victims included a district officer of Kuala Kubu during the British era named Sir Cecil Ranking. The old town was severely flooded and most of the old town's facilities were damaged beyond repair. A Buddhist temple and a mosque survived the flood. The old town has since been known as Ampang Pecah, or Broken Dam in the Malay language as shown in the photo. The tragedy was probably known as Tragedi Kuala Kubu by local civilians. After the tragedy, the British government decided to build a new town near the remains of Kuala Kubu. The new town was named Kuala Kubu Bharu, with Bharu meaning "new" in the Malay language.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

In January 2008, Kuala Lumpur's KTM Komuter trains were extended to Kuala Kubu Bharu, making this the easiest way to get here on public transport. Note that you will have to change trains at Rawang; the shuttle service from Rawang to Tanjung Malim via KKB runs every one hour and takes 25 minutes.

By bus[edit]

To/From Kuala Lumpur: Bus services are somewhat inconvenient but not impossible. Take a Metrobus bus (destination "Rawang") from Kuala Lumpur's Puduraya bus terminal or outside the Sinar Kota building on Jalan Tun Perak to Rawang town. At Rawang, switch to Metrobus No.36 (destination "Tanjung Malim"). It will stop by Kuala Kubu Bharu along the way. Alternatively, there are also MARA Liner buses to Tanjung Malim, which also stop by Kuala Kubu Bharu. With the opening of the KTM Komuter service to KKB, it is more convenient and less stressful to catch the train.

By road[edit]

Kuala Kubu Bharu is about 5km off the Kuala Lumpur-Ipoh old trunk road (Federal Route One), along the road to Fraser's Hill and Raub in Pahang (Federal Route 55). The nearest interchange to exit if you are using the North-South Expressway is Rawang if you are travelling from the south, and Tanjung Malim if you are coming from the north. At both exits, you will have to travel along the old trunk road to get to Kuala Kubu Bharu. The roads are well signboarded.

It is about 60km from Kuala Lumpur and 40km from Fraser's Hill.

Get around[edit]

Other than by your own car, bus or KTM train you can also get around KKB by:

Taxi: This service is mainly provided by privates so don't expect a taxi meter. The taxis are usually located at the bus stop or at the KTM station. Just for reference a ride up to Fraser's Hill is around RM80 while a ride to the Sungai Selangor Dam is RM15 go and return. From the KTM station to KKB town the price is relatively fixed at RM5.

On foot: KKB is a small town. Everything in the town centre is accessible by foot. Around the town centre there are various Hindu, Taoist and Buddhist temples which are also accessible by foot. Near the golf course there is an Aborigine village named Kampung Tun Razak. The residential areas around KKB are very scenic and provide great opportunities for bird watching and photography. The forest, dam and rivers are not easily accessible by foot. A mountain bike is recommended.

By Bike: A bicycle is ideal if you stay in KKB. You can rent one at the Flying Rhino Guesthouse [1] (be sure you reserve in advance especially on weekends). Many Aborigine villages, rivers, waterfalls and the dam are all reachable by mountain bike. If you are fit enough then you can bike all the way up to Fraser’s Hill or stop half way up at the Gap.

Contrary to what has been said on KKB, the town is quite lively. Shops close quite late and there is even a 24 hour restaurant.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Sungai Selangor Dam. Get a view of the dam on you drive up to Fraser's Hill - make a stop over at the Splash Information Centre. For directions to get there, look for the first visible sight of the dam when you are driving from the town of Kuala Kubu Baru towards Fraser's Hill. Keep an eye out on the left side of the road for the Splash Information Centre. Ample parking is available.

At this new & modern information centre with air condition and great views of the dam, you will also find pertinent information on how the dam came about. Worth a stop over if you are in Kuala Kubu Baru.

  • Sungai Sendat waterfall . A large waterfall recreation park
  • Ulu Kalong hot spring. A hot spring in a palmoil plantation. Hard to find.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Hike to the Chiling Waterfall. Visiting this waterfall requires some hiking and river crossing. Recommended for the adventurous. Proper footwear is advised e.g. sandals with ankle straps. It takes about 45 minutes to reach the waterfall, longer if you stop along the way to take photos or enjoy the flora and fauna and the river. To get there, look out for the steel bridge on the way to Fraser's Hill. Pass the bridge & park on the left side of the road with a small clearing. It is advisable to remove all valuables & secure your car as there have been reports of cars being broken into. Cross the road and look for the trek that will lead you to the waterfall. The trek is great for novices but unsuitable for the "not so sure-footed." Caution: It is strongly advised not to trek during a rainy day, especially after rain, as water levels can rise rapidly. Especially be very careful when it rains at the top of the hills. It might not be rain at the place where you are but if it rains on top of the hills, then don't even go near the river bank. It is very very dangerous as you might not even know when the water would rise and it rises very fast with very rapid flow. It also brings in the debris from the hills. There had been incidents of visitors being swept away and drown by strong current after rain.

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Everything you will be needing is available in the town. The Town it self is quite small. It would only take you 40 mins to tour the whole town.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Kuala Kubu Bharu foods, perhaps is early in the morning. In KKB, there is only one morning market, where you can see some selections of fresh vegetables and local delights.

Try to get there as early as 7AM to 9AM, as the small malay shops selling locals delicacies suc as, roti canai, murtabak, popia, and no to miss the great lontong and soto. The small shop, is located exactly at the market area, in front of Maybank and besides the KKb bus stations. The service is very good, as the it is a family runs business, so you can expect, flows of generations and stories been passed on.

If going for any Chinese food, go try these:

  • Chow Zhou Hawker stall located opposite of the 24hrs mamak stall, try the fire curry powder brinjal, taufu fish and most of all the hokkien fry mee, plus also the Chow Zhou porridge.
  • Wong Ng Kee Restaurant, try the Loh Mee (home made mee), hokkien mee and fried rice.
  • Sun Sun Nam Cheong Restauran, 8, jalan Mat Kilau KKB. Hainanese Chicken chop and hainan mee are must try food.  edit
  • Restaurant Xin Yuen Kee, The Ulu Yam Loh Mee is here! The hokkien mee is nice too. And MUST try the delicious fish cake!

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

There is a hotel situated right behind Maybank. Reasonable price and the rooms are clean. Since there is only 1 hotel availble, it is better to make arrangements early.

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