Kuala Kubu Bharu is a charming little town at the foothills of Bukit Fraser in Hulu Selangor. A popular stopover for visitors heading up to Fraser's Hill or Sungai Chiling, there are many local eateries to explore offering culinary delicacies along with historical buildings, countryside scenery and even a hot spring. Dubbed 'KKB' by locals, the town began life as a mining colony in the 18th Century.
Later, it housed a fortress built by warring Sultans during a civil war before falling into colonial hands. KKB was originally situated between two tributaries of the Selangor River (Ampang Pecah), but a massive flood in 1883 wiped out the entire town along with the life of District Magistrate Sir Cecil Ranking. The town was then moved to its present location on hilly terrain to prevent further tragic recurrences.
Today, getting there is easy for visitors travelling to Fraser's Hill from the North-South Highway route or Rawang, located along the access route about 30km away from the Gap. Framed by a backdrop of rainforest and hills, heritage shophouses from colonial days mingle alongside clusters of traditional houses - Life here is unhurried, pleasant and peaceful, unfettered by the constraints of modern living.
Walking around town and admiring its architectural landscape, little has changed from the colonial era in pace of life. Some tourist activities include exploring Guan Yin Gu See Temple, recreational walks at Taman Millenium Park, dipping in a hot spring and paragliding while Sungai Selangor Dam and Sungai Pertak lie in the outskirts.