Travelling Guide to Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor

A drive down to Kuala Kubu Bharu, also known as the “sleepy town,” will greet you with mountain backdrops, lush greenery, and historical buildings. Back in 1883, Kuala Kubu was a well-known tin mining settlement before a storm broke the dam, flooding and destroying the entire town. However, it was rebuilt again in the nineteenth century – the town was renamed Kuala Kubu Bharu – and has since become a popular tourist destination with a variety of activities.

If you plan to visit Kuala Kubu Bharu in the near future, continue reading this article to learn more about travelling in Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor.

Where to Stay

1. Sarang by the Brook

Cozy, TV-free rooms built from shipping containers provide balconies or patios, in addition to en-suite bathrooms, tea and coffeemaking facilities, and air conditioning. Family rooms add bunk beds.

2. Hillside Batu Retreat

The villa is on a private hill, where security and privacy are ensured. It is designed with an open concept and the house is sitting on the hillside. The house consists of living area, 3 bedrooms with door locks, 2 bathroom, 2 washrooms, kitchen equipped with cookware and dining table, barbeque area with tools and charcoal, balcony, and swimming pool (shared with neighbours).

3. Woodhouse Retreat

Woodhouse Retreat is a private and rustic sky villa that’s perfect for large family getaways. Equipped with a kitchen that includes cookware, a separate living and dining area and a barbecue pit, you’ll even find a washing machine and most of your basic day-to-day items like shampoos and shower gels.

4. Pulaithree Retreat

Pulaithree Retreat is nestled in the heart of a rainforest on a private hill in Kuala Kubu Bharu. With its lush surroundings and peaceful environment, it may come as a surprise that this retreat is only a 1-hour drive away from Kuala Lumpur which makes it an ideal spot if you’re just looking for a quick weekend getaway or staycation.

Things to Do

1. Kuala Kubu Bharu Art and History Gallery

Discover the history of Kuala Kubu Bharu. Read about Kuala Kubu Bharu’s history and the city beneath another city. Some paintings and artefacts on display tell the story of how Kuala Kubu Bharu got its name and the stories behind it.

2. Kuala Kubu Bharu Hot Spring

A little-known hot spring in Kuala Kubu Bharu’s Taman Arif area. It is a simple spring with a single concrete-lined pool and a subdivided section where the spring emerges. The water is hot, but not unbearably so.

3. Sungai Chiling Fish Sanctuary


The Chiling Waterfalls and Santuari Ikan Sungai Chiling (Mahseer Fish Sanctuary), often referred to as Selangor’s most beautiful waterfall, are located just over an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur. An enjoyable jungle trek takes visitors through streams and rivers, past exotic plants such as wild orchids and bamboo, before arriving at the signature 80-meter waterfall overlooking a tranquil lagoon.

4. Water Rafting Selangor River

It’s a beautiful river forest with clear, cool water. Water rafting in Sungai Selangor takes about 3 – 4 hours, depending on the water level and the size of the group. Traveling by car from Kuala Lumpur takes about an hour.

Food Hunting Spot

1. Teng Wun Bakery & Confectionery (Kaya Puffs & Durian Cakes)

Since 1979, this iconic bakery in the heart of Kuala Kubu Bharu has been attracting tourists and locals alike with its famous kaya puffs. Aside from kaya puffs, they also serve pastries and cakes, such as their delectable durian cake.

Address: 15, Jalan Dato Muda Jaafar

2. Yogi Café

This cosy café serves Western favourites like chicken chop, fish and chips, and pasta, as well as Asian favourites like nasi paprik, sizzling yee mee, and asam laksa. This café also serves a variety of tasty thirst quenchers to accompany your meal, such as smoothies, bubble tea, and coconut shake.

Address: 14, Jalan Mat Kilau, Pekan Kuala Kubu Bharu

3. Ninety Eight Restaurant

Order a variety of dishes prepared in various Chinese cooking styles and share a meal with your loved ones in a family-style setting. Pineapple pork ribs, grilled squid, and crab porridge are all fan favourites.

Address: 33 & 34, Jalan Dato Balai, Kampung Tun Abdul Razak

4. Nagu Curry House

This restaurant serves authentic South Indian cuisine for breakfast and lunch. Begin your day with some hot, fluffy thosai and sambar, coconut, and tomato chutney. Lunchtime favourites include nasi campur with a variety of curries, vegetables, and other dishes like chicken, fish, and mutton.

Address: 24, Jalan Mat Kilau, Kampung Tun Abdul Razak

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