Kuala Kubu Baru

One of Malaysia's most charming, laid-back towns

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What we say: 4 stars

KKB, as it is generally known, was founded in 1883 after the original town of Kuala Kubu was swept away by a massive flood.

Many people died in the tragedy, including the British district officer, Cecil Ranking. Virtually the only surviving building from the original town is a Buddhist temple, which was refurbished in the 1980s.

It all sounds very dramatic, but KKB is anything but these days, which is not to suggest the town is deadly dull or anything. It may not have any must-see sights, but it is a perfect place to potter round and take a break from city life. This is particularly true if you like traditional Chinese shophouses and other remnants of life in colonial Malaya.

The town was recently linked to the KTM Komuter rail network, making it even easier to visit from KL. It's necessary to change trains at Rawang, and get one of the hourly shuttles towards Tanjung Malim. Taxis into town should cost five ringgit. KKB can be combined easily with a road trip to Fraser's Hill, but no public transport links the two settlements any more.

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