Kuala Kangsar, a small town located 42 KM from Ipoh is known as the centre of historical part of Perak Royalties, hence hold the title of ‘the royal town’.
The sultanate system of Perak is unique compared to other states in Malaysia. Their system is said to has taken from the great Malacca empire.
If you are into #histourism, Kuala Kangsar should be your first stop.
Located 240 km from Kuala Lumpur, there are 3 options to reach here; by bus, drive your own car or quicker and faster options, the Electric Train System (ETS) which operated by KTM from KL Sentral or any KTM station throughout the country.
Ps : Some train might not stop at all station, but you can always check at KTMB official website for the timing and station.
Bus – RM 27 from Kuala Lumpur. You need to take from either Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) to Kuala Kangsar bus station.
Drive – Just took a ride using the PLUS highway to the north, and take Exit 143 - Kuala Kangsar Exit.
Train (ETS) – RM 45 (ETS Gold) KL Sentral to Kuala Kangsar train station, and 3 hours it will take you around
Where To Stay ?
If you are looking somewhere around the town, there is a few options, but we highly recommended you to stay at Labu Kubong Homestay, in Labu Kubong where you can get the best of Kuala Kangsar historical sites, as well as their nature and cultural experiences.
Wake up every morning by the serenade of the birds, morning breeze and cold fog surrounded by paddy field!
In Labu Kubong, there is few cultural and daily village-style experience awaiting to be discovered. Take a ride using a tram provided by the homestay or just request for the bike and explore the area on your own.
There is the stingless bee farm where you can take a sip of honey direct from the bee hive of kelulut bee. Before that, you can visit a golok making master as well as paper handicraft. Get ready to be crafty as you can experience yourself making a golok, a type of machete used by the local daily to cut down a tree or during the old time, and was used as a weapon besides the keris and so on.
If you are keen to learn the paper craft, you can do it after or before the golok making since they are actually a husband and wife, and they are offering the experience at their own house compound.
Other than that, you can also see the demonstration of making ‘bedak sejuk’ a local type of powder or asam keping, one of the ingredients to make laksa.
In the evening, take a stroll to the nearest tali air, and you can have a dive, or you can also walk to the nearby river. But, if you want to do as the locals kids do, you can try playing or swimming in the tali air safely.
The Next Day
Wake up early to enjoy the senerenity. Before checking out. Then take a ride to the town to explore Kuala Kangsar town.
There are few important places that you want to be such as Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah, Istana Kuning, Masjid Ubudiah and all these places located around the Bukit Candan Palace (Istana Iskandariah), where the King and Queen of Perak resides, or you can go to see the Victoria Bridge.
If you have the time, you can have a sip of cendol or any other delicious ‘streetfood’ at the Laksa and Cendol Food Court that located nearby the palace before taking the train back to Kuala Lumpur.