Kuala Kangsar is the royal town of Perak, located 24km north of Taiping. The Sultan of the state resides here in a grand palace. Located at the confluence of Perak and Kangsar rivers, the town is mostly a rural Malay heartland, but peppered with heritage buildings and regal monuments. Some of the attractions to see include palaces, museums, memorials, bridges and rustic villages.
Kuala Kangsar has rich history; the first rubber tree in Malaysia was planted here (which still stands at town today). Also, it hosted the first conference of rulers (Durbar) in 1897 while the first British Resident of Malaya James Birch was installed in Kuala Kangsar. Finally, the town has a vibrant cottage industry known for its 'Labu Sayong', a traditional engraved clay jar of Malay origin.