Kuala Lipis was a gold-mining center before the British arrived in 1887. In 1898 it became the capital of Pahang until 1953.
During this time, grand colonial buildings, such as the imposing District Offices and the Clifford School, and the Pahang Club were built. The hilltop house of the British Resident is now a hotel and museum.
The town grew and prospered with the coming of the railway in 1924. However, in August 1955, the state capital was shifted to Kuantan, and Kuala Lipis fell into a decline. It is now a sleepy and picturesque town with reminders of a once important past.
A train station operated by Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) is located near Jalan Pekeliling which is the main road of Kuala Lipis. From the town, you can take a bus or cab for 30 minutes journey to Tanjung Kiara Jetty. From here you can either walk (trekking) for about one and half hour to base camp or take a 4 wheel drive for only 20 minutes. Activities: There are several activities can be done at this park such as caveing, jungle trekking, night walking, hill climbing, birds and animals observation.
The current Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Tun Razak was born in Kuala Lipis. On Dec 28 2014 Najib Tun Razak visited the flood evacuation centre at the Sekolah Kebangsaan Clifford amidst flood-affected areas.
Malaysian pop diva Siti Nurhaliza was also born here. Her family still lives in Kuala Lipis and the house she built for them became the talk of town as it was rumoured to cost millions of ringgit. It has now become a tourist attraction. The town council even provided directions to the house on a signboard and made parking space for tour buses available near the house. During her wedding in 2007, her wedding reception for friends and fans here was made an official function for the whole town by the council.