When it comes to travel, there's plenty to explore in our own backyard. In the first part of this travel series, we take a closer look at where to stay and what to do in the northern region of Peninsula Malaysia

Where To Stay:

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Above Pangkor Laut Resort.

The Datai Langkawi, Kedah

With the forest at your doorstep, the 25-year-old Datai Langkawi recently underwent a complete makeover which hasn’t diluted its charm as a utopia of relaxation and solitude. A new addition to the resort is the Datai Estate Villa designed by Didier Lefort and boasts five bedrooms, two connecting pools and a gym.

Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Perak

Discover massive natural caves and gaze upon ancient limestone hills at this retreat just minutes from Ipoh city centre. Besides soaking in pools fed by natural hot spring and yoga in a steam cave, one can also dine at an award-winning restaurant in a limestone cave, Jeff’s Cellar.

Pangkor Laut Resort, Perak

Loved by world-renowned celebrities from Helen Mirren to Joan Collins, Pangkor Laut Resort, which is also renowned for its Spa Village that features a unique pre-spa ritual based on bathing traditions from around Asia.

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