A successful entertainment industry figure, Ng Ping Ho is now making an impact in Malaysia’s hospitality scene with a duo of on-trend hotels in Kuala Lumpur

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Ng Ping Ho is a former screenwriter, director and producer turned successful hotelier who is responsible for hip backpacker hostel BackHome and KLoé, a first-of-its-kind boutique hotel aimed at creative nomads.

A graduate of Central St Martins college, London, before Ng shifted into the hospitality industry, he was best known as the creator and writer of the Malaysian hit television series Kopitiam. Leaving TV production, he was inspired to turn a row of heritage shophouses in downtown Kuala Lumpur, owned by his father, into a chic, contemporary backpackers’ hostel.

A refreshing departure from the dingy hostels in the area, BackHome was an instant hit among travellers for its simple yet highly valued luxuries. Ng later opened a café, LOKL Coffee, on the ground floor of BackHome, which grew into a popular brunch spot in the city among locals.

In early 2020, he unveiled his latest project, KLoé, a 80-room boutique hotel located in Bukit Bintang that inspires creativity, promotes a slow-living lifestyle and aims to bring together creative-minded travellers. Inclusive of five artists’ lofts, KLoé is the first creative stayover in Malaysia where the rooms cater for guests to paint, write, cook or simply be inspired.

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Ng is married to actress and TV presenter Cheryl Samad, and together they have two daughters.  

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