Tourists Might Skip Penang To Visit Lonely Planet's Favourite Malaysian State Next Year

Road trip, anyone? :D

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Step aside, Penang. One of the most trusted travel guides in the world has declared another Malaysians state as one of 2017's must-visit regions!

The state of Perak has earned a spot in popular travel site Lonely Planet's list of top regions to visit in its 'Best in Travel 2017' series, citing the "bloom of vintage-style cafes and boutiques" in the historic city of Ipoh

The interior of Sekeping Kong Heng.

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"The nucleus of this old-meets-new makeover is Kong Heng Block, surrounding the imaginative Sekeping Kong Heng hotel," Lonely Planet wrote.

"Here, cheerful joints like Roquette Cafe, Burps & Giggles and Bits & Bobs pull a vibrant crowd to shop, dawdle and slurp ais kepal (ice balls) in this historic neighbourhood."

Pulau Pangkor also received a notable mention, highlighting the nature walks and village tours offered by guesthouse owners and tour guides on the island

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"In this sunbather’s paradise, an emerging focus on wildlife is a breath of fresh, sea air," the site wrote.

Perak is also the only Asian destination to be included in the list! Check out the full list below:

1. Choquequirao, Peru
2. Taranaki, New Zealand
3. The Azores, Portugal
4. North Wales, UK
5. South Australia
6. Aysén, Chile
7. The Tuamotus, French Polynesia
8. Coastal Georgia, USA
9. Perak, Malaysia
10. The Skellig Ring, Ireland

Earlier this year, Ipoh made it to Lonely Planet's 'Best In Asia 2016' list:

If you ever find yourself in the Perak capital, check out these charming stays and vintage-style cafe grub:

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