Seamlessly blending into its surrounds, Malihom stands as a fine example of non-intrusive architecture amidst nature. Organic materials like salvaged wood make up the estate’s building blocks while recycled objects such as old railway tracks are used as supporting beams. Armed with ample experience
in their respective careers as a contractor and an architect, the couple who own Malihom spent seven long years building the 40-acre estate for their many daughters and grandchildren. Fortunately for vacationers, this little piece of paradise opened to the public in 2009.
Aptly named ‘house of fragrant rice’ in Thai, Malihom provides its guests with a truly unique experience – how often does one get to reside inside repurposed rice barns? These unique guest chalets, each equipped with a private garden or deck, offer million-dollar views of Penang Island and durian estates.
Jalan Balik Pulau, Balik Pulau (+6012 428 5191/+604 261 0190/www.malihom. com). From RM540 for bed and breakfast; top up for full lodging and transfers to and from town.