"Ik hou van leuke plekken."
Translation:I like nice places.
Because the full version is ik houd. Though people are lazy pronouncing thing so informally it is accepted to use _ik hou.
In other words, in spoken language you'll mainly come across hou unless it's becomes fairly formal in which case it will be houd. In text it also depends on how formal the text is, though you'll come across houd more than in spoken language.