Penang, also known as the pearl of the orient, is one of the most popular island destinations of Malaysia. The island is especially known as the best place to enjoy tasty local dishes; often referred to as the food capital of Malaysia. Penang is a vibrant island with its capital, George Town, having the rare distinction of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a real melting pot of cultures with its blend of Eastern and Western influences. Retaining many of the values adopted during its era of British rule, Penang bears a charm that is unique to itself.