Penang, often referred to as the "Pearl of the Orient" is rich in natural beauty. The splendid culture of the region depicts a fine blend of Malaysian, Indian, Chinese and other European customs and traditions. It is renowned for offering some of the finest cuisines and has recently developed as the country's IT capital. George Town, the capital of Penang with its ultra-modern skyscrapers, religious places, colorful bazaars, restaurants and cafes is one of the leading tourist destinations in Malaysia.
The city with its several 19th century colonial buildings, mosques, churches and architectural marvels was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2008. The scenic beach resort of Batu Ferringhi with its miles of soft white sandy beaches and several restaurants that offers excellent Malaysian food is also a major tourist attraction. The Penang Butterfly Farm, Khoo Kongsi, Floating Mosque and Toy Museum are attractions not to be missed while on a tour to Penang.