The capital of Penang, George Town is one of two Malaysian cities on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, having conserved its colonial British heritage from the end of the 18th century. Due to its strategic location on the Straits of Malacca, Penang was a key conduit between East and West. The Peranakan population, or Straits-Chinese, a result of inter-marriage between the immigrant Chinese and local Malay, has left a legacy in terms of architecture, food, dress and culture. Chinese wealth also played a part — just look at the temples, clan jetties, assembly halls and mansions that give this place its character. Penang has a reputation for its mouth-watering hawker fare; travellers shouldn’t leave without trying Penang laksa, char kway teow, rojak and curry noodles.