Penang or its Malay name of Pulau Pinang is made up of a turtle-shaped island and a strip of land called Seberang Prai on Peninsular Malaysia about 48 kilometers wide. The island is joined to the mainland by the Penang Bridge, one of the longest bridges in the world. Alternatively, travellers arriving from the mainland can hop onto the ferry and take a 20-minute ride across. There are also international flights that connect directly to the international airport on the island. The town's preserved buildings and its broad and harmonious mix of cultures earned it UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2007, a title it shares with Melaka. Because Penang is located in the Straits of Malacca, the waters are not the idyllic crystal-clear azure you hope for in a tropical vacation. For most tours of Penang, people come to admire the well-preserved heritage buildings that evoke nostalgic feeling and memories of old Penang, which once called as the Pearl of the Orient.