It was my first time to try homestay (instead of the usual hotel/hostel arrangement). Honestly, I was very excited to see the actual house that Anthony Bourdain had featured in No Reservations. My expectations were met and I am truly happy to say that I experienced the jetty life.
What I love about 59A: the hospitality of the people, the homey feel and cleanliness of the place, and the ambiance of their porch-by-the-sea.
Siew Pheng and Papa are very, very nice. Siew is someone you can easily talk to. She shared a lot of things and is very enthusiastic talking about anything under the sun (international and local politics, her personal travels, and insights about her locality). Papa is also very kind and has often provided us with fruits.
Our room is decent and clean and the place offers the basic facilities that you need. I totally appreciate the clearbook with all the information about Penang. If you do not have an itinerary prepared, don't worry as their clearbook clearly has everything (from what to eat, where to eat, suggested itineraries, etc.). They have the basic facilities like hot shower and laundry area. Their table has free coffee/tea/bread/fruits accessible anytime.
My favorite part of the house? Their patio-by-the-sea! It overlooks the sea and the walkway of the heritage site. You can watch the sunset and sunrise, the lights from the other side, or the tourists midday.
I definitely recommend this place for you to stay in Penang!
Very friendly people. A location that has to be seen to be believed. One of the most unique hotel experiences you'll ever have: let alone for $30 a night. I live in Penang and even I may book a room there again, just because. You haven't done Penang until you've done My Chew Jetty Homestay.
I am all for seeing how the locals live and chose Chew Jetty because of this. Please read the description of your stay before you book and is is exactly what you will get. Siew Ping was great over email before and during the stay. Mr Chew doesn't speak any English but could not have looked after me better. The home is very clean and you can have teas / coffee / water during the day too. Mr Chew chopped me oranges everyday bless him. Breakfast is provided, toast, cereal, fruit. The air con in the room was poor however, Siew Ping was going to review this. In the description it mentions the odour that can arise from the water. This does happen and at points can be quite strong for non locals. However, I wanted to live as a local for a while. The best bit was sitting out on the veranda and watching the many tourists passing by. A great experience which I wouldn't have changed, but it won't be for everyone.
It was our first time staying in a jetty, we loved the location, sitting in the evening above the water… Facility itself built by immigrants, for sure construction very simple, toilet sewage directly down to the water, the electrical water heater for the shared shower was not working- but it was o.k., warm enough for cold water. Overall we liked it very much, because it was an exceptional experience not comparable to a hotel. We stayed 2 nights. We had no extended contact to the owner, got our keys without problems and gave it back to a family member. In the other parts of the jetty were some shops, we loved the freshly prepared mango juice!
I think, there are several rooms in different buildings, we stayed in the one close to the end (not the one having the sign on the door).
Overall- perfect for 2-3 nights to discover Penang and a real special experience. Just don't expect luxury room or similar.
This is an interesting place. I used to see this place for many years from the ferry going to school to Penang but did not think to visit it but the time my wife who's Finnish wanted to visit the place. As we took the free bus from Komtar to Weld Quay it was only a short walk from there. Firstly one sees the temple on the outside before one goes into the village. It's very interesting the way people live. There's a bit of smell but I guess the residents are used to it. Everything looks very clean. They have a jetty in there too. I suppose some fishermen live there too. Motorcycles are the other popular means of transports. The homes are very tradional in that they all seem to have the alter in the front room. Plenty of little shops selling all sorts of things including food. Really worth a look. Sorry did not check out the home stay bit.