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59A Chew Jetty Weld Quay, George Town, Penang Island 10300 Malaysia
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Immerse yourself in a unique cultural experience, 'living like a local' in one of George Town's few true homestays, in a family's rustic wooden home on stilts at the Chew Jetty, a unique heritage community nestled on the city's waterfront. Right on the water’s edge of the heritage city of George Town, the Chew Jetty is a unique settlement consisting of 88 rustic wooden family homes linked by a long walkway, starting from the shore and jutting out onto the water. In existence since the 1880s, and one of seven remaining clan jetties, the Chew Jetty is unique in that the residents all share the same Chinese surname. Ours is a wooden house fronting the main walkway, roughly in the middle of the Chew Jetty. You will be staying in 1 of 5 rooms in our family house, out of which only 3 rooms are for homestay guests. You will be getting a cozy DOUBLE ROOM in the middle section of the house, with a small window on its side. The room is air-conditioned, and also has a wall fan, and is furnished with a queen-sized bed. We have a bathroom shared by all in the house, and it comes with instant hot shower and sitting toilet. Our living room, dining hall and our back and side open decks are available for your use.
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KahFui wrote a review Aug 2018
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia441 contributions43 helpful votes
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59A, our humble address of the day, a wooden house right above the sea, within one of the earliest settlement known as Chew Jetty in Penang, since 1880. We skip the clan jetties sightseeing this time because we are among the attraction of the day. Sitting on the sea verandah over looking the Strait of Melaka. It's been a long day. Those relaxing sounds of waves, certainly a great way to start a bit or two writing before calling it a day. Experiencing the life as the Chew Clan in their traditional jetty wooden house. Host by the ever friendly and warm, Ms. Siew Pheng and Papa Chew. Most travellers here as a pilgrimage to seek the experience as a journey of life, left not only footprints but a memorable memories. Great catchup with the Chew family and their generosity, unlimited snacks, fruits, drinks, etc. Truly amazing. p/s: Thanks Ms. Chew for the generosity, sending Penang famous pastries to our address in Lebuh Victoria, when we're out to explore Georgetown.
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Date of stay: June 2018
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Uday B wrote a review Nov 2017
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This is a unique place, house is completely constructed on the sea. Complete wooden structure, easy to access place, host and her dad are very friendly, guided us from minute we have stepped in till we have completed our trip throughout Malaysia. Sea water level differs by every few hours. You can use washing machine, hosts have provided a variety of snacks and fruits, and bread, jam and butter too. Feels like it’s your own home in a different country. Value for money. P.S. This place itself is a tourist attraction.
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Date of stay: October 2017
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sanghaya wrote a review Sep 2017
Philippines437 contributions43 helpful votes
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!
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Date of stay: June 2017
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Matt B wrote a review Jul 2017
Canberra, Australia6 contributions1 helpful vote
A great place to stay in one of the more fascinating locations you'll ever see. The host Siew Ping is a fantastic host and a fellow food-traveller. If you're in Penang to eat (of course you are...) Siew Ping is a brilliant contact for local food advice. Mr Chew (Papa Oranges) will also look after you (and of course, feed you oranges). An absolute gem for anyone who loves food and wants to immerse themselves in this UNESCO listed location!
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Date of stay: June 2017
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James D wrote a review Jan 2017
Los Angeles, California9 contributions2 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: January 2017
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anniewphoto wrote a review Jan 2017
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom241 contributions126 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: December 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Kathi-HH-HAM wrote a review Jan 2017
Hamburg, Germany37 contributions6 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: December 2016
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Xiao-Huiii wrote a review Dec 2016
Christchurch, New Zealand65 contributions8 helpful votes
Uncle Chew is totally warm and friendly. He know that I walked from Jetty under the sun, he welcome me by cutting the orange and provide some cold water for me. One of the most special place is 2 chairs provided and I can sit on it and enjoy the nice sea view and the wind. Totally is an amazing experience for me. At night, I can sit on the chair and chat with my friend by enjoying the wind and the sound of the sea. During chit chat, we able to see the shadow of dolphin, a great experience to me. I will come back again in further, because it is too relax while I facing to the sea.
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Date of stay: November 2016
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Room Tip: Best view of the sea and House on the sea
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Charlotte H wrote a review Aug 2015
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar19 contributions
This was a great place to stay, it's on the jetty so has some beautiful views and the jetty itself is a very interesting and lively place. Location is great, right by the pier and walking distance to little India. The rooms were a good standard for the price, the owner was a lovely lady, very warm, chatty and friendly. Would definitely stay here again, this time opting for air con instead of fan as it was blisteringly hot. The fan would definitely be suitable for cooler months.
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Date of stay: August 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Aceyfox wrote a review Jul 2015
Singapore, Singapore133 contributions39 helpful votes
First time staying at a jetty. Host was really nice and offered lots of advices. Wifi, simple breakfast coffee/tea provided and nice food located just opposite the jetty. Good place to stay especially if you are catching the morning ferry to langkawi. Within walking distance to the pier
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Date of stay: August 2014Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about My Chew Jetty Homestay
Which popular attractions are close to My Chew Jetty Homestay?
Nearby attractions include Khoo Kongsi (0.5 km), Cheah Kongsi (0.3 km), and Chew Jetty (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at My Chew Jetty Homestay?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at My Chew Jetty Homestay?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to My Chew Jetty Homestay?
Conveniently located restaurants include SUPE - Georgetown Branch, Merry Me, and The Book Sandwich Cafe.
Does My Chew Jetty Homestay have airport transportation?
Yes, My Chew Jetty Homestay offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at My Chew Jetty Homestay?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Chinese, and Malay.
Are there any historical sites close to My Chew Jetty Homestay?
Many travellers enjoy visiting George Town (0.6 km), Armenian Street (0.6 km), and Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion (1.3 km).