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My Chew Jetty Homestay

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59A Chew Jetty Weld Quay, George Town, Penang Island 10300 Malaysia
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#21 of 204 Speciality lodging in George Town
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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, Australia5 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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US$15 - US$16 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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MalaysiaPenangPenang IslandGeorge Town
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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 Lavish.
Does My Chew Jetty Homestay have an airport shuttle?
Yes, My Chew Jetty Homestay offers an airport shuttle 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 Armenian Street (0.6 km), George Town (0.6 km), and Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion (1.3 km).