My Chew Jetty Homestay

My Chew Jetty Homestay

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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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Free breakfast
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Non-smoking hotel
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Languages Spoken
English, Chinese, Malay

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59A Chew Jetty Weld Quay, George Town, Penang Island 10300 Malaysia
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Great for walkers
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ElMundoBonito wrote a review Apr 2012
Helsinki, Finland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Forget the backpacker ghetto on Chulia Street!

There is a charming and authentic place to stay in George Town: head to My Chew Jetty Homestay to get to know how locals live in a historical waterfront settlement built by Chinese immigrants for more than one hundred years ago.

My Chew Jetty Homestay is run by a lovely couple, Mrs. and Mr. Chew, and their friendly daughter Siew Pheng. This place is your home away from home. Jetty area is quiet and atmospheric. It´s a world heritage site too, but not a museum: slow down and enjoy the day sitting on a wooden terrace and watching locals going on with their daily tasks.

There are not many places in the world where you can stay in a village built on stilts situated in the middle of the city. Watch fishermen leaving the jetty with their colourful boats, as they have done for a century. At the same time, the sights of a bustling city are within walking distance.

A good night´s sleep is guaranteed listening to the sound of waves. Rooms are comfortable, and a local style toilet just adds to the experience. Home-cooked meals can be ordered, and there´s also local food available at the entrance to the jetty, and a hawker center just accross the road. Free WiFi is available at the Homestay.

At my departure after two night´s stay Mrs. Chew provides me with a lunch box: fresh fruits! What a lovely surprise! During my whole stay I felt very welcome and was treated like a family member, though there is enough privacy as well.

I would highly recommend this place to anyone: couples, families, friends. My Chew Jetty Homestay is also a very safe and comfortable place to stay for a solo female traveller.

Walking out of the jetty along the wooden walkways on the water I feel very privileged having been able to stay in this unique stilt village. Thanks again Chew-family, hope to see you again soon!
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Date of stay: March 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled solo
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Craig T wrote a review Feb 2013
San Rafael, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I have traveled a lot, in many parts of the world. The experience we had at Chew Jetty Homestay ranks among the best we've ever had.

Chew Jetty Homestay is in a traditional home on one of the clan jetties of Georgetown, the Chew Clan jetty. It has three rooms, we stayed in the deluxe room. It has air con and a comfortable bed. The homestay has a small balcony where you can sit and watch life on the jetty and on the sea all the way over to Butterworth. The hostess, Siew Pheng Chew,, is a very nice young woman who gives all sorts of good tips on where to go in Penang and even more importantly, good restaurants and hawker stalls and what to eat. The CF Hawker Stall is right across the street and Ms. Chew gave us great ideas of what to eat there. Georgetown is a foodie's paradise and it's important to know where to get the good stuff.

Ms. Chew's mother, Mrs. Chew, is a great cook and was, in fact, featured on Anthony Bourdain's show on Penang from 2012. She cooked us a wonderful lunch the first day we arrived.

If I could give this place more then 5 stars, I would. You will get an experience here you could never have in a motel or hotel.
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Date of stay: February 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Get the larger deluxe room if available and ask Mrs Chew to cook you a meal!
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daonki wrote a review Apr 2014
Regensburg, Germany
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We enjoyed our stay at this exciting place. Siew Pheng has grown up a comfortable home stay here at jettys. She is a friendly and humorous person and has been helpful in any way and anytime. The provided details, hints and suggestions around the home stay and Georgetown activities are awesome and more one could ask for!
The service has been great. Towels, soap, shampoo, drinking water and fruits had been provided to guests. Many thanks again for the dinner we were allowed to join! We was very happy with our choice.
All in all, a basic accommodation at an authentic location - very clean and comfortable with a lovely, smart and helpful hostess. Nothing more to ask for. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: April 2014Trip type: Travelled with friends
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laserlime wrote a review Nov 2012
New York City, New York
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The good: Staying at the historic jetty, Ms Chew was very helpful and sweet, and the rooms and bed were clean and comfortable. I wanted to like this place, I really did...
The bad: The bathroom. Its a squatty potty which is OK, I don't need a western toilet, however I had a hard time seeing all waste just dropping into the ocean below. There was no bin provided for paper either so I had to carry that out of the bathroom with me. I am assuming that all bathrooms are like that for homes and businesses on the jetty as you get a real stench at night blowing through the windows. Also, you share this one toilet and shower (its together) with all guests staying and the family so several times I had to wait busting to pee while someone was taking a shower.
We only stayed one night before moving to a guesthouse along love lane which was better value for money.
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Date of stay: November 2012
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Davidfan wrote a review Dec 2012
Carlisle, United Kingdom
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Good things
Peaceful location
Terrace to sit out on
English speaking owner called in twice during our 4 night stay

Not so good things
Rather smelly at times, though we did get used to it
Very basic accomodation for the price we were paying
Various people seemed to turn up to use the shower and toilet, who we had no idea should or should not be there. Really not keen on that and felt insecure.
No family members seemed to be living there permanently, just a series of different non English speaking people seemed to turn up to just sleep there.
Owners mother (cantonese speaking, but understood some mandarin) came each morning to do some cleaning but then went again, so no one on the spot to ask anything.

Negative things
Toilet!! Anyone with any sort of conscience would struggle as I did seeing their own waste just dropping into the sea, or mud at low tide. As a traveller I try not to make a negative impact on the environment I visit, and this was very uncomfortable. It was not my western sensibilites or distaste at a basic facility, it is doing what is right. This is not right when there is a choice.
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Date of stay: December 2012
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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HappyTraveler1986 wrote a review Apr 2012
Penzance, Cornwall
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My fiancé and I stayed with the Chew family for one night at the end of March 2012. Miss Chew was so friendly and helpful, she even went to the bus station at 1030 pm to get us bus tickets to the Cameron Highlands (despite our polite protests). The room was clean and comfortable with air-con while the toilet is shared and of the traditional Malay variety. The jetty community is very picturesque and is ideally located for exploring Georgetown with the bus station just down the road. Our only complaint is that we could not stay longer!
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Date of stay: March 2012
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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sanghaya wrote a review Sept 2017
Philippines
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Tang L wrote a review Jun 2015
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My 4th time attempt to stay in Chew Jetty Homestay(uniquely houses built on sea and UNESCO heritage site) finally granted (though not staying exactly in Chew Jetty Homestay).
Always fully booked - I had tried my best to do early book (weeks before checking in, maybe it should be MONTHS before check-in is required, serious HOT DEMAND).

This time, the operator, Ms. Siew Pheng (all of them are Chews by the way), recommended me to stay with her aunt which a few steps away from the Homestay and we're staying basically nearer to the sea.

Siew Pheng called and whatsApped for confirmation and gentle reminder.
Detailed information was provided, where to park the car, how to reach the homestay, contacts and recommendations were all very helpful for trip itinerary planning.

Pros:
1) Non standard hotel setup - good for travelers/families who wanna go and experience near-to-real-life of people staying and living on sea (did I inform you guys that the homestays/houses are actually build on sea?). Unique experience!
2) Nearby to cheap (real cheap) and local taste (meant to locals and non tourist) hawker stall, just beside the temple - Check them out okie? for dinner and supper.
3) Near to UNESCO site - well those mural wall paintings, you know?
4) Lots of localized activities - eat, drink or rent a bicycle and round the place.
5) Auntie Chew even offered half boiled eggs for my kiddo as breakfast - whereby breakfast is not included in the package - in short; personal touch.

Cons:
1) No designated parking.
2) Walking is required.
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Date of stay: June 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Paulina wrote a review Nov 2014
Melbourne
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here one night because of location . It's like staying in a relative's house except you have to pay. People are nice but the sea breeze was horrible at night .
One has to share the bathroom n toilet with the occupants of the house which makes it very difficult .
Floor is very basic n place a bit run down but I guess , it's just a side income for them.
No twin beds and shared toilet and bathroom not convenient.
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Date of stay: November 2014
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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2.0 of 5 bubblesService
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JessR0b wrote a review Jun 2014
Sydney, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed overnight here and really enjoyed our experience. Accommodation is very basic, plumbing is very basic but the family was exceptional. We were invited to share some durian with them and we really felt like part of the family. It was fantastic to walk around exploring the jetty and getting a feel for what it's really like to live there. SP Chew also provides a nice folder with all the activities around the jetty i.e. food court, eateries, night markets and transport advice etc which is incredibly helpful. If you're looking for a luxury cultural experience, this isn't quite for you. But if you're looking for an unadulterated experience with unpretentious people who will treat you like family so you can immerse yourself in their culture- look no further!
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Date of stay: May 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Azlieda Rosli asked a question Mar 2021
Penang Island, Malaysia
Free breakfast?
Answer from Jandhfm
Auckland Central, New Zealand58 contributions18 helpful votes
The toilet and shower were immaculate. There is a general oudour depending on the wind direction and tide when you are on the actual jetty but not once could I smell anything inside. It is a proper toilet but the waste does dispose into the sea - as with all the other houses on the jetties.
Xiao-Huiii wrote a tip Dec 2016
Christchurch, New Zealand62 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Best view of the sea and House on the sea"
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Frank1958490907 wrote a tip Nov 2014
Brisbane, Australia188 contributions81 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"You can take a free bus from the Ferry Terminal to Komtar in Penang Road. Just a 5 min walk from the village."
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Jandhfm wrote a tip Jul 2014
Auckland Central, New Zealand58 contributions18 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"It's a small homestay. We had an extra mattress on a floor ( we had two rooms as we are a family of 5)."
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Craig T wrote a tip Feb 2013
San Rafael, California1,016 contribution553 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Get the larger deluxe room if available and ask Mrs Chew to cook you a meal!"
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Jason A wrote a tip Jan 2013
Singapore11 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take the bigger room if you require a bigger space because some of her rooms might be too small."
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and airport transportation.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
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Conveniently located restaurants include Beach St. Bistrot, Reggae Cafe Penang, and Merry Me.
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Yes, My Chew Jetty Homestay offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Chinese, and Malay.
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Many travellers enjoy visiting Armenian Street (0.6 km), George Town (1.3 km), and Sun Yat Sen Museum (0.7 km).
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