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 breakfast
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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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WZCho wrote a review Oct 2012
London, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Staying at Chew Jetty is like staying at your grandma's house! If your grandma lived in the historic jetty area. It's an interesting combination of the very prosaic (elderly aunties and uncles sitting outside their houses), the touristy (amateur photographers coming down the jetties every morning) and the beautiful (the mist over the sea in the morning).

It's also somewhere to stay for the experience rather than because it's especially comfortable. I thought the rooms were fine -- they were small but clean and functional (and had air-conditioning); the extra bed you can add for a charge is basically just a mattress on the floor, but I slept perfectly well. The toilet IS just a hole in the ground that leads to the sea, which horrified the friend travelling with me as she was used to American standards, but if you're used to squat toilets and untiled bathrooms it's fine. (I am Malaysian.) The Chew family themselves still live in this house and use the same bathroom.

At low tide it's a bit smelly, but not to the point that I found it intrusive (this was my main concern). I enjoyed the views of the sea and the vibe of the jetty, which feels like a village. It was also nice to be able to explore the jetty a bit without feeling like an intruder -- I'd visited the clan jetties before but felt a bit rude to be walking around somebody's neighbourhood uninvited; at least when you're staying there you feel you have more of a right to stroll around. Another plus is the location -- the attractions of Georgetown are within walking distance, and the jetties are also near a bus terminal with buses that will take you to other sights such as Penang Hill, etc.

Breakfast is included but it's basic toast and instant coffee, which is a waste of stomach space when you're visiting Penang! The people who run the place are friendly, but not that accessible -- they sort of show you around and give you the keys, and after that we were pretty much left to ourselves.

I'd recommend it if you like to go off the beaten track and don't expect the amenities of a hotel, but would have to admit that for the same price you can stay at a more comfortable hotel -- it's not as cheap as you might expect as I think there's a surcharge for the novelty.
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Date of stay: May 2012
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LONDONJAKY wrote a review Oct 2012
Belfast, United Kingdom
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This place has very good reviews, which it deserves. One thing to bear in mind is the accommodation really is quite basic. Small rooms, and for me the bathroom situation wasnt very appealing. But if you are ok with that, then it is certainly an alternative option.
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Date of stay: October 2012
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jenny b wrote a review May 2012
Manchester, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a wonderful vacation. Thank you. Beautiful weather, wonderful comfortable homestay, excellent food- everything great. I defo come back next summer.
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Date of stay: July 2011
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Elisa_Chiang wrote a review Apr 2012
Hong Kong, null, Hong Kong
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Chew Jetty itself is a big attraction. Every corner is a picture. The sunrise, sunset, moonlight and ebb glorify the scene. We feel at home in the Homestay. The wooden balcony on the sea is the wonderful place for enjoying the breeze, chatting or staying alone. The Chew family are warmhearted and lovely, providing useful tourist information and local stories. The food stalls and food court outside serve cheap and nice local food. Bak Kut Teh, shrimp noodles and iced coffee are highly recommended. It is convenient to travel the Georgetown starting from the Chew Jetty Homestay. There are buses to go to the centre "Komtar", the beach area "Batu Feringgi" and Penang's landmark "Penang Hill" in the bus stop nearby.
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Date of stay: April 2012
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KahFui wrote a review Aug 2018
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Matt B wrote a review Jul 2017
Canberra, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 2016
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Kathi-HH-HAM wrote a review Jan 2017
Hamburg, Germany
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Azlieda Rosli asked a question Mar 2021
Penang Island, Malaysia
Free breakfast?
Answer from Jandhfm
Auckland Central, New Zealand59 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 Zealand59 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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