Chew Jetty, George Town

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Cross the boards and adventure into a bygone era at Chew Jetty, a historical district built on stilts over the sea. Constructed over a century ago by the Chew Clan community of Chinese immigrants, the jetty has developed into a town propped up over the waters of the harbor. Renovations have provided additional amenities for residents, but the overall aesthetic remains rustic and idiosyncratic. Planks create paths over the water, linking up houses elevated on stilts, owned and cared for by families of fishers that call the jetty home. Stop off in the local cafe for a little refreshment amid picturesque scenes of simple, archaic, unfussy life. Use our George Town trip planner to add Chew Jetty and other attractions to your George Town vacation plans.
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  • We stumbled upon this spot while wandering in George Town. This was a really cool thing to see how the residents live on the water.  more »
  • Shanghai used to have a riverside shanty, the surname Bridge is upgraded version, the Seaside, the house also looks better. The whole community is more modern and bigger than it thought. It feels like the whole community is cohesive.
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  • This area is a pure tourist attraction where you will find chinese gifts shops, some bar and restaurant. Don't believe to see any scene of typical every day life. It is a kind of mall build on sea, an...  more »

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As an established tourist destination, George Town offers a range of options making use of the city's famous architectural diversity, with boutique hotels in the old town themed around the history of the building they occupy. For such singular accommodations, expect to pay a little more. Budget hotels and unbranded local options provide a comfortable night sleep at an affordable rate. The coastal areas offer more expensive resort-style luxury rooms with sea views, while away from the beaten track, you'll find backpacker hostels providing good options for those wanting to keep on the move.
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