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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  • Worthy spending an afternoon there. We went there late morning, have lunch at one of the many restaurants there and scroll and browse the different clan jetties there. Though becoming very touristic, ...  more »
  • A must go see while in Penang. Location is central and plenty of food stalls nearby. Close to ferry terminal also. Take a walk on the Jetty and around to see how many of the locals live and have lived...  more »
  • One of the place I had to make sure to visit was Chew Jetty. As you enter you'll walk past gift shops and eateries. Once you've walked past the gift shops you'll be rewarded with a very nice view of t...  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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