Chew Jetty (姓周桥) – Most Famous Floating Village in Penang

After our delicious loh bak and ice kacang break at Tan Jetty, we hopped over to Chew Jetty that was just a stone’s throw away.

Chew Jetty (姓周桥)

Chew Jetty is the largest and oldest clan jetty in Penang. Of all the six waterfront settlements, Chew Jetty is also the most busy and lively because it is more commercialised and touristy.

Chew Jetty (姓周桥)

Chew Jetty (姓周桥)

Visiting hours are from 9.00am to 9.00pm daily so as to minimise disturbances to the residents who are still living here. Some basic rules to note include keeping noise to a minimum, no trespassing into people’s houses or littering. This is a ‘private’ residential area after all so we all have to be mindful and be considerate.

At Chew Jetty, you can find shops selling snacks, souvenirs and all sorts of knick-knacks on both sides of the boardwalk. There are also dessert shops and eateries.

Some of the residents also operate businesses from the outside of their homes, selling homemade snacks and/or handicraft items. Very interesting.

One of the local residents here =)

Chew Jetty (姓周桥)

Sunny sky. Turquoise water. Beautiful.

Bought a popsicle from a stall at the front door of one of the residents’ houses. Got it because it looked pretty, lol. This was truly homemade – sliced fruits in syruped water and then frozen and shaped into popsicles. Quite sweet but refreshing because weather was hot.

Final Thoughts

Really appreciate that the residents at Chew Jetty actually allow visitors to come despite that there are about 75 families living there. At the same time, I also felt kinda bad because it felt like we were intruding into personal living spaces. But it was quite an eye opener because we don’t get to see such floating village or waterfront settlement often so it was really nice to have the opportunity to connect with the local lifestyle.

Chew Jetty
Weld Quay
10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang
9.00am to 9.00pm daily

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