Of the many historic sites peppered around George Town, the Chew clan jetty is one of the more unique and interesting.
A hundred odd year old collection of wooden huts, all built on stilts precariously over the water. Just a few hundred meters from the main commercial heart of the city, it’s a rabbit warren maze of dead end lanes and skinny little paths made of old planks.
And while there are a few funny little shops here and there, this is not a tourist spot, it’s real people, living in real homes, with temples and washing and stray cats all adding an extra authentic flavor.
When the jetties were built everybody who lived on them had the same last name because they all came from the same Chinese fishing village.
Many jetties used to line the waterfront of George Town but development has meant many have now gone, leaving the Chew family jetty the oldest and largest left.