Walk the Planks of Penang’s Clan Jetties

BODY IMAGE: Hotel Jen Penang : Walk the Planks of Penang’s Clan Jetties
BODY IMAGE: Hotel Jen Penang : Walk the Planks of Penang’s Clan Jetties

Every city seems to be in a rush to modernise – to have fancy new shopping districts and tall shiny skyscrapers. When I’m feeling nostalgic for a slower pace of life, I like to walk along the planks of Penang’s traditional waterfront villages called Clan Jetties.

As one of the last bastions of old Chinese settlements, the six remaining Clan Jetties form part of the Penang Heritage Trail. It’s an excellent way to observe authentic village life juxtaposed against an urban environment.

The tourist-friendly and largest jetty is the Chew Jetty, with many of its residents actually being real “Chews”. You’ll find a hodgepodge of stilt houses, long walkways, souvenir shops and a small temple.

The best time of day to take photographs is at sunset when the sun casts a spectacular reddish-orange light against the jetties and sampans, amid a turquoise-blue sea.

The Clan Jetties are close to the Penang ferry terminal. Ask my staff for ferry schedules and exact directions on how to get there. 

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