VIDEO: Clan Jetties Stilt Houses

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In this travel video we venture off to explore the Clan Jetties Stilt Houses of the Penang Heritage Trail located in historic UNESCO heritage city George Town, Penang, Malaysia. Visiting the stilt villages was something both of us really wanted to do and was one of the top attractions in George Town we wanted to explore. We definitely weren’t disappointed as we spent several hours visiting the different Clan Jetties that are distinguished by different names, for example Chew Jetty. As part of the Penang Heritage Trail these jetties are considered one of the last bastions of old Chinese settlement in Penang. The stilt houses reminded us of Kampung Ayer, one of the largest stilt villages in the world, located in Bandar Seri Bagawan, Brunei. While wandering we were greeted by many friendly cats and dogs along the way. Overall, it was a great way for us to spend the late afternoon on a hot and humid day.

Video Script:

Today we are visiting a place that is an important part of George Town’s heritage – the Clan Jetties.

These are the last bastions of old Chinese settlements.

One of the things that has surprised me most about visiting the Clan Jetties is that people live here with their pets, so even though their houses are on stilts above the water they still keep dogs, cats and it works.

Here we’ve found some friendly little doggies. Yes. Leave it to me to find puppies.

Cats. Hello, cat. It is purring. Cat, let’s steal you. You can fit in my backpack.

Well, we’ve encountered a lot of friendly cats and dogs but not this one.

All of the houses in this area are built on stilts over the water and they even have a temple.

Here is the temple of stilts that we were looking to find.

This area is now part of the heritage trail and it was established roughly 150 years ago.

There are several distinct Jetty’s along this area. In fact, there were seven at one time. One just burnt down and now we are visiting the Chew Jetty, which is welcoming us.

How are we feeling? I’m feeling good. I’m just resting on someone’s porch I imagine.

This stilt villages actually remind me quite a bit of the ones I visited while in Brunei, which are called the Kampong Ayer. Those were even quite a bit bigger. These are still very fascinating.

In the back of one of these jetties there is the most random Santa Clause. In the back.

Visiting the Clan Jetties Stilt Houses in George Town, Penang

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