Photo of the day: Jetty walkway, Penang

clan jetty, Georgetown Penang Malaysia photography

Two ladies relax on one of the clan jetties in Georgetown on Penang, Malaysia.

One of the oldest remaining Chinese settlements on the island, the jetties house a number of clans who live in beautiful wooden houses on stilts in the water.  Each jetty is home to a different clan of Chinese descendants, grouped according to their province of origin.

I took a morning stroll down the Chew jetty, one of the largest of these water villages that are now part of a UNESCO world heritage site.  I don’t know if it was the early hour or if it this way every day, but it was wonderfully calm and peaceful as I walked down the wooden walkway.  The pace of life was most definitely slower here.

Click here for more information and a map to help you locate this lovely corner of Penang island.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold

Another photo challenge has taken my fancy…

Thresh·old (thrĕsh′ōld′, -hōld′)
1. A piece of wood or stone placed beneath a door; a doorsill.
2. An entrance or a doorway.

I could have gone metaphorical with this week’s challenge from the Daily Post, but as it would happen I have recently been on a little walk with my camera around Phuket Old Town which is filled with stunning, colourful Sino-Portuguese buildings.  So I have plenty of pictures of the thresholds into homes and shops alike.  Take a look – it just goes to show that Phuket is more than just buckets of booze and ladyboys, if you know the right places to look.

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