Though not frequent, there have been the tragicv sea boat accidents when hiring boats out to the Muka Head and beyond. Perhaps it is because of the maritime geography as it is the cape that separates the sea into the Penang North Channel and main flow of Straits of Melaka.
So use common sense. Use life jackets even if the sea may seem calm. Definitely lookout for oncoming speeding boats and the changing weather all the time. When swimming, check with the locals first on undersea tow currents.
We used to play in the seas around Muka Head as kids and as scouts. But as we grow older, we grow safer.
Many tourists and locals buy the latest movie DVDs anywhere from RM4 to RM6 a piece.
Be ware there are constant police raid to catch pirated DVD sellers. Fines and prison terms have been imposed on the sellers. Buyers are not prosecuted, I wonder why.
Such DVDs may not be available at more upscale shopping malls but can still be found in several major shopping malls or sold at make-shift stalls at major hawker centers.
Due to increasing government tax on alcohol and cigarettes each year, both items are expensive in Malaysia. It will cost you an arm and a leg.
May be a good reason to cut down your drinks and fags while visiitng Penang and Malaysia.
So do not be surprise by how much you have to pay when your order a small cold beer at the coffee shop to chase down those cheap delicious hawker food delights.
Cigarettes are available easily at 24 hours convenient stores and coffee shops.
Ask what is the price before you put your order.