FINE TIMES

Here is another travel scam to avoid - if you can. I recently received in the mail a speeding fine from France, committed near Auxerre in September. I have not been in France since mid-January this year, when I was in Toulouse.

This is either a clerical error or someone is using the information from my driver's licence to avoid a fine. In the past two years I have hired cars from Avis in Burgundy, Normandy and Toulouse. I have also hired one, nearly two years ago, from a small local company in Auxerre. The staff at the Consulate-General of France in Sydney were not very helpful.

The man on the door said mine was not the first case like this he had seen. The man who dealt with me said I should go through the Australian Embassy in Paris. He also suggested it was identity theft.

- Peter Downes

GEORGE TOWN STARS IN MALAYSIA

We recently returned from an adventure in Malaysia. While enjoying the strong Australian dollar, getting around was easy as many people speak English, were friendly and we felt safe.

We travelled from Kuala Lumpur to Penang then back down to the Cameron Highlands and back to KL by local buses. An eight-hour bus fare by coach was $40. Taxis are well regulated and cheap.

A three-hour tour by local taxi was $30 in the Cameron Highlands. The best experience was in George Town with a local guide showing us the blending of cultures and customs art work on a five-hour walking tour. We felt like backpackers as we were free to go where we liked but stayed in five-star accommodation of our choice.

- Karen Childs

LEST WE FORGET

Why not get to know your neighbour? The "Where on Earth Next" list (Traveller, November 30-December 1) lacked mention of Timor Leste, the newest nation on earth and one of our closest neighbours. You don't know what you're missing!

- Jenny Macaffer

WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOM

I would agree with many points Anne Buckley made in her letter regarding travel in Myanmar (Traveller Letters, December 7-8, 2013). However, I would like to correct the matter of ATMs. We travelled with a group in Myanmar for 15 days in March/ April and we had previously been told to take US dollars in cash, as there were no ATMs.

When we arrived there was a considerable number of ATMs, particularly in Yangon. There was one operating at the Shwedagon Pagoda. They were also available at a number of banks, including KBZ, which members of our group used.

Cash is needed and if foreign currency is to be used, then use US dollars of recent dates and good condition.

Importantly, enjoy what Myanmar has to offer.

- Bruce Casselden

FARE GO, AUSTRALIA

I agree with John Bennet (Traveller Letters,  December 7-8, 2013) about the exorbitant cost of holidaying in Australia. I have wanted to go to WA and the Kimberley, but a six-day trip cost more than $5000, starting from Melbourne.

I did a trip for 10 days including airfares and a cruise on the Mekong all inclusive (meals, hotels, excursions etc) for less than that.

- Eric Peterson