Travel DiaryPacific Voyages of Iga & Ale

Day 5: Super Loo and van in a ditch Day 5: Super Loo and van in a ditch
  • Day 5: Super Loo and van in a ditch

  • In Taupo we woke up to a beautiful view of Taupo Lake stretching before us for miles. It's NZ's biggest lake with an astounding 193km in perimeter. It was huge and pretty and it would all be perfect if it was not for dark clouds hanging low above us. It's been pouring rain all night and there were n[...]
By boat? I have boat - floating on Mekong Delta By boat? I have boat - floating on Mekong Delta
  • By boat? I have boat - floating on Mekong Delta

  • We were sleeping tightly in our little bus beds when somebody started shaking our legs. "Wake up! Can Tho!" I opened one eye. It was 5 am and my body cried for more sleep. When I closed eyes again the driver was back at my leg, poking my calf. We got off the bus half-conscious and were driven to the[...]
New Zealand Highlights New Zealand Highlights
  • New Zealand Highlights

  • Fiordland National Park, South Island, NZ Mt Cook, South Island, NZ Mt Cook, South Island, NZ Kaikoura, South Island, NZ Nydia Walk, Marlborough Sounds, South Island, NZ Nydia Bay, Marlborough Sounds, South Island, NZ Tongariro National Park, North Island, NZ Au[...]
Day 18: Mosquito hunt and walk until you fall Day 18: Mosquito hunt and walk until you fall
  • Day 18: Mosquito hunt and walk until you fall

  • Sandflies are a curse on west coast, but the last two nights they were not our only concern. Sandflies don't like dark so they leave us be after dusk. In Queenstown and Te Anau though they changed shifts with mosquitos. Once sandies stopped biting, mosquitos took over. When we arrived at campground [...]
Day 4: Steams of sulfur and sleeping volcanos Day 4: Steams of sulfur and sleeping volcanos
  • Day 4: Steams of sulfur and sleeping volcanos

  • Last night we arrived to Rotorua, the sulfur city or RotoVegas as some like to call it. The smell of rotten eggs was already evident 15km before the city,  but it didn't discourage us from exploring the area. Rotorua is NZ's most dynamic thermal area with geysers, steaming hot springs and boiling ho[...]
Meeting place of drama and romance Meeting place of drama and romance
  • Meeting place of drama and romance

  • Popular belief says that Venice is the most romantic city of the world. Well, there is a big rival to that title. Wait for Hoi An to switch on its thousands lanterns and you'll wish your boyfriend proposed to you right there and then. When night falls over the city, it responds with an explosion of[...]
The Beach The Beach
  • The Beach

  • If I would ever imagine a modern Tortuga, it would look like Sihanouk Ville. Tortuga in pirate mythology is an idyllic island with cheap drink and sex. After spending two days in Sihanouk Ville, it was clear to us that a big percentage of holiday makers came there just for that. The town was lazy du[...]
Urban sauna - summer in Yangoon Urban sauna - summer in Yangoon
  • Urban sauna - summer in Yangoon

  • So here we are! Myanmar - our last destination. As soon as we landed in Yangoon we were hit by a heat wave. It was 38 degrees and as we were driving from the airport in a non air-conditioned minivan, we wondered how we would cope with the heat. Our hotel room did not have air-con and walking into it[...]
Day 28-31: Last memories of New Zealand Day 28-31: Last memories of New Zealand
  • Day 28-31: Last memories of New Zealand

  • We spent our last four days mostly on driving. We had to return Hippie to Auckland and jump on the ferry and then catch the plane back to Sydney. Thankfully we had enough time to break it up a little and stop here and there to rest and see interesting places. More importantly we could not leave [...]
Red Hot Kampot Pepper Red Hot Kampot Pepper
  • Red Hot Kampot Pepper

  • Bus ride from Phnom Penh to Kampot took us 6 hours. It's only a over a hundred kilometers, but the road is so bad, the bus hardly goes more than 50kmh. Once we got to Kampot though we forgot all about uncomfortable buses, traffic of Phnom Penh and crowds of people. Kampot was a small tranquil town o[...]
Southern circuit - Mawlamyine to Yangoon Southern circuit - Mawlamyine to Yangoon
  • Southern circuit - Mawlamyine to Yangoon

  • So we run away from the monastery and now what? Our time in Myanmar was close to the end, but we had another 3 days to fill. We spent the first night in Mawlamyine - base camp for the monastery - but there was absolutely nothing to do, so we left the following morning. We went on a 4h boat trip [...]
Day 9: 2am Ferry and Marlborough Sounds  Day 9: 2am Ferry and Marlborough Sounds
  • Day 9: 2am Ferry and Marlborough Sounds

  • We finished the tour of North Island with a blast. Most things in our itinerary were crossed out (with a few stops left on the way back) and it was time to jump over to the South Island and finally get the taste of the mountain scenery NZ was so famous for. All the ferries during the day were booked[...]