Travel DiaryPacific Voyages of Iga & Ale

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 21&22: Magnificent Mount Cook Day 21&22: Magnificent Mount Cook
  • Day 21&22: Magnificent Mount Cook

  • Waking up with the ceiling 20cm above our heads and having to joggle around all our stuff to do and undo the bed started to take its toll. We were slowly getting tired of living on 4m long 2m wide space. Especially after yesterday. On the kayaking trip we met two Spanish guys. When we were walking b[...]
Day 10: In pursuit of hoppiness Day 10: In pursuit of hoppiness
  • Day 10: In pursuit of hoppiness

  • Our next destination was Abel Tasman National Park, but we got distracted on the way by art and beer of Nelson. We were meant to stop there for quick grocery shopping and a visit to information centre, when we got side-tracked by Nelson's many art studios and pubs with locally brewed craft beer. Red[...]
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[...]
Opium Grannies of The Golden Triangle Opium Grannies of The Golden Triangle
  • Opium Grannies of The Golden Triangle

  • Rubbing shoulders with China and Burma, Luang Namtha was within the infamous opium imperium of The Golden Triangle. We would have never guessed it. It looked like so many other little towns we have seen. The only hint to the contrary were three Akha grannies walking the streets of Luang Namtha, sell[...]
Day 6: Vineyards and Cape Palliser Day 6: Vineyards and Cape Palliser
  • Day 6: Vineyards and Cape Palliser

  • We had a rough night. It was pouring rain all night and big drops of water hitting the van's roof made so much noise we could hardly sleep. Yet the rain and sleepless night didn't discourage us from a wine tour. We were in Martinborough, northern island's prime wine location and weekend getaway for[...]
Arty Xmas in Battambang Arty Xmas in Battambang
  • Arty Xmas in Battambang

  • Getting out of the floating village took us some time. It was also quite an experience. When the boat took us back to the shore motobike drivers were waiting there for us almost killing each other over who was to take us. As soon as we touched land they jumped on our boat and snatched our bags. We d[...]
Day 19: Regeneration day and road to Milford Day 19: Regeneration day and road to Milford
  • Day 19: Regeneration day and road to Milford

  • Weather forecast said it was supposed to rain today so we booked our kayaking trip for tomorrow and made it a regeneration day after Kepler Track. We had a slow breakfast in deluxe kitchen of our four star holiday park, did some grocery shopping, had a beef pie each and left Te Anau after lunch. Mil[...]
Mandalay - the epicentre of water madness Mandalay - the epicentre of water madness
  • Mandalay - the epicentre of water madness

  • Mandalay... oh Mandalay... we had the time of our life there! It was 4 days of pure madness. Water Festival is celebrated in almost all countries in Southeast Asia. It's a celebration in waiting for Buddhist New Year. They party for four days and then pray on the fifth - New Year's Day, in honour of[...]
The Loop The Loop
  • The Loop

  • We left Tad Lo on a local bus that took forever. It kept stopping for long breaks and continued to pick up more and more supplies on the way. By the time we arrived to Thakhaek in Central Laos the back of the bus and aisle were totally blocked by rice sacks, lower baggage space was packed with live [...]
Day 25 & 26: Hot baths, seals and pink poo  Day 25 & 26: Hot baths, seals and pink poo
  • Day 25 & 26: Hot baths, seals and pink poo

  • It was pouring rain all day and night and when we woke up it was still raining. No hope for a walk or a kayak trip or any other outdoor activity. Damn. The best we could do was to dip our bums in hot waters of Hanmer Springs some 100km up north. We stayed there for four hours like lazy ducks changin[...]
Day 17: Queenstown - running away from NZ dollar capital Day 17: Queenstown - running away from NZ dollar capital
  • Day 17: Queenstown - running away from NZ dollar capital

  • We drove down to Queenstown the night before and spent an evening back in civilised world. I must admit it's nice to go back there from time to time. We ate out, had Spanish churros with dark chocolate and promenaded in the harbour all dressed up in our cleanest clothes. Never mind couches of Japane[...]