Travel DiaryPacific Voyages of Iga & Ale

Day 14: Glaciers and sandfly attack Day 14: Glaciers and sandfly attack
  • Day 14: Glaciers and sandfly attack

  • We started the following day with a 3 hour walk around Okarito Lagoon. We were already close to the glaciers and could afford to spend the morning wandering around the only untouched by humans lagoon on the West Coast. It was a relaxing walk in the forest, yet this time we didn't get a reward. When [...]
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 [...]
Helpful tips for campers in NZ - where to sleep and shower for free (or almost free) Helpful tips for campers in NZ - where to sleep and shower for free (or almost free)
DAY 1 & 2: Easing pressure and setting foot on Kiwi land DAY 1 & 2: Easing pressure and setting foot on Kiwi land
  • DAY 1 & 2: Easing pressure and setting foot on Kiwi land

  • Finally! After hectic months of organisation we're on the road. Leaving Australia was not as easy as we initially thought both in emotional and bureaucratic sense. We had tonnes of paperwork to fill and almost all our belongings to sell, but the hardest part was saying goodbye to some of the friends[...]
Tea time any time in Hsipaw Tea time any time in Hsipaw
  • Tea time any time in Hsipaw

  • Water festival had a side effect. In Hsipaw I started coughing like an old smoker. The journey by train was long and uncomfortable, even though we had first class seats. The Burmese call it "buffalo train" because it's slow and rocks from side to side. The biggest attraction on the way was a steel b[...]
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 7-8: Windy Welly - shower quest and coffee indulgence Day 7-8: Windy Welly - shower quest and coffee indulgence
  • Day 7-8: Windy Welly - shower quest and coffee indulgence

  • Heralded by Lonely Planet as "the coolest little capital" Wellington really is little and cool and also very proud of its title. On a bad side, it's infamous for the weather. Its strong winds try to pull heads off and heavy rains come and go as they please. At least that's what we heard. I think the[...]
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 [...]
DIY Halong Bay DIY Halong Bay
  • DIY Halong Bay

  • Staying in Hanoi and not visiting Halong Bay? Cannot be! The world famous gorgeous Halong Bay was high on our list of desires and we would not be discouraged by rain, mist and cold. February is probably the worst month to visit, but we didn't care much. We had to see it, one way or another. 99% of p[...]
It rains even in paradise It rains even in paradise
  • It rains even in paradise

  • Rain and mist followed us from Halong Bay all the way to Tam Coc some 200km down. It was a little bit warmer, but humidity and rain started to become unbearable. Since the day we crossed the border with Vietnam two weeks earlier we were cold and wet, our shoes stunk from humidity and our good moods [...]
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 20: Morning Glory  Day 20: Morning Glory
  • Day 20: Morning Glory

  • We were still dreaming snow-peaked mountains and hot beef pies, when alarm clock rang at outrageous 4.50am. Well we were to blame. We signed ourselves up for 6.30 "Morning Glory" kayaking adventure. Plus we had an hours drive to do and breakfast to gobble up. It all took us more than we calculated, [...]