Travel DiaryPacific Voyages of Iga & Ale

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 11: 'Are you booked in?' Day 11: 'Are you booked in?'
  • Day 11: 'Are you booked in?'

  • Today alarm clock rang at 6am. We had a 23km walk in Abel Tasman Park before us and had to take water taxi to our destination. This walk was one of the most exciting points on our NZ map. The track went along the coast and could take from 3 to 5 days to complete. We only could do one day and had to [...]
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[...]
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[...]
Creative kitsch of Dalat Creative kitsch of Dalat
  • Creative kitsch of Dalat

  • Vietnam's coast line is 3,400km long and it often took us 12 hours to get from one place to another. Vietnam was the first country in SEA where we had to be time conscious when traveling. It was simply too big to hammock for days in one place. To save time we traveled on sleeper buses. We got on in [...]
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[...]
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 [...]
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 12: Glamping in Nelson Lakes Day 12: Glamping in Nelson Lakes
  • Day 12: Glamping in Nelson Lakes

  • After 11 days on the road we started running out of everything. Fridge battery was down, there was no water in the sink and we only had one clean pair of socks left, not to mention the mountain of plates that needed immediate attention. It was a clear sign that we needed to stop on a proper campgrou[...]
When dollar takes over - traveling through Inle Lake When dollar takes over - traveling through Inle Lake
  • When dollar takes over - traveling through Inle Lake

  • Bummer! I was sick again. Night bus dropped us off in Nyaungshwe by Inle Lake at 5 am and all night in air-con bus made me feel much worse. I coughed like a tractor and had spikes in my throat. I had been sick so many times in the last few months that I thought I'd pass my last month of travel i[...]
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[...]