Travel DiaryPacific Voyages of Iga & Ale

Magic that awakes at dawn Magic that awakes at dawn
  • Magic that awakes at dawn

  • Bagan is Myanmar's prime cultural sight and as such it attracts crowds of national and international visitors. It is what Angkor Wat is to Cambodians. When we were there it was atmospheric, magical and... scorching hot. The temperature reached 43 degrees during the day and over 30 degrees at night. [...]
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[...]
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 [...]
Angkor What? Angkor What?
  • Angkor What?

  • Cambodia could not be ticked off the bucket list without seeing Angkor Vat and the time came that we went to Siem Reap. We were procrastinating for a long time, finding any excuse for not going there just yet, but our visa was not unlimited and time started to shrink. The only reason we were not ove[...]
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 [...]
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[...]
Day 2 & 3: Glow Worms and Black Water Rafting Day 2 & 3: Glow Worms and Black Water Rafting
  • Day 2 & 3: Glow Worms and Black Water Rafting

  • In the afternoon of the same day we left Auckland. There was many more to see in that city, but we were hungry of countryside and nature. Next stop on our itinerary were Waitomo Caves famous for their glow worms and spectacular underground cave system. As soon as we left the big city we plunged into[...]
LAOS LAOS
  • LAOS

  • "One need only set foot in Laos to feel that there is something uniquely poetic in the air. The days are long and slow, and the people have a tranquil sweetness that is not found elsewhere in Indochina." Tiziano Terzani, A fortune teller told me. Arriving in Laos was like entering a time bubble w[...]
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[...]
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 [...]
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[...]
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[...]