Travel DiaryPacific Voyages of Iga & Ale

Day 24: French heritage of Banks Peninsula Day 24: French heritage of Banks Peninsula
  • Day 24: French heritage of Banks Peninsula

  • It kept on raining and raining. According to weather forecast it was supposed to stay like this until the end of the week. Great. It was our last week in New Zealand and we had to hide in the van. Bad weather and late ferry messed up our plans. New Zealand is all about outdoors and so there isn't mu[...]
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[...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Thai massage and watercolours Thai massage and watercolours
  • Thai massage and watercolours

  • Going back to the real world was a little tough. We were back in traffic, honking cars, hot streets and shops with souvenirs. To make the most of that comeback, as soon as we got off the 6am bus that brought us to Chaing Mai, we had cappuccino and chocolate croissants for breakfast. Marveling at the[...]
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 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 [...]
Voluntary prison sentence - a day in monastery Voluntary prison sentence - a day in monastery
  • Voluntary prison sentence - a day in monastery

  • "Can you live without her for 3 days?" snorted senior monk pointing in my direction. We only just arrived and wanted to get our bearings around the monastery. We were taken to a senior monk who read out rules of conduct to us and made us pray to Buddha right away. We just got off a tuk tuk that brou[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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 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 [...]