Travel DiaryPacific Voyages of Iga & Ale

Hustle and bustle of oriental dame Hustle and bustle of oriental dame
  • Hustle and bustle of oriental dame

  • Hanoi... Whenever I heard this name in the past I thought of a far away place, as exotic as Deli for the first Englishmen, with streets overflowing with motorbikes and food everywhere at every hour. Busy, mixed, mingled and turned up side down. And it is exactly how we found it. After alm[...]
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 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[...]
Day 5: Super Loo and van in a ditch Day 5: Super Loo and van in a ditch
  • Day 5: Super Loo and van in a ditch

  • In Taupo we woke up to a beautiful view of Taupo Lake stretching before us for miles. It's NZ's biggest lake with an astounding 193km in perimeter. It was huge and pretty and it would all be perfect if it was not for dark clouds hanging low above us. It's been pouring rain all night and there were n[...]
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[...]
Catch me if you can Catch me if you can
  • Catch me if you can

  • Vietnam started off eventfully right from the very beginning. The journey from Luang Namtha in Laos to Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam was a taxing 12h bus ride on narrow windy roads in the mountains. To add chill to already nauseating ride, most part of the road on the Vietnamese side was in construction,[...]
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 [...]
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 27: Nydia Walk and treat at Pelorous River Day 27: Nydia Walk and treat at Pelorous River
  • Day 27: Nydia Walk and treat at Pelorous River

  • Sun came out!!! Yahoooooooooo... what a joy to feel rays of sun warming our faces! Finally. We got up early, dressed quickly and went on an 8h walk that we hoped for. The whole track was 27km long and was suposed to take 2 days. We didn't have the means of doing it over 2 days, so we went in for 4 h[...]
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[...]
Wild kids of Tad Lo Wild kids of Tad Lo
  • Wild kids of Tad Lo

  • We settled in Tad Lo well and quickly fell in love with it. It was a tiny little village right on a beautiful waterfall. We were staying in a small bungalow made of bamboo, wood and straw and, what's best, it was almost touching the river. People were very open and friendly. They passed their calm a[...]
Don't worry, be mindful Don't worry, be mindful
  • Don't worry, be mindful

  • We arrived to Thailand exhausted from constant traveling and we swore that we would slow down once we're out of Bangkok. Vietnam was an overwhelming country, very pretty and inspiring, but traveling from North to South in a month was very intense. We couldn't wait to stop. But we had to go through B[...]