Travel DiaryPacific Voyages of Iga & Ale

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[...]
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 10: In pursuit of hoppiness Day 10: In pursuit of hoppiness
  • Day 10: In pursuit of hoppiness

  • Our next destination was Abel Tasman National Park, but we got distracted on the way by art and beer of Nelson. We were meant to stop there for quick grocery shopping and a visit to information centre, when we got side-tracked by Nelson's many art studios and pubs with locally brewed craft beer. Red[...]
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[...]
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,[...]
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 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[...]
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[...]
Into the Into the
  • Into the "jungle"

  • We were told that the bus from Siem Reap to Stung Treng would take 12h. It took 15h. Only 3 hours late, not a big deal, but after all day in a crapy bus we really needed to get out. We arrived at 8pm and on the way we had to take another bus-full of passengers on board. Their fancy air conditioned b[...]
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 [...]
Day 23: Re-Start Christchurch Day 23: Re-Start Christchurch
  • Day 23: Re-Start Christchurch

  • In 2010 and 2011 Christchurch was struck by two earthquakes that brought down most of its CBD district and killed 183 people. Today, two years later, the city centre is still one big construction zone. Squares that were once major attraction stood empty and haunted. Beloved by residents cathedral st[...]