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. [...]
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 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[...]
Buddhist monks with hot crossaints Buddhist monks with hot crossaints
  • Buddhist monks with hot crossaints

  • Luang Prabang always sounded exotic and mystically intriguing. Buddhist Mecca, town of saffron-robed monks and golden temple roofs. We imagined it a little bit shabby, scruffy and worn out. A place where time stopped or had never arrived. What we found instead was way beyond our imagination. Both fo[...]
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[...]
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 21&22: Magnificent Mount Cook Day 21&22: Magnificent Mount Cook
  • Day 21&22: Magnificent Mount Cook

  • Waking up with the ceiling 20cm above our heads and having to joggle around all our stuff to do and undo the bed started to take its toll. We were slowly getting tired of living on 4m long 2m wide space. Especially after yesterday. On the kayaking trip we met two Spanish guys. When we were walking b[...]
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 [...]
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[...]
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 15-16: Welcome to heaven Day 15-16: Welcome to heaven
  • Day 15-16: Welcome to heaven

  • What we got in the campground was just a taster of Wanaka's beauty. We were planning to stay one day in the area, but it was not enough. The truth is an eternity wouldn't be enough. We stayed there for two days and did two completely different but equally stunning tracks. We got to Wanaka on a Su[...]