Travel DiaryPacific Voyages of Iga & Ale

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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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 [...]
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 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[...]
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 [...]
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 28-31: Last memories of New Zealand Day 28-31: Last memories of New Zealand
  • Day 28-31: Last memories of New Zealand

  • We spent our last four days mostly on driving. We had to return Hippie to Auckland and jump on the ferry and then catch the plane back to Sydney. Thankfully we had enough time to break it up a little and stop here and there to rest and see interesting places. More importantly we could not leave [...]
The Beach The Beach
  • The Beach

  • If I would ever imagine a modern Tortuga, it would look like Sihanouk Ville. Tortuga in pirate mythology is an idyllic island with cheap drink and sex. After spending two days in Sihanouk Ville, it was clear to us that a big percentage of holiday makers came there just for that. The town was lazy du[...]
Tea time any time in Hsipaw Tea time any time in Hsipaw
  • Tea time any time in Hsipaw

  • Water festival had a side effect. In Hsipaw I started coughing like an old smoker. The journey by train was long and uncomfortable, even though we had first class seats. The Burmese call it "buffalo train" because it's slow and rocks from side to side. The biggest attraction on the way was a steel b[...]
Red Hot Kampot Pepper Red Hot Kampot Pepper
  • Red Hot Kampot Pepper

  • Bus ride from Phnom Penh to Kampot took us 6 hours. It's only a over a hundred kilometers, but the road is so bad, the bus hardly goes more than 50kmh. Once we got to Kampot though we forgot all about uncomfortable buses, traffic of Phnom Penh and crowds of people. Kampot was a small tranquil town o[...]