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[...]
When dollar takes over - traveling through Inle Lake When dollar takes over - traveling through Inle Lake
  • When dollar takes over - traveling through Inle Lake

  • Bummer! I was sick again. Night bus dropped us off in Nyaungshwe by Inle Lake at 5 am and all night in air-con bus made me feel much worse. I coughed like a tractor and had spikes in my throat. I had been sick so many times in the last few months that I thought I'd pass my last month of travel i[...]
Urban sauna - summer in Yangoon Urban sauna - summer in Yangoon
  • Urban sauna - summer in Yangoon

  • So here we are! Myanmar - our last destination. As soon as we landed in Yangoon we were hit by a heat wave. It was 38 degrees and as we were driving from the airport in a non air-conditioned minivan, we wondered how we would cope with the heat. Our hotel room did not have air-con and walking into it[...]
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 [...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
Venice Cambodian style Venice Cambodian style
  • Venice Cambodian style

  • "If you're after a real Cambodian experience, go to Kompong Luong," Jast, a German traveler told us in Kep. And we did. It took us around 5 hours by bus, motobike and boat to get from Phnom Penh to our destination, but it was absolutely worth the effort. Kompong Luong is a village like no other.[...]
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 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[...]
Day 9: 2am Ferry and Marlborough Sounds  Day 9: 2am Ferry and Marlborough Sounds
  • Day 9: 2am Ferry and Marlborough Sounds

  • We finished the tour of North Island with a blast. Most things in our itinerary were crossed out (with a few stops left on the way back) and it was time to jump over to the South Island and finally get the taste of the mountain scenery NZ was so famous for. All the ferries during the day were booked[...]
Day 19: Regeneration day and road to Milford Day 19: Regeneration day and road to Milford
  • Day 19: Regeneration day and road to Milford

  • Weather forecast said it was supposed to rain today so we booked our kayaking trip for tomorrow and made it a regeneration day after Kepler Track. We had a slow breakfast in deluxe kitchen of our four star holiday park, did some grocery shopping, had a beef pie each and left Te Anau after lunch. Mil[...]