Travel DiaryPacific Voyages of Iga & Ale

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[...]
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 20: Morning Glory  Day 20: Morning Glory
  • Day 20: Morning Glory

  • We were still dreaming snow-peaked mountains and hot beef pies, when alarm clock rang at outrageous 4.50am. Well we were to blame. We signed ourselves up for 6.30 "Morning Glory" kayaking adventure. Plus we had an hours drive to do and breakfast to gobble up. It all took us more than we calculated, [...]
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[...]
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[...]
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 7-8: Windy Welly - shower quest and coffee indulgence Day 7-8: Windy Welly - shower quest and coffee indulgence
  • Day 7-8: Windy Welly - shower quest and coffee indulgence

  • Heralded by Lonely Planet as "the coolest little capital" Wellington really is little and cool and also very proud of its title. On a bad side, it's infamous for the weather. Its strong winds try to pull heads off and heavy rains come and go as they please. At least that's what we heard. I think the[...]
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[...]
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[...]
Hammocking at 4,000 Islands Hammocking at 4,000 Islands
  • Hammocking at 4,000 Islands

  • Our arrival to Laos begun with a scam on border with Cambodia. Unfortunately even though we knew we were being scammed we couldn't do anything about it. We didn't pay, we didn't get the visa. Simple. In the end everyone pays, just for the sake of peace of mind. From the border we went straight t[...]
Thai massage and watercolours Thai massage and watercolours
  • Thai massage and watercolours

  • Going back to the real world was a little tough. We were back in traffic, honking cars, hot streets and shops with souvenirs. To make the most of that comeback, as soon as we got off the 6am bus that brought us to Chaing Mai, we had cappuccino and chocolate croissants for breakfast. Marveling at the[...]