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[...]
Tuk tuk sir?! - Food, people and past of Phnom Penh (6-10 Dec 2013) Tuk tuk sir?! - Food, people and past of Phnom Penh (6-10 Dec 2013)
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[...]
Day 4: Steams of sulfur and sleeping volcanos Day 4: Steams of sulfur and sleeping volcanos
  • Day 4: Steams of sulfur and sleeping volcanos

  • Last night we arrived to Rotorua, the sulfur city or RotoVegas as some like to call it. The smell of rotten eggs was already evident 15km before the city,  but it didn't discourage us from exploring the area. Rotorua is NZ's most dynamic thermal area with geysers, steaming hot springs and boiling ho[...]
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[...]
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[...]
Sailing the waters of Nam Ou river Sailing the waters of Nam Ou river
  • Sailing the waters of Nam Ou river

  • After a very bumpy drive north we arrived to a tiny town of Nong Khiew. It was tranquil, pretty and friendly. Tucked at the feet of tall limestone mountains, it was divided in two by Nam Ou river. It was just a perfect spot for spending a few active days after the laziness of Luang Prabang. We arriv[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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 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[...]