Travel DiaryPacific Voyages of Iga & Ale

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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
New Zealand Highlights New Zealand Highlights
  • New Zealand Highlights

  • Fiordland National Park, South Island, NZ Mt Cook, South Island, NZ Mt Cook, South Island, NZ Kaikoura, South Island, NZ Nydia Walk, Marlborough Sounds, South Island, NZ Nydia Bay, Marlborough Sounds, South Island, NZ Tongariro National Park, North Island, NZ Au[...]
Day 13: Due palle day Day 13: Due palle day
  • Day 13: Due palle day

  • Last night we finally found use for TV we have in the van. We used it as socks dryer! After doing laundry we needed all the space we could afford for drying clothes. String that we have in the van is so short it only fits two t-shirts, so we had to hang all the rest anywhere we could. The night was [...]
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 [...]
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[...]
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[...]
Southern circuit - Mawlamyine to Yangoon Southern circuit - Mawlamyine to Yangoon
  • Southern circuit - Mawlamyine to Yangoon

  • So we run away from the monastery and now what? Our time in Myanmar was close to the end, but we had another 3 days to fill. We spent the first night in Mawlamyine - base camp for the monastery - but there was absolutely nothing to do, so we left the following morning. We went on a 4h boat trip [...]
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[...]