Monthly Archives: April 2015

Why Cambodia is our Favourite SE Asia destination

Cambodia is an amazing country surrounded by amazing countries. But what makes it our favourite?

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Simply, it’s the balance of tourism, temples, history, beaches, exploration and pure unspoiled natural beauty.

DCIM100GOPROIt has something to offer for a lot of people, with Siem Reap and Phnom Penh drawing in huge crowds for the epic temples and incredible history, the southern beaches offering late nights and lazy days for the party crowd and islands, mountains, rivers and more to be explored, the variety satisfies all tastes and allows longer term visitors enough variation to stay interested. Continue reading Why Cambodia is our Favourite SE Asia destination

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Another Update

I have now moved to Hurstpierpoint, near Brighton, which means great access to the sussex downs and some incredible countryside, while still having easy access into London and Brighton. We’re working on some more reviews of UK cities and then we’ll get started on Cambodia and the South East Asian saga again.

Thank you for your patience and hope you’ll enjoy the new batch

Tignes with Wasteland Ski and BUSC: Part 2

Continued from Part 1

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IMG_20150318_123120The bars in Le Lac were pretty limited to Loop bar, although I heard that there were also some great restaurants in the village. Val Claret dominated there, with Saloon and DropZone offering student friendly prices and plenty of others happy to host us for a few hours. Some dishing out the shooters and others providing some cringe-worthy karaoke opportunities. Every night ended of course in either Club Melting or Blue Girl, both fairly typical resort clubs, with cheesy house and sleazy guys, but a good atmosphere when packed out with young brits.

IMG_20150319_123059The RAU lot were pretty mellow, with a lot of them enjoying the slope-side restaurants more than the late night bars, these guys could afford to splash a bit of cash so weren’t put off drinking at the Folie, but there were only a few each night that made it past the bars and onto the clubs. Their fierce independance also made it tricky to keep a large group together, often leaving two half empty bars, rather than one nice busy one.

IMG_20150318_145036The BUSC warm up week was a little odd, with so many newbie reps in resort to train, and so much to prepare for the next week we had very sporadic work and very few actual customers to look after. It meant getting plenty of snow time in, although the weather started to close in which caused a couple of no ride days. It was nice to check out the various BRITS events going on as well, including the jam style Bangers and Cash rail comp, and there really were some bangers going down.

IMG_20150327_152441The final week was the Main Event, big ticketed parties every night and lots of competitions each day. Unfortunately the weather didn’t improve much, so a lot of the comps were cancelled, but all of the evening plans went ahead, including a party on the glacier, a forest rave and the Wet Mess pool party. These were sandwiched between the opening and closing ceremonies, the former a chilled event out in the snow, and the latter a huge club built inside the sports centre with big name DJs. With transfers, acts, security and so much more to organise the BUSC guys did an amazing job to keep everything going, with all the evening event going off with barely a hitch (a few delays never hurt anyone) Certainly the reaction from each event was very positive and it was great to be a part of it all.

I’d be happy to recommend Tignes as a resort, and Main Event as a package to any student, and while VC might not suit everyone, Le Lac has great facilities for families as well. Overall a pretty awesome place for a week long party.

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Benjamin Duff

@versestravel

Tignes with Wasteland Ski and BUSC: Part 1

So my last trip out to France for the season was to Tignes for three weeks. The first week was with WastelandSki and Ciren Snow, part of the RAUSS. The last two week were with BUSC for their Main Event.

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Tignes itself is split into a few villages spreading up the valley. The main is Le Lac, but the nightlife is a little further up in Val Claret, which is where we were based for our time. Val Claret has the usual affair of Sherpas, rental shops and restaurants, but it is also host to most of the English speaking late night bars and both of the resorts nightclubs. This perhaps makes it a little less suitable for families, but certainly suits the students.

IMG_20150323_120939The skiable area is pretty impressive, with plenty of runs and lifts all throughout the Tignes valley, and it’s only a single lift over into the Val D’isere area if you have the extended Espace Killy pass. It’s worth getting, if only to save you the bus fare home if you take a wrong turning out of the Folie. It is possible to get back home again if you do decide on some apres though, just make sure you make it for the last chair back over! From Val Claret it’s easy to get up to the glacier thanks to the funicular that runs through the middle of the mountain, to the park via two short chairs, and down the valley to the rest of the Tignes area, either via the free buss or the more adventurous route over the hills. There’s a good mix of runs, although the best of the beginners areas is from Le Lac, so a few groups were getting the shuttle down for the start of their lessons, which is a little impractical for newbies in ski boots.

IMG_20150313_093117Both the Tignes and Val park are accessible on the Tignes pass, although it’s rather a long lap for the Val park. The main park certainly does the job however, with a good range of features for all ranges of abilities. With the BRITS competition during the second week and the Main Event competitions going on through the last getting some park time was a little tricky, but well worth it for the adrenalin rush. Closer to the town was the half-pipe which was a staggering 22′ superpipe while we were there. This is thanks to various international events throughout February that pushed it up from the usual 18′ pipe. Still we gave it a go, and felt the rush from that as well.

IMG_20150319_201625During our stay, as well as the various events that we were working with were a couple of open professional events that really added some spectacle to the stay. One of the best things of being in a resort with high standard features is that these events can surprise you whilst on holiday, as we found after leaving our mountain meal only to find the ‘Air Ladies‘ event in full flow giving us a chance to check out some incredible tricks in the pipe, flood lit and soundtracked by the resort.

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Continued in the next blog

Benjamin Duff

@versestravel

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