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Introducing Gary Manners, your Canal St travel Expert.Online booking has changed the industry tremendously, but the personal touch can always provide added confidence together with many added value aspects to your trip.

Contact him today and ask about your plans.Happy to oblige and share many years of experience.

Luang Prabang: The Mellow Capital of Laos

Whilst Vientiane is the official capital of Laos, Luang Prabang can definitely take the title of capital of cool, calm beauty.
Situated in the north of the country, Luang Prabang scatters around the surrounding countryside on both sides of the mighty Mekong River, snaking its way southwards towards Vientiane.
Travellers arrive from all over the world to visit the generous amount of Buddhist temples in and around the city, and they don’t disappoint in their grandeur and sense of calm. Indeed, after the crowds of Bangkok and frenetic energy of Ho Chi Minh, walking the streets of Luang Prabang feels
lime stepping into an oasis of calm.
The walking pace slows, the eyes take in the compact houses and temples poking from above buildings and on top of tree-lined hills, and the temperature changes from red hot, to subtropical warm. Rather than scurrying back to the hotel to lie under the air conditioning, explorers can
spend the day temple-hopping, climbing Mount Phou Si, or watching the Buddhist monks collecting alms. Some are lucky enough to witness monks chanting from the temples, and provided you are respectful, you can watch or listen from nearby.
A personal highlight was catching a boat from one of the quiet side roads in the city centre and cruising along the river listening to ambient music and drinking an extremely satisfying cocktail. One of the highlights of an already impressive South East Asian experience.
Outside of the city, an hour’s taxi ride (or longer bike ride) takes you to the Kuang Si Falls - an impressive waterfall, nature trail and swimming area. The crowds are huge, but the experience is relaxing. Just remember to move a lot in the water or small, hungry fish make a beeline for your feet!
Luang Prabang: the perfect chance to experience the mellow side of South East Asia.
Andrew Collier for Canal St Online.

To make enquiries, call Gary Manners on 01618 267430

Published on - Tue, 28 Jul 2020

Secluded haven via our travel expert Gary Manners

As more of the world welcomes us back with open arms, the prospect of jetting off this year to enjoy the holiday moments that we’ve been looking forward to for so long feels tantalisingly close.
From far-flung private islands to remote retreats in the UK, these choices are sure to guarantee blissful privacy and seclusion.
Deciding where to visit first can be tricky, so that’s why I’m here to guide you through our flexible options, offer insight into how our best-loved destinations and resorts have adapted and create the perfect trip tailor-made to you.

Published on - Thu, 16 Jul 2020

Rural family retreat to Cumbria

Family escape to Thanet Well Lodge Retreat with our Gary Manners.
With some of the most impressive views of the Lake District from its location on the border of Greystoke Forest, Thanet Well Lodge Retreat is well positioned for a peaceful family escape away from the noise of everyday life, whilst surrounded by natural splendour.

Published on - Thu, 11 Jun 2020

Lockdown in Lisbon

Visiting Lisbon shortly before restrictions on travel started and the curfew was just beginning was a bittersweet experience. On the one hand, closures of galleries and museums meant that we were limited in the amount of culture we could indulge in, but as a result,
we walked around the city for hours, sampling Portuguese dishes and quaffing vinho verde like there was a curfew about to happen, oh wait…
Lisbon is a fantastic walking city: from the long stretch of waterfront stretching from the city to Belem (home of the famous pasteis de nata), to the alleyways of Alfama, the ancient moorish area now dotted with small restaurants and elderly ladies selling
ginjinha for one Euro outside their houses.
It’s no wonder that Alfama and the Bairro Alto are frequently voted as some of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world, the latter being home to large-scale street art on several buildings and a strong art scene.
Less than an hour on the train, is the town of Sintra, spilling down the hill like a colourful toy town, location is everything here and a brisk hill walk will bring you to several opulent palaces worthy of the endurance.
The big ticket here is Pena Palace, sitting elegantly at the top of the hill. Pena has been both a monastery and a regal summer residence for the Portuguese royal family, and is decorated to reflect both histories. A personal Sintra favourite is Quinta da
Regaleira, located further down the hill in its own gothic gardens replete with their own well and cave system.
Lisbon and the rest of the world maybe isolating and in lockdown, closing shutters in Graca and shutting up shop in Chiado, but still has the same magic that will bring people back once more.
Andrew Collier for Canal St Online.

Our very own Gary Manners can help with planning and booking (when possible) once the crisis is behind us all.

Published on - Tue, 24 Mar 2020