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104This city is several hours west of Bangkok towards the border with [[Myanmar]] and has several features. The most famous one is the nearby Bridge over the River Kwai, part of the infamous Death Railway. Other things to see include several cemetaries including the Kanchanaburi War and Chongkai War cemetary. Close to the bridge is the Art Gallery and War Museum. 104This city is several hours west of Bangkok towards the border with [[Myanmar]] and has several features. The most famous one is the nearby Bridge over the River Kwai, part of the infamous Death Railway. Other things to see include several cemetaries including the Kanchanaburi War and Chongkai War cemetary. Close to the bridge is the Art Gallery and War Museum.
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106===Elephants of Thailand===106===Elephants of Thailand===
107The elephant is the National Symbol of Thailand however they face a decline in natural habitat, ivory poachers, and even killing by humans hands. Mahouts (elephant handlers) often bring domesticated elephants into cities seeking work and sell bananas to tourists to feed them, which can place them in danger due to the damaged roads and footpaths on which they walk, as well as the busy roads. There are also many tours in Thailand offering tourists a ride on an elephant in a tiny basket on their backs. 107[Photo|313009]The elephant is the National Symbol of Thailand however they face a decline in natural habitat, ivory poachers, and even killing by humans hands. Mahouts (elephant handlers) often bring domesticated elephants into cities seeking work and sell bananas to tourists to feed them, which can place them in danger due to the damaged roads and footpaths on which they walk, as well as the busy roads. There are also many tours in Thailand offering tourists a ride on an elephant in a tiny basket on their backs.
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109There is an [[http://www.changthai.com/|Elephant Conservation Park]] in Lampang, northern Thailand (just south of Chiang Mai) where people can see great work being done to accommodate and care for Elephants that have been injured, retired from hard labour and rescued, as well as undertake a Mahout training course over 1, 2 or 3 days. It offers accommodation in the camp and you can learn everything you need to know about the plight of the Thai Elephant (and how to drive one!!). See the website for details and bookings. 108There is an [[http://www.changthai.com/|Elephant Conservation Park]] in Lampang, northern Thailand (just south of Chiang Mai) where people can see great work being done to accommodate and care for Elephants that have been injured, retired from hard labour and rescued, as well as undertake a Mahout training course over 1, 2 or 3 days. It offers accommodation in the camp and you can learn everything you need to know about the plight of the Thai Elephant (and how to drive one!!). See the website for details and bookings.
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221===By Plane===220===By Plane===
222[[http://www.thaiair.com/|Thai Airways]] and [[http://www.airasia.com/|Air Asia]] both have domestic services. Airplane is the safest and quickest way to travel in Thailand but also less adventurous. From Bangkok, you can fly to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hat Yai, Krabi, Narathiwat, Phuket, Ranong, Surat Thani, Ubon Ratchathani and Udon Thani. 221[[http://www.thaiair.com/|Thai Airways]] and [[http://www.airasia.com/|Air Asia]] both have domestic services. Airplane is the safest and quickest way to travel in Thailand but also less adventurous. From Bangkok, you can fly to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Koh Samui, Hat Yai, Krabi, Narathiwat, Phuket, Ranong, Surat Thani, Ubon Ratchathani and Udon Thani.
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224===By Train===223===By Train===
225The [[http://www.railway.co.th/english/index.asp|State Railway of Thailand's website]] contains train timetables and prices. Trains are safe but runs relatively slow in Thailand. But if you are not in a hurry it can be a great experience to travel by train. Meals can be bought on the train and the train will normally also have a bar. If you travel overnight make sure to book well in advance and avoid public holidays since the trains will be packed will people going home to their provinces. Also make sure to book a lower berth: It is wider than the upper berth and therefore much more comfortable. It is possible you sleep really well on the train. The movements of the train which are due to the connection of the rails, makes it very easy to sleep. 1st class sleeper are quite boring except ofcourse when sleeping because it just consists of a 2-person closed compartment with two berths so save the money and book a ticket for 2nd class instead and you will have a better chance for seeing and talking to other people. 224The [[http://www.railway.co.th/english/index.asp|State Railway of Thailand's website]] contains train timetables and prices. Trains are safe but runs relatively slow in Thailand. But if you are not in a hurry it can be a great experience to travel by train. Meals can be bought on the train and the train will normally also have a bar. If you travel overnight make sure to book well in advance and avoid public holidays since the trains will be packed will people going home to their provinces. Also make sure to book a lower berth: It is wider than the upper berth and therefore much more comfortable. It is possible to sleep really well on the train. The movements of the train which are due to the connection of the rails, makes it very easy to sleep. 1st class sleeper are quite boring except of course when sleeping because it just consists of a 2-person closed compartment with two berths so save the money and book a ticket for 2nd class instead and you will have a better chance for seeing and talking to other people.
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227===By Car===226===By Car===
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229===By Bus===228===By Bus===
230There is a wide web of bus routes all around Thailand, but buses are not always that safe. Try to avoid bying your bus-ticket in a very touristed area if possible: There is a big chance that you can have a cheap ticket but on a shitty bus that can break down any time. If possible you should instead go directly to the bus-terminal where you can buy tickets for different classes on the buses that Thais themselves use, from the cheapest 3rd class to the more expensive 2nd and 1st class air-conditioning and the excellent VIP busses. This is more expensive but definitely worth the money when travelling a longer distance and also a lot safer since two drivers will take turns on driving instead of a low-budget bus route that only has one driver even for long overnight journeys.229There is a wide web of bus routes all around Thailand, but buses are not always that safe. Try to avoid buying your bus ticket in a very touristed area if possible: There is a big chance that you can have a cheap ticket but on a shitty bus that can break down any time. If possible you should instead go directly to the bus terminal where you can buy tickets for different classes on the buses that Thais themselves use, from the cheapest 3rd class to the more expensive 2nd and 1st class air-conditioning and the excellent VIP buses. This is more expensive but definitely worth the money when travelling a longer distance and is also a lot safer since two drivers will take turns on driving instead of a low-budget bus route that only has one driver even for long overnight journeys.
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232===By Boat===231===By Boat===
233The [[http://www.chaophrayaboat.co.th/|Chao Phraya Express Boat]] operates river boat services between the city of [[Nonthaburi]] and Rat Burana district of [[Bangkok]].232The [[http://www.chaophrayaboat.co.th/|Chao Phraya Express Boat]] operates river boat services between the city of [[Nonthaburi]] and Rat Burana district of [[Bangkok]].