Rachelgerard

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It was a very sad experience to visit this place. Usually when Elephant 'rides' are offered the elephant are treated poorly. And here, the trainers abuse the elephants, this is still a common practice in some parts of Thailand so look instead for elephant "sanctuaries" and places that offer elephant visits. It will be a much more enjoyable experience.

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The reclining Buddha at Wat Lokayasutharam is part of the historical park and definitely one of the sights to visit. This Buddha is massive and although there are reclining Buddhas in many temples in Thailand this was the biggest and most historical one I've seen. If you are in Ayutthaya make sure you go to this Wat and see the reclining Buddha, the ticket fee for just this site is 50 baht but if you get a ticket for entrance to all the sites it costs 200 baht and saves you some money.

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The ruins here are Amazing. Ayutthaya is a great day or weekend trip away from Bangkok. The historical park actually consists of various sights that are a few kilometers away from eachother and each part of the park has its own entrance fee. You can purchase a ticket for all the sights for around 200 baht or pay individually if you only plan on going to only certain sights. The best way to get around to each site is to either rent a Tuk Tuk or bicycle for the day as walking can be really grueling in the heat.

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I visited this Robinson mainly to get Dairy Queen because it's availible in most major malls like this in Thailand. Robinson was pretty standard, it had most of the stores you would expect like Oriental Pricess, H&M and Mango and some good food selections. You can look up the list of stores in the directory online. Visiting this mall is a good way to get in some department store shopping and take a break from rural life if you are sick of the mainly markets and local restaurants in Kanchanaburi.

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Although I did expect Patong beach to be worse based solely on the amount of tourists I saw roaming the streets of Phuket and things I've heard, it actually wasn't so bad. It was pretty clean and offered some nice but overpriced restaurants along the water. I wouldn't spend to much time here since you can easily take a tour to so many of the quieter and insanely beautiful surrounding islands, but if you need a chill day and don't want to go to far from you hotel/hostel (if you're staying in this area) Patong is a good spot to spend a few hours reading and relaxing.

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