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Kanchanaburi

Trekking

Jungle treks of one to four days are possible all over the region. They typically include bamboo rafting, elephant riding, visits to Karen villages, sampling local food, and sometimes a cultural performance. Stick to tour companies with Tourism Authority of Thailand licenses, which will be prominently displayed on the premises.

Good Times Travel. A reputable tour agency with a good track record, Good Times Travel offers all the usual highlights, including national parks, rafting, caves, and Karen village stays. 63/1 River Kwai Rd., Kanchanaburi, 71000. 034/624441. www.good-times-travel.com.

RSP Jumbo Travel. You can book everything here from day trips to waterfalls to weeklong itineraries that include rafting, elephant riding, and off-road adventures. Some tours include stays at upmarket hotels, so you don't have to give up creatures comforts. 3/13 Chao Kun Nen Rd., Kanchanaburi, 71000. 034/514906. www.jumboriverkwai.com.

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