Every morning, the elephants come with the Mahouts for their morning bath in the river then a hearty breakfast afterwards. Their "bathroom" was right behind our resort, the Jungle Rafts, so we got to see them go underwater and get their backs scrubbed. After bathing, we also had the chance to feed them breakfast, not your typical pay B20 Baht for a bunch of bananas, but a crate of pineapples, watermelons and other discarded fruits from the resort. The Mahouts were very nice and did not expect any tips or payments for the wonderful experience they shared with us. Although I did give them a tip because I was just too happy that morning.
Everyday at 3:30PM, the Monks of Wat Pa Luang Ta Ma Ha Bua bring out the tigers from their cages and let them walk around in the animal sanctuary. There is a B100 donation to get into this place. There are also other animals freely walking around, horses, cows, peacocks, goats and a hog. We were actually chased by the pig and a goat which turned out to be just following us. Seems he wanted to come home with us. Wonder why? Might he be fed to the tigers the next day? Kidding. We arrived at 1 PM, so the tigers were happily dozing off in their cages. They look well fed and healthy. All other animals roam around freely which is why you have to sign a waiver before you go inside. There is a sweet old man who guards the gate and he will happily explain and give directions in the Wat before you enter. There is a reception area outside the gate, toilet, and ample parking. To get there: travel about 30 kms from the River Kwai Bridge on Hway 323 towards Sai Yok Noi Waterfalls. the Wat is on the right side of the road with a huge sign. You'll know you're there when you see tiger statues milling around the side of the highway. Turn into the dirt road travel about 1 km or so til you reach the gate.
This was one of the bigger waterfalls that we got to experience at Erawan. And it had some nice cool water flowing over the rocks so we got cooled down without having to deal with those fish tickling our ribs and other body parts! LOL
Whatever you think about damning and flooding large areas of nature, 150 km away from town on Highway 323, this huge reservoir on Kwae Noi River has some raft and bungalow resorts with opportunities for boat rides, swimming and fishing. There is even a flooded temple visible above the waters that you can visit by boat.
You can also visit the hydro electric complex with the amazing facilities for the workers and their families who live there. The dam is 1000m long and 90m high and the view from the top is serene. You can drive to the top and park. There is a visitor's centre at the bottom but not always open so maybe no toilets!
There are green macaque monkeys living in the cliffs above, they are beautiful but not tame.
When I was there, one threw a rock at the policeman on guard, only just missing him but getting his moto! Deadly monkeys!
If visiting tourist trail of Kanchanaburi, get the bus north to Thon Pha Phum (3 hours approx & 35 bht approx) for an area of forested (and some deforested) mountains on the Burma border. You can also visit hill tribe villages.
National parks offer opportunities for either camping or trekking along nature trails. Camping facilities with cold running water and simple toilet facilities, are available at Chaloem Rattanakosin, Sai Yok and Erawan national parks. Trekking along either well-defined waterfall trails, or nature trails, to visit caves or appreciate local flora and fauna, is a popular activity.
Erawan waterfall can get busy, as can Sai Yok Noi & Sai Yok Yai but they are beautiful.
4x4 and elephant tours in and along streams/rivers to reach remote waterfalls and more rugged areas are great fun too.
There is much wildlife but it is shy and/or nocturnal and you aren't likely to see much of it other than great birds, insects and flora.
At the four points of the compass in the outer courtyard are four Wiharas (halls) containing images of Buddha in various postures.
One should take a time to see these famous and well-known Death Railway..Because when you're in the train you can't fully see these one so,it's advisable to take a stop in the Nom Tok Station.
As you might be able to tell I spent quite a bit of time walking near the river! I enjoyed myself just chatting with people and practising the little bit of Thai that I had learned.