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Hutsadin Elephant Foundation

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Address: 176 Moo 7 Nongplub Rd, Hua Hin 77110, Thailand
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Hutsadin Elephant Foundation offers the visitor a variety of attractions....

Hutsadin Elephant Foundation offers the visitor a variety of attractions. At present we have 4 elephants available for trekking or for our latest option of bareback riding. Each trek or ride will take you through the surrounding areas. After your trek you will be able to watch a small show by our youngest elephant, or if you would prefer you are welcome to wash her instead and there will be plenty of opportunities for some amazing photos. After this you may want to visit our retired elephants.

 

If you prefer a more hands approach, you may want to try our 'mahout experience' where you will get a talk about the foundation and its ethos plus the individual stories of all our elephants and why they were rescued, you will also help to take care of our retired elephants for the morning(9.00a.m - 12.00), in this time you will get to prepare food, give medication, clean their shelters, take one for a walk and then give her a wash. Will receive a t shirt to remember your time with us and you are welcome to have a free vegetarian lunch and ice cream to finish your morning. (please e mail for details as only available on certain days and only small groups are taken). If you can't spare three hours but still want something 'hands on' you can take one of elephants for a walk and then wash then on return - approximately 1/2 hour. If you just want to have a look around the foundation and chat to some of the English speaking volunteers you are more than welcome and there is no charge, however they are only there on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday morning. All of our elephants have been rescued and all have their own story, there is an information board near the seating area where you can learn more about each individual elephant.A final word to clarify the situation :- you may be asked for a tip or to buy trinkets from the mahouts - this is entirely up to you and is not supported by the foundation. Any money that you give to the mahouts DOES NOT go into the foundation funds and is not used to buy food etc (no matter what you may be told). Should you wish to make a donation please put it into the box in the front office or give to one of the volunteers. As a warning, some taxi/tuk tuk drivers will try to take you to other elephant attractions - to ensure that you come to Hutsadin phone the number at the top of the page we can provide a taxi that will bring you here. If you are making your own way, our staff all wear white clothing, volunteers wear Hutsadin t shirts. We are located at the very top of the hill (coming from town) on the right hand side, go past the signs and turning for Elephant Village We hope that you enjoy your visit and find it a memorable experience.Please post your comments on tripadvisor for the benefit of others.

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Fab place to be close to elephants

This is a 10 minute drive from central Hua Hin and well worth the visit. You get a chance to be very close to the elephants, to wash them and take a walk with them. The UK... read more

Reviewed 25 December 2016
Dominik L
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Woking
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Reviewed 25 December 2016

This is a 10 minute drive from central Hua Hin and well worth the visit. You get a chance to be very close to the elephants, to wash them and take a walk with them. The UK voulanteers are very nice a friendly and the kids loved the elephants. Personally we would never pay to see the elephants do tricks... More 

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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this review

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit and the walk with an elephant activity. The hands on experiences are the only ones that the volunteers endorse and support. Our elephants don't do tricks and hopefully from next year the management will stop offering treks (on seats) and only offer bareback rides :) More 

Lubeck, Germany
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Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

I have been to this place last year. And to that time I found this place quite attractive as many of you. BUT I have been to Elephant Haven in Kanchanaburi yesterday. And now I can really say that this are REALLY happy elephants. They don't use the hook to command the elephants. They don't ride on the elephants and... More 

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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this review

Of course you are entitled to your opinion but it is very unfair to give us such a negative review based on a visit to another establishment. You were happy with your visit here a year ago and the conditions here have changed during the last year. More 

Hua Hin, Thailand
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Reviewed 24 December 2016

This was so good we may go again to volunteer and help. We loved washing ,feeding all elephants and walking the one in particular who liked her tongue tickled. We chose not to ride. It was a special feeling to be able to get up close and get to know their personalities and food likes and dislikes. The eldest at... More 

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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this review

We are so glad that you enjoyed your walk with Pheung Wan, probably the most gentle elephant in the world :) More 

Manchester
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Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

We didn't think it could get better after last year's amazing visit. But it was at least as good. Jo, an English volunteer spent many hours with us on the mahout experience. We walked an elephant who loves having her tongue tickled and we got very close to her. Getting to know what she likes to eat and the pecking... More 

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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this review

It is always such a huge compliment to have people visit us again and again, you become like close friends and we are so pleased to see you all. Song Kran is developing into a calm and friendly young elephant who loves to interact with everyone and the next time you visit us you will hopefully see an even bigger... More 

Kuopio, Finland
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Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Fabulous place, until my wife and son went for the ride with the elephants. After a while of riding the drivers stopped, turned around and started aggressively selling imitation ivory (!!!) jewellery. Difficult when sitting on an elephant as there is no way to escape. Sad, embarrassing and very much in conflict with the mission of the foundation. My 11yr... More 

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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this review

We are so sorry that you experienced this behavior from our mahouts - I can only apologize and report it to the owner of the foundation. However I urge anyone who comes across this type of behavior to complain to the duty manager at the time of the incident. It is too late now to deal with the individuals concerned... More 

Den Helder, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 11 December 2016

The Elephant foundation does very good work to preserve and take care of (specially) young elephants, who need help.

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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this review

We don't have any ages limits with our elephants- our youngest is 8 and the eldest is in her 80's :) More 

Sooke, Canada
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Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

We noticed the sign while driving back with our scooter from the art village. Not sure what to expect, we were very sceptical about the whole place. Seeing that they offer riding the elephants looked even more suspicious. We wanted to see elephants closer, so we decided on their smallest package to buy a basket of bananas and feed the... More 

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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this review

So glad that you decided to give us a chance. Of course not one of us volunteers are happy with the trekking which is why we are working really hard to offer alternatives that give you an excellent hands on opportunity. Hope you do come back for the mahout experience but booked quickly via e mail as we get booked... More 

Horsens, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

We had a great stay with interesting information about the elephants. No Elephant riding and no Elephant show..... We feed the elephants and it was possible to give an Elephant a bath. The volunteers did a great job. Thank you.

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Joanna H, volnteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this review

Thanks for our 1,000th review :) More 

Wakefield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

We read several reviews before visiting here. Some very indifferent and insinuating cruelty, my own personal experience was quite the opposite. This elephant rescue home is for some magnificent animals a lot with some behavioural problems and a bit like most people , a few issues ! All the animals here have been abused mistreated either abandoned or dumped. The... More 

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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this review

Thank you for your honest review of Hutsadin. I would however like to point out that the volunteers that you meet are just that, we all give our time for free and any money paid for any of the activities taken goes to the owner (and therefore the running costs). Any donations given to a volunteer goes directly to the... More 

Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 December 2016

There are different packages you can buy here, we chose to ride the Elephants Bare Back for 1hr. This was fantastic, the staff were happy to take many photos of you on the elephant without having to pay extra.. the only thing I didnt like is the men on the Elephants get out a tin of bracelets/necklaces and demand you... More 

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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the opportunity to ride one of elephants bareback. Sorry that the mahouts tried to pressure you into buying their trinkets - I hope you didn't give in. We would love to be able to stop this but as volunteers here we don't have enough clout:) More 

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