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“#1 elephant foundation in Hua Hin”

Hutsadin Elephant Foundation
Ranked #3 of 57 things to do in Hua Hin
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Owner description: As from 1st October 2017 we are proud to announce that trekking will no longer be offered at Hutsadin, instead we offer our visitors a range of activities that promote a close interaction with our elephants. In a safe environment for both elephant and visitor. Here you can take a bareback ride, walk with an elephant, shower and feed them or simply visit us. We also offer educational talks 3 days a week and a 3 hour mahout experience is available twice a week. Check out our website activities page where you will find full descriptions of the activities that we offer along with costs.
Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

An incredible experience walking, washing and feeding the elephants at this volunteer led sanctuary for old, retired and rescued elephants. A very special place that needs to be seen and appreciated. A must do in Hua Hin.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2018

Thank you for giving us such a good review and recommendation. Walking with an elephant is an amazing opportunity to get so close to one of the worlds most adored creatures :)

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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

We visited at 10am and did the walk with elephant for 800 baht pp.
The whole visit was about 45 mins. We had a gorgeous young female elephant who was in good health and very keen for her morning walk!
We met John, our assigned English guide (from the UK) who is very friendly and passionate about the elephants and foundation and patiently answered all our questions (there were 9 of us in our family group!)
The mahout Charlie who walked with us offered some beautiful resin bracelets and necklaces which our children bought for about 250 baht. A nice way to further provide for these people doing good things here.
We went on a walk, feeding the elephant bananas they provided on the way around - she can eat a lot! When we returned we used the hose to shower her down, she loved it!
This is a really special experience to get up close and cuddle an elephant which none of us had done before. They are well cared for and it's sad to read about their history but so nice to know they are now in a happy home.
The foundation plan to build them a waterhole next, so I hope they do.
I highly recommend this experience to anyone visiting Hua Hin, it was definitely one of the highlights of our trip!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Sharon R
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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2018

Thank you for choosing our walk with an elephant activity. We are glad that your whole family enjoyed the experience and were happy to share your opinion with others.
I've actually been on holiday for a few weeks and didn't even know we had a volunteer called John so all credit to the man he's obviously learnt his stuff quickly :) That's the dedication of the volunteers we have :)

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Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

We had a walk with Koone Mi today. The guide Walter was excellent and was very knowledgeable. The kids loved walking with them and loads of opportunity for photos.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Linda L
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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2018

We are pleased that you enjoyed your walk with Boon Mei (our only male elephant). Walter is a very knowledgeable volunteer and loves to go out with our huge bull elephant, he is very impressive :)

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Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

Wow what an experience to meet all the elephants.
Got so many photos. Got to walk, feed, shower and cuddle them.

Just unfortunate the amount of dumb people there actually are.
Getting up too close where the elephant can’t see you. (Especially with kids)
People trying to take photos of the elephant in the area that you have paid for to get photos.
Stay away from them when others are with the elephants.

But all in all a must do in Hua Hin’
Give money to the foundation!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank mitchys2018
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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2018

Thanks for your review - I'm sorry if some of the other visitors were trying to muscle into your time with the elephants, as you witnessed we do try to keep things flowing and at the end of the day you did have a great time. Thanks for your support :)

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Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

This was our third visit to Hutsadin and we were pleased to see everything is going well at this important establishment in Hua Hin. We enjoyed the 'Walking alongside the Elephant' activity which allows you to go for a walk with one of the elephants and then take them back for a shower and to feed them. You can get very close to these wonderful animals as well as being able to learn a lot from Jo and the team of volunteers about their lifestyles and the difficulties they face in modern Thailand. We think it is great value for money and a good opportunity to contribute to a very worthy cause. Without a doubt one of the best visitor attractions in Hua Hin and we would recommend spending an hour or two there.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank JohnT42
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Joanna H, Volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review..
It was a pleasure for me personally to meet you for the third time! And of course it is so rewarding for us that you can see the progress we are making.
Looking forward to seeing you again in the future

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