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Hutsadin Elephant Foundation

176 Moo 7 Nongplub Rd | Prachaupkhirikhun, Hua Hin 77110, Thailand
032 827-098 100
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Ranked #1 of 21 Attractions in Hua Hin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Owner description: Hutsadin Elephant Foundation offers the visitor a variety of attractions. At present we have 3 elephants available for trekking. Each trek can be half an hour or an hour and you will be taken 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 can 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 (please e mail for details as only available on certain days).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.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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

After reading the positive reviews, I decided to visit hustadin and I am so glad I did. It is not very far out of town, we were staying at the Amari hotel and from the railway station I think it is about 15 minutes. The animals are definitely taken care of well, which was very important to me. We rode... More

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

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your trekking experience - whilst not for everyone, getting to ride on one of our majestic giants is an experience :) More

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

I visited Hutsadin Elephant Foundation with six of my friends and loved every second of it. It was a very informative few hours, in terms of both the work that is done there by the local Thais and the overseas volunteers, and the plight of these majestic animals in Thailand. We were able to accompany one of the rescued elephants... More

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

Thanks for taking the time to write your review - volunteers are always willing to talk to anyone who will listen about our gorgeous elephants and going out for a walk with one is as good as it gets. Definately a memorable experience for all concerned:) More

Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Be carefull when getting a taxi,etc here. Taxi drivers will try and take you to another elephant place close to this one, they get a fee for taking you to the other place!! (sorry can't remember the name) When I looked up the Hutsadin Elephant Foundation on the internet via Tripadvisor, I emailed them giving the dates we would be... More

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

Thanks for your lovely review - we do try to do what we can when unforeseen things get in the way of things. Just so pleased that my husband was able to save the day and that your wive got to live out her dream :) More

Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This place is great, a must visit when near Hua Hin. The elephants have all been rescued from pretty lousy lives. Ex farm, logging and tourist elephants who suffered injury and were of no use have been purchased and given a new life. Like most self funding sanctuaries it's not perfect but they do their very best on a small... More

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

Thank you for your really positive review - another excellent review for the mahout experience. It isn't just myself and my husband that make the mahout experience what it is, we have a small band of dedicated volunteers who all help to improve the life of our retired elephants. Of course we all care very much for them and will... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

we were bit nervous about visitng as you want to make the right choice when paying to see elephant, we were not too be disappointed. we booked for the 3hour experience as we didn't want ride. for 1000 baht each you got 3 hours quality time with elephants, unlimited photos, fruit to feed them and free gift at end. within... More

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

Thank you for your positive response to you experience with the volunteers. The mahout experience is, as you point out only taken in small groups to give it a much more person touch, as well as being safer for everyone concerned and indeed the elephants. The mahout experience isn't about trekking or shows, just hanging out and helping to care... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

The Hutsadin Elephant Foundation is just outside the downtown area and has both information and "hands on" elephant experiences for the visitor. Rides are available as well as shows and the ability to watch as the elephants are cared for. Have visited a number in Thailand and this is as good as they get.

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

Thank you for your lovely review, you forgot to mention that there is no admission charge so anyone can come in and meet our elephants for free :) More

Hua Hin, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Went with a friend. A little difficult finding this attraction from the neighbouring attraction. Not impressed with the elephant mahout offering Ivory jewellery for sale half way round. Whether the Ivory is real or not, just not good taste

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

You didn't say if you enjoyed your experience of trekking or not so it's a shame that the offer of jewelry (that for the price, you must know is not ivory) has tainted you visit to the foundation. Unfortunately in Thailand, especially at elephant attractions it has to be expected to be offered trinkets, it has always been accepted as... More

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We visited Hutsadin elephant foundation and we were not sure what to expect. We got to take one of the elephants for a walk, feed her bananas and help wash her. It was amazing! We got to interact with a few of the elephants, one of which is around 90 years old. These elephants have come from horrible backgrounds, and... More

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

Thank you for your review - it is an almost surreal experience to go out walking with an elephant and definitely not something you get to do everyday. Hope you got some amazing photos to remind you of it for ever :) More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 via mobile

Spent a fantastic morning learning about the elephants at the sanctuary and their histories. Walked, washed, fed and gave medication to them; an amazing hands on experience which you would struggle to find elsewhere. Jo is inspirational and we could have listened to her all day whilst mesmerised by the amazing elephants. Brilliant to see the love and affection with... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to write your review - another successful review for the mahout experience :) The volunteers are so proud of what we are trying to accomplish here and to get such positive reviews for our hands on opportunities gives us the boost we need to keep trying for change. Thank you once again. :) More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014 via mobile

Still having jet lag and not sleeping much so surfed Internet for things to do in Hua Hin, stumbled across Hutsadin . Sounded very interesting, emailed since limited time if we wanted to be there with English speaking volunteers, Mon, Wed, Fri. Jo emailed right back, open Wed and also asked for suggestion on how to get there. They do... More

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

Thank you for another lovely review of the mahout experience :) All of the volunteers are really pleased that you enjoyed your visit and especially the interaction with our elephants. We hope it remains an unforgettable experience until the next time :) More

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