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Hutsadin Elephant Foundation

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Address: 176 Moo 7 Nongplub Rd, Hua Hin 77110, Thailand
Phone Number: +66 81 199 0798
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Description: Hutsadin Elephant Foundation offers the visitor a variety of attractions...
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 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.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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It was nice to see the elephants and to learn a bit more about them. I think they are having a better life there, even though they seem to have little space and are still doing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Loughrea, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Very cool place. Amazing is a baby elephant who is doing hilarious things. Riding an adult elephant - an unforgettable experience! I rode on camels earlier but riding on an elephant is definitely a more extreme experience

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Canton of Basel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Although a Veterinarian i didnt know that it is painful for elephants to sit on their back.it was a wonderful Peaceful Day in this foundation.thanks Aly

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

It was nice to see the elephants and to learn a bit more about them. I think they are having a better life there, even though they seem to have little space and are still doing the usual elephant activities for tourists.

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Poole, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

A great day understanding the plight of elephants and other animals in Thailand. Walking the elephants and meeting all of the volunteers made it a great day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

Was warmly received having taken the taxi organised by the Foundation. It was clear that the people here care very much about the Elephants and they were very informative throughout our stay. There is no pressure here you pay what you want or make a donation, but having understood what they are trying to achieve and the love commitment and... More 

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

Thank you so much for your review and above thanks for recognizing what the aim of the volunteers is here - we will continue to make options available that are more hands on and will also ensure that all of our elephants are well cared for. Any donations received go directly to the care of the elephants in one form... More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We spent a lovely informative morning with Jo and her husband learning about these wonderful animals. We booked the mahout experience which was well worth it as we got up close to the elephants, walked, fed and washed them. This is a lovely place where they truly care for the elephants and well worth a visit

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

We are so glad that you enjoyed your morning with us taking part in the mahout experience. All the volunteers are passionate about they do and are really trying to move away from the trekking and shows and encourage people to do something hands on like the mahout experience, or walking with a placid elephant - so Thank you for... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

The foundation is based on saving Elephants and the treatment of the animals is good. One can get very close to them, feed them , ride them and touch them. The centre is quite relaxed and welcomes visitors at all times, and we took the ride, which is fine but over rather ordinary scrubland, then saw the show. The cost... More 

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

Thank you for your candid review - unfortunately as we have only had one rain storm in the past 5 months the trekking area is a bit parched to say the least but I think the trek is more about the experience than the landscape. Thanks for mentioning the price as we are the cheapest in the area and in... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

You must give this place a visit its perfect to get close to well cared for & loved elephants. We did the trek & then the baby elephant did a little show....so clever & you could see he enjoyed doing it. Friendly staff & never pushed for money great afternoon loved it.

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

So glad that you enjoyed your visit to us. Whilst trekking and shows isn't for everyone I would say that if you feel the need to take a trek over taking one for a walk then this is the place to do it - the elephants are well feed and well cared for. If the mahouts get pushy in asking... More 

Surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

After reading the reviews on trip advisor I chose this place to go and see elephants in Hua Hin and was not disappointed. The elephants are part working - doing rides and shows - but appear very well looked after. The whole place is in good condition and the staff are very friendly and genuine.

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

Thanks for your positive review but I must point out that not all the elephants here do rides and we only have one that does a small show. Our old lady (85+) is completely retired and living out the remainder of her days surrounded by people who adore her and tend to all her dietary needs. Another elephant is solely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Amazing morning with Jo, volunteers, dogs and the elephants!! Jo gave us detailed background on each elephant and their behaviours. For those who are unable understand the agitation of some of these beautiful creatures, please listen more fully. They come to Hutsadin after years and years of 'breaking' and cruelty and training - that does not disappear overnight. The volunteers... 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 of the mahout experience and for pointing out the trauma that some of our elephants have been through. From your photos I can see that you got to take our newest lady out for a walk and you are in a position to say that she is now one happy elephant... More 

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