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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 #3 of 31 attractions in Hua Hin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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... more » 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. « less
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

i think the intention is great but how they are set up can be improved. especially the "riding" area must be free of hassles. you can see a lot of barbwire and old posts lying around. overall i would always go there again and support them so the elephants can have a good retirement and i cannot judge how the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

At first when visiting Hua Hin, we did not want to visit any elephant park and support a bad business that is not treating their elephants well.... UNTIL we discovered the Hutsadin Elephant Foundation by a coincident. After reading a lot about the foundation and other reviews we decided to go, something we’ll never regret. When arriving we were warmly... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

A few weeks before our recent holiday in Hua Hin I booked a Mahout Experience for my wife and I via email with Jo who was very quick to reply which was good.The journey took approximately fifteen minutes by taxi from our hotel in the centre of town so the 9-00 am start is a convenient time. Jo was not... More

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Newcastle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Great interaction with the elephants, staff were very accommodating. Easy to find (we hire our own scooter). Top notch!

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

Thanks for taking the time to write your review. All of the staff do what they can to improve any visit and it's so nice for them when that is recognised. Sometimes people forget that there is a language barrier and visitors can on occasion be quite rude to the staff. I will share your positive comments with them right... More

Siem Reap, Cambodia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

I really enjoyed it, although it is not where Google maps says it is, do not search on google maps it will send you 15 miles from the site. Found the nagging for tips a bit too much but the English couple working there are great and really care for the elephants.

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

Thanks for pointing out that google maps has placed us in the wrong location. However the map on our website and particularly the map on trip advisor is accurate - I've just checked :) We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit and that my husband and myself were able to spend some time with you. The asking for tips... More

SYDNEY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I did this today and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Jo, who runs the facility is great and after our trek, we hand fed all the elephants. They loved it as did we. When you consider these are rescue elephants and all the work voluntary, it really isn't much money to walk away with a smile on your face... More

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

Thank you for your lovely review - but once again I have to point out that I don't know the foundation, just part of a dedicated team of volunteers. It isn't always possible but if we have the time we are always willing to take visitors to meet our retired elephants and answer any questions :) More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Went with my wife, her mother and our 7 year old son. All agreed on having a great experience. Nice little baby elephant show, and in addition our son was offered a solo ride on the baby elephant at no extra costs except the opportunity for giving a donation. Friendly staff, fine 1/2 hour ride on the adult elephants. Reasonable... More

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

Thank you for such a lovely review. All of us at the foundation agreed that the grin on your sons face was the biggest we'd ever seen! He was so lucky to get that experience as it isn't something that we usually offer - hopefully he will remember it for many years to come :) More

Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We chose the Hutsadin Elephant Foundation over the other elephant experiences in the area due to the fact that Hutsadin is not buying or training elephants for it's services. It is more of a retreat to "used" working elephants used all over Asia in the forrests. We had a good half hour ride on a HUGE female elephant and a... 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. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at the foundation and the Thai staff are really proud that they got a positive mention from you :) More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We found out about the Hutsadin Elephant Foundation quite late into our stay in Hua Hin. We tried to book a Mahout experience, but it was fully booked. However, Jo very kindly invited us to visit anyway to see the sanctuary and speak to volunteers that work with the elephants. It was THE BEST experience we had in Hua Hin!... More

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

Thank you for your great review and for sharing with others the work the volunteers are trying to do here. It isn't perfect and we would never say it is but every one of the volunteers do everything they can to ensure our elephants get the care they deserve. The mahout experience is hugely popular and we get booked up... More

Elsinore, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Tried the Mahout tour with my 12y daughter. A lot of volunteers work here with the elephant sanctuary. Our guide an english retired engineer told us the full honest story about the elephants, which were treated well. Although the thais is not only into it for the elephants sake, i would bet this is one the best places to be... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We are so pleased that both yourself and your daughter enjoyed your time with us during the mahout experience. It can be a little difficult for all involved when English isn't the visitors first language but we try to do whatever we can to make it an enjoyable experience. :) More

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