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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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

Staying in Hua Hin with my young family this week, we googled elephant sanctuaries in the local area and this place came up at the top of the list. I checked tripadvisor for reviews, and it came out really well. We wanted a 'sanctuary', ie a place where rescued elephants are cared for and are allowed to roam freely without... More

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Wallington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Well worth a visit as you get up close and personal with the elephants. You also get to wash,feed and take an elepant for a walk which was amazing. Keep up the good work.

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Our visit was more informative then entertaining. The foundation is doing a great job buying and taking care of retired old or wounded elephants so thumbs up for their dedication. Don't expect an exciting elephant trek through mysterious jungles, but you will learn a lot about elephants and about kindness.

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

Thanks for taking the time to write your review, it is very much appreciated. It is good to come into the foundation when there are English speaking volunteers available - we can talk about our elephants all day long !! :) More

Hong Kong Region, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I visited the foundation with my father on a Wednesday morning. We were introduced to each of the elephants and had the chance to help prepare food for the older ones. It's so nice to come close to these beautiful creatures, and what's more touching, is to see how people show their love to these once given up animals.

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

Thanks Joyce for your lovely review - it was so nice to meet you and your father. The mahout experience gives everyone a chance to get to know our elephants and find out for yourself just how different each of them are. Please come again soon :) More

Swansea, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This is a must for anyone visiting Hua Hin. Our family visited 10 days ago and were the only people at the Foundation- we were given a personal tour by the director which was amazing. We didn't want to see elephant shows or go treking ,just spend some time with these beautiful creatures. We helped feed them, wash them and... More

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

Thanks you for your positive review :) I have passed your comments on to the manager (he showed you around) and he was so pleased to have been given a mention. Thank you also for pointing out that we offer so much more than shows and treks, for those who are passionate about the elephants there is nothing better than... More

Emiliano Zapata, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

If you have extra time this is a place where you can be on an elephant and have this experience . Being in Thaiand one is enought..Could be here ore CHENG MAI

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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. You obviously enjoyed your time with us :) More

SG
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We did the mahout experience and our guide was Will (Jo's husband) and he was fantastic. He shared with us the background of the foundation, the stories of each individual elephants. You can see the passion for the animals in the way he spoke about them. This little gem is a little too under the radar for the things they... More

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

Thank you for your lovely review. I've passed your comments onto Will and he is pleased that you enjoyed your morning doing the mahout experience. All of the volunteers are passionate about what we are doing and although we have very little say in the overall running of the place we do everything we can for our gorgeous animals and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Ok so i am a huge animal lover and did not really want to go and see Elephants caged up and badly treated (as i have seen in my other travel's) This place looks like a basic operation, but there is alot of people involved (that actually live on site with their family) The Elephants are well looked after, constanly... More

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

Thank you for your lovely review and for noticing that our elephants are well looked after and loved by all, especially the volunteers who give their time and a lot of the time their money to make sure that our elephants are given the best care possible :) More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We were lucky enough to arrive when there were some British volunteers there who were really informative and full of information and one of them gave us a little tour and we got to meet the retired elephants, who were lovely. Some of the family had an elephant ride, which they loved, although they felt a bit ambushed by the... 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 and we are pleased that your family enjoyed their visit. Volunteers are always pleased to give visitors a tour and answer questions. Trekking is not for everyone and there other "hands on" opportunities that people can take. For example just taking one for a walk. By the way, we do... More

Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We had the great privilege of visiting the wonderful people here very recently on our trip to Thailand together with the beautiful creatures they care for, to say that every need for these lovely elephants is provided by these loving and kind people would be an understatement! We had a truly wonderful morning sharing with them the love of these... More

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

Hi Sid, thanks for your kind comments - the mahout experience is run by volunteers who are always happy to share their love of the elephants with anyone who is prepared to listen. As volunteers we aren't responsible for anything other than the hands on stuff, it's where we are most comfortable - no rides, no tricks just up close... More

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