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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 29 attractions in Hua Hin
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Bangkok, Thailand
2 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I was really looking forward to visit this elephant Sanctuary with my kids (8 and 5). But sorry, I must admit that I have been seriously disappointed! Great welcome though but after we have paid the full course with trek and bath, we had to wait a boring 45 minutes before we could be on the elephant. Trek brought us... More

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charlotte, new york, atlanta, savannah, orlando, charleston, beaufort, nottingham, cambridge, marbella, ibiza, magaluf
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I booked for my husband and I to do the half day Mahoot experience at the Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, my husband really didnt want to go and expressed many times that he wasnt interested. After leaving Hutsadin he had changed his mind completely, we both loved every second of it, it was incredible and I do not think either of... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

We visited the sanctuary with our 3 children + another family and their kids today. The staff and volunteers were very welcoming and the sanctuary has a relaxed ambience, allowing you to walk round and see all aspects of elephant husbandry going on. It is clear that the staff have the welfare of the elephants as their first priority and... More

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

Thanks for taking the time to write your review and it's great to know that you, your family and your friends all enjoyed their visit. The Staff and volunteers make a pretty good team and we try our hardest to give our visitors a good time, so thanks for noticing that :) More

Essex
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

My partner booked the 'Mahout Experience' for us both as part of my 50th birthday present. I had wanted to have this interaction with elephants, but as I absolutely hate any exploitation of animals, my partner did his research beforehand to find the most ethical place. As soon as we arrived at Hutsadin, we were welcomed by Jo and her... More

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

Thank you for letting us share your Birthday and we are so pleased that the surprise was a fantastic one for you and that you enjoyed your visit as much as you obviously did. What's more, we managed to convert those men into elephant lovers too! I'm sure you will be back again one day and please come and see... More

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Having very limited knowledge of Elephants but aware of cruelty that is known within Thailand, it was pleasing to find an experience that cares for these animals. Our taxi driver did try and divert to the other Elephant Village but we corrected him and with a smile he drove us onwards. 400 baht from The Hyatt and he waited while... More

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

Thank you for your review and pointing out that it still is, and always will be a problem getting taxi drivers to bring you to the foundation - we refuse to pay 'commission' to drivers. However anyone wanting the no hassle taxi service just e mail and we will supply the number of honest and reliable drivers! Trekking is a... More

Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I didn't want to go to an elephant show - I (personally) don't think it's right -so I booked a 1/2 day mahout experience for me and my husband - what a fantastic morning. Was met by Jo & her husband ( & and a herd of their dogs ) who are very passionate abut Hutsadin & clearly care for... More

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

Thanks you taking the time to write your review. Probably the best PR we could ever ask for. So glad that you enjoyed your experience and found it fun as well as educational! Any donation given to any of the volunteers goes directly towards the care of the elephants, either for supplementary food or medication. Thank you for pointing out... More

Appin NSW Australia
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

My daughter and I recently spent a day at Hutsadin. What an amazing day doing the mahout experience. After hearing all the animals tragic stories it was lovely to see how happy they are now they live here and how well looked after they are. We were able to get up close to help feed them, took one for a... More

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

Thanks for yet another glowing review of the mahout experience. It is our pleasure to give people who want something more than trekking, the opportunity to get so close and interactive with our gentle giants. Please do come and visit again soon :) More

Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

I went to Hutsadin Elephant Foundation with my three year old son and friend at the end of March 2014. This was really a great excursion for us. First, we visited with the retired elephants, who you could see were very well taken care of. We spoke with some of the English speaking volunteers, who you can tell really enjoy... More

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

Thank you for your lovely review - it's always a pleasure for us volunteers to see that visitors are given as much information about our elephants as possible. The trekking and show is not everyone's ideal way to interact with the elephants, but for those that want to this is an excellent place to do so - the elephants are... More

Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

I wanted to take my 11 year old to see elephants and this was the best way to do it. We were so close to them and could touch and feed them. We took a ride and the elephants were treated with respect and the Mahout used only voice commands. We were charged 600 baht and later given the opportunity... More

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

We are so pleased that you family, in particular your son enjoyed your visit to the foundation. I do have to point out though that although we can arrange a taxi for you the rate will vary according to the location of your hotel :) More

Tamworth, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

If you dont experience this amazing place run mainly by the volunteers then you need your head looking at. Book the Mahout experience for the morning, you will NOT be disappointed. Jo was brilliant, no nonsense speaking, honest and passionate about these beautiful creatures. All the family loved it.

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

Thanks for your amazing review but I have to point out that the foundation is not run by the volunteers but it just seems like it sometimes :) We do however take full credit for the mahout experience which is an amazing success story bringing people up close and personal with our gentle giants. :) More

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