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Hutsadin Elephant Foundation

Address: 176 Moo 7 Nongplub Rd, Hua Hin 77110, Thailand
Phone Number: 032 827-098 100
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Ranked #2 of 27 Attractions in Hua Hin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Hutsadin Elephant Foundation offers the visitor a variety of attractions. At present we have 3...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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 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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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Really good quality experience for elephants and visitors. These are a caring organisation who impart a wealth of knowledge about elephants

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Zlin Region, Czech Republic
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

I am against using animals for show, especially intelligent like elephants. In the Hutsadin Elephant Hospital, they have one healthy elephant trained to pose for photos and they offer elephant rides - I was curious about ill elephants - because it is a hospital... so they showed me 4 patients behind the building. I understand that they have to do... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Transfers are free from most taxi stands the place is not tourist it is where the families live so don't expect it to be clean and proper, second time we have been and loved it

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

Had spent time researching this and it was my number one wish to do whilst in the area. Paid for a taxi to take us to the site only to be left upset and disappointed. Really wanted to do the elephant trek and get involved in the washing and feeding of these majestic creatures. However to my huge disappointment all... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We really enjoyed our trip here, excellent friendly staff and super friendly elephants!! Doesn't take a lot of time so if you have an hour to spare you should give this at try! Only a few minutes outside of Hua Hin.. top tip ... the staff offered to call a taxi to pick up from Hua Hin, give them a... More 

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

Thank you for your honest and realistic review - we are only a small establishment and everyone here is working towards the care of the elephants. We realized a long time ago that it is impossible to meet everyone's (sometimes unrealistic) expectations. Glad you enjoyed your visit :) More 

Hua Hin, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

The Mahout experience was a fantastic upclose encounter with rescued elephants. You can feed, wash and wonder with these magnificent animals. The hosts were outstanding. The center is working hard to improve the lives of these injured and retired working elephants and I look forward to taking all my guests to enjoy this wonderfilled experience.

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

Thanks so much for the review Denis :) It's just a shame that your injury stopped you from taking part the whole time - maybe next time. Looking forward to seeing you again :) More 

Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Enjoyed the 1/2 hr elephant trekking with children into the wilderness. Dislike the frequent asking for donation by mahouts and photographers.

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

Thank you for pointing out about the asking of tips from the mahouts - unfortunately this is a way of life in Thailand and particularly in establishments such as this. I've done everything I can to warn visitors about this both on here, our website and it is displayed in the entrance as well. Should anyone feel that want to... More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I visited the Hutsadin sanctuary with my Thai wife. Back in the in I specialise in dairy cows so had an interest in the welfare side and the psychological aspect of the elephants. Yes there was a commercial aspect to the establishment but this was to fund the project The English guy who was a volunteer and living in Thailand... More 

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

Thank you so much for your kind comments. The volunteers have no financial stake in this establishment and are there purely to ensure that the elephants are cared for as well as they can be. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to spend as much time as we can with our gorgeous elephants and love ever second of it.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We did the 'Mahout experience' and had a superb morning learning the history of the Hutsadin Elephant Foundation and the stories of the elephants.The hands on part of feeding, washing and walking with the elephants will be a treasured memory for us and we would highly recommend doing it. One word of caution was our taxi driver being determined to... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts on the mahout experience - so glad that you enjoyed it. Thank you also for pointing out again that you may really need to stick to your guns with taxi drivers. If any potential visitors would like us to arrange a hassle free taxi for them you just need to phone... More 

Xiamen, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Went here with my daughter (24) and her boyfriend as she wanted to experience "elephants" whilst in Thailand. 20 minute Tuk Tuk ride from downtown Hua Hin (400 Baht return) 600 Baht per person to get in and this includes a 20/30 minute ride if you wish. We were greeted by a young elephant who performs a number of "tricks"... More 

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

Thank you for your review although I have to point out that we don't charge an entrance fee, the money you paid was for the trekking. Anyone is welcome to come in and meet our elephants for free. I'm glad that you got to talk to the English speaking volunteers here - we are so proud of the work we... More 

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