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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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nice people, you feel the love for the elephants, a 15 min ride is fine, longer would be boring cause the ride is done on an dry field next by, the elephant drivers tried to sell... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

nice people, you feel the love for the elephants, a 15 min ride is fine, longer would be boring cause the ride is done on an dry field next by, the elephant drivers tried to sell touris stuff while giving the ride, some may feel unconfortable with that, the time with the baby elephant was great !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

My wife and daughter wanted to see (and ride) elephants up close. While we had thought of a number of places to go, our son chose this place because the animals are well treated and cared for, though it limited our ability to all ride. They were closing the rides down due to afternoon heat so only my wife, son... More 

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

I'm sorry that you didn't all get to take a trek but we do put the elephants first I'm afraid. In the full on afternoon sun it isn't acceptable to us to make them work without ample opportunity to get some free time to cool down and rest. Glad that you enjoyed your visit though and thanks for sharing your... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

For a genuine hands-on experience with elephants, there is nowhere like Hutsadin. Unlike many other elephant attractions in Thailand, it is not there purely to make money - its main aim is to help mistreated and abandoned elephants. It takes them in and looks after them and the money raised from visitors and tourists goes towards the cost of their... More 

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

Thanks for explaining the different options available at Hutsadin. The volunteers are here to promote the 'hands on' activities - we are not interested in the trekking or the shows but hoping to provide an alternative way of really interacting with the elephants in a safe way. We hope to show a different side of tourism whilst still raising the... More 

Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We turned up at the elephant foundation last week first thing in the morning with our sons 13 and 10. We were greeted by an English volunteer and although we had not booked she very kindly arranged for us to spend time washing a baby elephant and learning about the elephants. She even managed to include us in a short... More 

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

So glad that we were able to help you get everything you wanted from your visit - whilst booking for treks isn't necessary, if you want to learn a bit about our elephants and have an English speaker spend some time with you it is best to e mail first so that we can book a volunteers time:) By the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This is a great organisation, aimed at rescuing mistreated and ill elephants from all over Thailand. We turned up on a Saturday morning and were greeted by an English speaking guide, who was extremely knowledgable. We were able to walk one of the elephants around the foundation's land, feed her and wash her. The elephants have come from appalling conditions... 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. You were lucky enough to have the manager as your guide - definitely something that doesn't happen every day, usually the hands on activities are taken by the volunteers but only on three days a week! I have passed on your comments to him in the hope that this will encourage... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The Anantara is a great supporter of the Elephant Foundation and this is something not to be missed - the staff at the hotel are exceptionally helpful and arrangements can be made quickly and easily

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

Thanks for your review and I hope that you enjoyed your visit :) More 

Presteigne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Touristy? Yes but lots of fun and the elephants seemed to be well cared for - and go to the "circus" event early and you may get to ride one bareback.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Not a massive fan of this type of attraction, it's really for the hardcore tourists, However our children wanted to ride an elephant and they had a great time and crafted a lovely memory from their experience. The centre is well run and could be a little cleaner but it's worth the visit, on the outskirts of Hua Hin. Thank... More 

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

Thanks for your review but I would disagree that it's mainly for the hardcore tourists. There is so much more that you can do here other than trekking! and as a volunteer I would always prefer people to experience the hands on approach that we offer instead. Unfortunately all the time there is a demand for trekking and shows they... More 

Tongeren, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

bathed and fed and walked a 45-year old elephant. you could hug him, touch him... great guide... they cure the elephants and they stay there after... good initiative, keep on doing your good work!

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

Thanks for taking the time to write. Taking one of our gorgeous retired elephants for a walk is an alternative when all spaces for the mahout experience are booked. Probably best done with an English speaking volunteers who can answer questions etc but always an enjoyable experience, especially the shower when you return - it's always amusing for us to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

I am an elephant lover and I only go to places where the animals are treat well and with respect, I talk with one of the volunteer and she was very kind and informative ! Good job guys well kept and fantastic animals ;) love

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

Thanks! Booking some time with a volunteer doesn't cost a thing and you get all the information you want and close to our gorgeous elephants :) More 

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