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Hutsadin Elephant Foundation

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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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Great time with elephants

Animals seem to be treated nice and staff were friendly. Managed to get out 90-year old grandfather up on an elephant for a ride, the highlight for him this year!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
Axel B
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Animals seem to be treated nice and staff were friendly. Managed to get out 90-year old grandfather up on an elephant for a ride, the highlight for him this year!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

We chose to go here as our children love elephants - and they though it was amazing! We had a ride on the elephants which they adored and watched a little show with a young elephant which everyone was encouraged to join in with! We were given plenty of opportunity to get up close and take photos. We were asked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

I recommend the chance to walk with an elephant over riding one - the cost is 600 baht. You start by watching the baby elephant while waiting to go see the elephant you will take for a walk. They give you a bag of bananas and then you walk down to where the older elephants are rested. We took a... More 

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

Thanks for your review - I see that from your photos you went out for a walk with our gorgeous Tong Kham, she's an amazing creature and so happy to be around people now. Not something you get to do everyday and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit:) More 

Victoria, Canada
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I just can't believe all the positive reviews about this place. The elephants are chained up when they don't have tourists on there backs. The guides all have these sharp sticks that they poke the elephants with to get them to go in the right direction or keep them moving. They all have visible scares and fresh bleeding around there... More 

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

So sorry that you didn't talk to anyone to find out some of the very positive work we are doing. We can definitely take criticism and indeed I always answer every review good or bad, however your review is so misleading that it is hard to remain objective. The last four reviews recognise the work we are trying to do... More 

Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We visited the Elephant foundation and found all the Elephants being cared for by dedicated staff .Loved all of it a must to see whilst in the area.

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

Thanks so much for taking the time to write your review. Each and every one of the staff and volunteers are proud of the work they do and our elephants care is of paramount importance to us all. So thanks again for the recognition :) More 

Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We visited with our family including our 3 small grandsons. It was our oldest grandsons 8th birthday and this was the birthday treat to remember. First the children took an elephant for a walk, then washed and fed him bananas. The volunteers are amazing offering insight into the lifes of these lovely animals. We were given a drink and watched... More 

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

We are so pleased that your grandson enjoyed his birthday. Thank you for pointing out a few of the activities that are available for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Volunteers like myself take responsibility for the majority of the 'hands on' activities and nothing pleases us more than knowing that we are getting it right. Thanks again :) More 

London, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Seeing elephants in their natural environment. very knowledgeable guide. a definite to visit to see elephants as they should be treated.

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

It's always good to go out for a walk with an elephant and definitely not something most people get to do on the average day. Our two 'hands on' elephants are the most amazing animals you will ever come across and it's a privilege to share their world :) Thank you for taking the time to write your review :) More 

Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Pleasent way to see some elephants, gentle ride on one, they looked in good condition & well cared for.

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

Thanks for your review - our elephants are all in good condition and are very well cared for so thanks for noticing :) More 

Pipe Gate
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Enjoyed a return visit to this wonderful sanctuary on February 16th 2015 .The attraction continues to entertain and educate those interested in these magnificent animals who are well cared for by dedicated carers.An ideal location for a family visit just 20 minutes from Hua Hin There are about 6 adult animals who provide rides and a baby elephant who entertains... More 

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

Thanks for coming to visit us once again - it's great when people return and see the changes that have been made. We only have 3 elephants that trek at the moment and we are starting to swing towards more of the hands on activities like the mahout experience, walking with an elephant and showering them. So I guess there... More 

Shanghai, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Needs more education. Felt it was a bit too much about the baby elephant show and not enough about what they do and how they are helping rescue elephants.

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

I totally agree with you that education is the key - that is why there is a large notice board in the seating area with the stories of all our elephants and how they came to be with us. That is why local schools can visit us for free. That is why you can book the mahout experience and spend... More 

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