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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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Brekstad, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

We did a little research on this place before we went, because we knew that some places in Thailand (as well as other countries) the elephants, sadly, are not being treated well. We found this place and it seemed like the elephants here were treated good and with respect. We didn´t notice any scars or cuts on the elephants. I... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We travelled to this elephant foundation as the other one close to our resort had mixed reviews where as this one had majority positive comments. the staff were friendly and the elephant ride was brilliant. we also paid a bit extra and a baby elephant put on a show for us including football, painting, music playing and lots more. I... 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 - it's great to know that you enjoyed your visit to the elephants, the youngest as usual stole the show :) We do recognise that trekking and tricks isn't for everyone so do offer a range of 'hands on' activities that appeal to discerning visitors - check out our website... More

Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Had a great time here and would highly recommend it. The location is fairly easy to get to and its good to feed the elephants and watch them take a shower.

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

We are glad that you enjoyed your visit - one thing to point out though is that you can shower the elephants instead of watching :) More

Fredericton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

My mother and I visited the Foundation last week, and chose to go with the Mahout Experience since we wanted to be up close with the elephants and learn about them. Right away you can tell the volunteers there are passionate about what they do, as they are the ones fighting for change. We got to meet the baby elephant,... More

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

Thank you for your review of the mahout experience - we are so pleased that you enjoyed the time spent with us and found the interaction with our elephants so worthwhile. Yes getting wet can be part of the experience - all part and parcel for caring for our ellies :) More

Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

I visited last week with a friend. Overall, a great experience. We chose the mahout experience because we wanted an up close and personal experience. We enjoyed learning about each elephant but wished that could have been condensed a bit. The hands-on experience was the best! We got to feed three elephants (including hiding meds in the fruits and bread)... More

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

Thanks for taking the time to write your review. Another success for the mahout experience and a good time had by guests and elephants alike. Sorry that you felt the information was a bit long but it just goes to show how you can't please everyone as the other 2 people that you shared the experience with have e mailed... More

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014 via mobile

We researched this place long before our visit to Hua Hin to ensure we would be visiting the best cared for elephants. We decided to take part in the 3 hour 'mahout experience' which included feeding, walking and washing the elephants. When we first arrived we were greeted by some locals before being handed over to 2 wonderful English volunteers... More

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

Thank you for your wonderful review - it is so rewarding for the volunteers when they get to experience our retired elephants in such a close up way :) For anyone who wants to get really 'hands on' this is definitely the way to go, then you can give a clear and honest review of how our elephants are cared... More

England
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

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

Clearly you were very disappointed with your visit to Hutsadin but at least your review gives me the opportunity to answer some of your negative comments; firstly you say that you researched your visit on trip advisor, however we have never claimed to be a sanctuary, or that our elephants are free to roam where they want. Our property description... More

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

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

We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit and thank you for pointing out that you can get to have a real up close experience by taking an elephant for a walk and giving her a shower :) More

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

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
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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

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