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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. As a warning, some taxi/tuk tuk drivers will try to take you to other elephant attractions - to ensure that you come to Hutsadin phone the number at the top of the page we can provide a taxi that will bring you here. If you are making your own way, our staff all wear white clothing, volunteers wear Hutsadin t shirts. We are located at the very top of the hill (coming from town) on the right hand side, go past the signs and turning for Elephant Village 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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We wanted to see elephants on our trip to Hua Hin, Thailand and chanced upon Hutsadin Elephant Foundation. The name implies some sort of charitable organisation, but it is still... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We wanted to see elephants on our trip to Hua Hin, Thailand and chanced upon Hutsadin Elephant Foundation. The name implies some sort of charitable organisation, but it is still 'selling' an experience. Having said that it is far and away better and has more interest in the animals welfare than all the other similarly advertised places in the area.... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We did the 1/2 hour bare back ride on the elephant, though it was scary to be up so high it was brilliant. We did not feel under any pressure to buy trinkets even though we did - 300 baht for a necklace or bracelet made from elephant teeth. We also feed the elephant bananas and got to give the... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We found the Hutsadin Foundation, wanting a more humane elephant experience. We opted for a trek, and in hindsight, we really wish we had not. The best parts of our visit were visiting the animals, talking to a volunteer about them and his experience at the foundation, and getting to wash and pet the elephants. The trek, though, made us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

I am so pleased we took the time out from our relaxing stay at the Centara hotel to visit the Hutsadin foundation, I have been to SE Asia many times and I am very against elephant shows etc.....but this place lets you pay a set free to walk with the elephants or wash them amongst other things. We chose to... More 

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Hua Hin, Thailand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

This is a deplorable place to see elephant,s all chain linked so they have not much freedom of movement 1000baht per head is a rip off. .yes you get to sit on a elephant who is restricted in it,s walking, this to me is not a nice place to visit, and most certainly not an attraction, All animal,s should have... More 

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

Even though you appear to live in Hua Hin I think you may still have gone to the wrong place. We do not charge 1,000 for a trek, in fact we only charge 600 baht, so I've no idea where you were to pay this sum. Also you imply by your review that the elephants legs are chained together thus... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

We did a half hour ride on an elephant and it was quite scary to begin with as it's very high up! But a good experience and the elephants do seem well cared for, as much as they can be. We sadly didn't get to chat with any of the British volunteers so the information we got was limited but... 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. I'm sure it must be pretty scary to be so high up. Sorry that you didn't get to meet one of the volunteers - we are always happy to answer any questions and show visitors around but I'm sure that the staff did all they could to make your visit a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We wanted to go trekking with elephants at the foundation, and are so happy that we did! The elephants seem very happy and are well taken care of with plenty of space to live in. We did not want to support a company that was exploiting elephants for profit, and it seems that this was not the case with Hutsadin.... 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 - I think that you went for a walk with an elephant as you said that you fed her bananas along the way. Trekking is riding on the back of an elephant and you wouldn't be able to feed them at that point :) The main thing is that you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We wanted to see elephants and interact with them during our family holiday to Thailand. After finding this foundation on the internet, I read all the reviews to find out about the treatment of the elephants and the conditions they live in etc to make sure the elephants are properly looked after before visiting. I also read that there was... More 

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

Thank you so much for your review - it is so welcome especially after the review we had posted on the same day which is totally the reverse of yours. As you have witnessed for yourself taxis will try to convince you that you are at Hutsadin when you aren't. You saw the difference for yourself and you witnessed the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We wanted to take our girls elephant trekking so we found this place via tripadvisor. It was 400 baht round trip in our taxi from our hotel. It was 800 baht for a one hour ride per person 600 for kids. Our girls loved it. You get great views of the city below and our guide was very nice. Our... More 

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

Thank you for your review - we are so pleased that your family enjoyed their trek and found the youngest elephant so appealing :) More 

Exeter, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Elephants chained up but in better conditions than they have previously been kept. We took pineapples from a local pineapple farm and fed them... they were very friendly.

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

Thank you for bringing in some fruit to feed the elephants and I'm so sorry that you only found us average. Yes our elephants are chained - we just can't have 4 ton of elephant roaming freely in such a built up area - but you could have taken one for a walk and seen just how happy they are... More 

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Address: 176 Moo 7 Nongplub Rd, Hua Hin 77110, Thailand
Phone Number: +66 81 199 0798
Location: Asia  >  Thailand  >  Prachuap Khiri Khan Province  >  Hua Hin

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