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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Had an amazing time here today, it was so nice to see Elephants just being Elephants and staff that really do care about them! I'd definitely recommend doing the 'Mahout Experience' why would you want to just ride an elephant when you can do something so much more worthwhile?! We had Kozy as our guide, she was lovely and made... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

well kept place. we went on a half hour trek for 600baht each. they do put on a show with the baby elephant which myself and partner where not a fan off but can understand kids will like it. looks alot better than the rest. nice to learn about the elephants.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We booked this trip via the internet when we was in the uk. The trip cost us thb1000 each. We was given water and in a small group, five of us in total. First of all we had a introduction which involved information about the elephant Sanctuary and it's history and about each of the elephants which was very educational.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Decided to visit here after reading reviews it didn't disappoint- we had a half hour trek on one of these stunning elephants great fun - you can see allot of hard work for into looking after this sanctuary and I highly recommend it. Great photo opportunity to get up close to the baby elephant too.

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

Thank you for your lovely review - we all work so hard to keep our elephants happy and content. The youngest elephant never fails to please with the photo opportunities :) More

Kobe, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This was an amazing experience for myself and my 3 children. We didn't do the Mahout experience, just the standard baby elephant show and trek but as we went earlier in the morning, we had the whole show to ourselves. My boys had a great time playing soccer with Song Kran and Jackie even let the younger two ride Song... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. Whilst not to everyone's liking the small show with Song Kran, our youngest is always a hit with children and the opportunity to have a small ride on her is something that isn't always offered, so your children were lucky to be able to do that. Thank you also for... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We visited this elephant sanctuary after hearing good reviews as we had visited elephant sanctuaries in Chang Mai and were appalled at the animal cruelty and hoped we could find places where there were real animal lovers. We were not disappointed with this as the elephants looked 100 times better than the ones we had seen previously. But go there... More

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

I'm not totally sure that you were in fact at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation as all of the prices you mentioned in your review are not in keeping with what we charge. For example the cost of a 1/2 hour trek here is 600 baht and not 500 baht, the cost of a basket of banana's is 100 baht and not... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I can't rate this experience highly enough. For $30, we got to spend 4 hours with an amazing tour guide, Jo. She taught us all about the elephants that Hutsadin rescued and the let us feed, walk and wash them! At the end, we got t's and little gifts. Took a taxi to and from our hotel -900 baht for... More

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

Thanks Kara for your honest review. Yes our elephants are on chains, but not all the time as you witnessed for yourself. You got to talk one for a walk, how amazing is that? Your very kind donation has paid for The old Duchess' food for 2 days - she's very grateful and so are we.:) More

Hua Hin, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I took the grandchildren here and was impressed straight away on arrival. We were greeted by a British man (volunteer) who showed us around the place and introduced us to the individual elephants and explained their personalities to us. The way he talked, you could tell that he cared deeply for them. You can actually visit this place and not... More

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

Thanks for your review - volunteers are always happy to spend as much time as possible in order to show visitors around and answer any questions. If you would like to spend some time volunteering here please just e mail and we'll set something up, another pair of hands is always welcome :) More

Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The elephants all seem very well looked after. Great place to go. The baby elephant show was enjoyed by all even if I do have a slight problem with performing animals.

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

Thank you for recognising that our elephants are well looked after - it is something that we all take pride in. We also recognise that not all visitors want to see the young elephant show and that is why we offer the choice of a show OR to shower her instead :) More

Velsen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We Rob Esther and Aimee been here on monday 28th of July. What a great experience what a love for the elephants and what a great explanation about there life before the elephant came there. If you want to do something good with a very good feeling. And take a walk with an elephant (they follow you and go into... More

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

Thank you for your lovely review. The mahout experience is run by volunteers, like myself, and we are happy to do whatever we can to give our visitors that special 'hands on experience'. I would like to point out that any money given to the volunteers is not regarded as a tip, it is a donation and 100% of it... More

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