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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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This IS the right place to visit elephants...

Like LukasR our family took an enormous amount of value and appreciation from the Hutsadin Foundation...we first visited in 2013 and it's one of the reasons we decided to come... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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New Delhi, India
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67 reviews 67 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Waste of time and money. There is no attraction. The elephant ride was a big disappointment. The elephant was tortured by the owner which was the worst part.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Like LukasR our family took an enormous amount of value and appreciation from the Hutsadin Foundation...we first visited in 2013 and it's one of the reasons we decided to come back to the area this year and we will be visiting in the next few days. The volunteers work tirelessly to provide these refugee elephants with love, a safe environment... More 

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

Thanks for the review - we look forward to meeting you again and hope that you see some of the improvements we have made since your last visit. You will also get to meet our member of the family Pheung Wan who is the most amazingly gentle elephant :) More 

Latvia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

~10 elephants, only 2-4 used for riding. No quess, but very standartized approach - 20 min ride around poor environment plus a 10 min show madr by the youngest elephant. Price for 1 adult and 3 children (2 elephants for a ride) was 2400 Thb. Additional 250Thb for a good quality photo, 100Thb for bananas (a must) and tips for... More 

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

Thanks for your review, although I'm not totally sure that you were with us as we only have 6 elephants here but maybe you misunderstood? Sorry that you felt the environment was poor but we cannot be held responsible for the fact that the fields are very dry and parched due to the fact that we have not had any... More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

We emailed ahead and set up a time to do more of a volunteer experience rather than just trek. We spent the morning with a wonderful volunteer named Will. He was so informative and patient with my four children and you could tell how much he truely cared for the elephants. We spent about 90 minutes walking an elephant, feeding... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Although we were a little apprehensive about going to see the elephants after some of the reviews but because some of the reviews were like chalk & cheese I decided that I would book the Mahoot experience for my grown up family and I must say the whole morning was awesome and one of the highlights of our holiday. It... More 

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

Thank you for another fantastic review for the mahout experience. This is proving to be so popular and is definately the way to go if you want to really see what we are trying to do here. There is nothing so rewarding and yes entertaining than taking an elephant for a walk and then giving her a shower when you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

First off, many of the negative reviews sound like the people that went there were looking for perfection and animal interaction! Do you not understand that this Foundation gets little to NO funding and the volunteers work their buts off and many of them spend their own money to help these animals. Many of the elephants were purchased by the... More 

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

Thank you so much for your incredible review - we cannot thank you enough for taking the time to tell it like it is and the fact that you enjoyed your personal interaction with our gorgeous elephants is all we ask for. None of the volunteers are here for the glory - there isn't any! but each and every one... More 

Harpenden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We went here with our grandson. It is called a foundation but seemed just another elephant show, which I felt expensive. For example 2 adults and 1 small child for elephant ride plus child washing a smaller elephant Bt1600. Just before the ride ended driver stopped and tried to sell cheap necklace for Bt400. We said no but he was... More 

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

Thanks for your review although I'm not sure what your expectations were - the price you paid for a trek is the cheapest in Hua Hin and there isn't another place where you can wash the young elephant so really feel that your complaint is unjustified on those counts. The tipping of the elephant and the mahouts is becoming a... More 

Woking
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Always a little nervous about what these places are but spent 4 hours with the elephants on the mahout experience learning about elephants in general and the specific characters of the individuals got to feed them give them medicine and shower and scrub them - warning they will return the compliment and shower you as well! We did not do... More 

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

Thanks for your lovely review about the mahout experience. It's so refreshing to spend time with people who just want to learn about our elephants, get close to them, feed them and walk and wash them. More important for us volunteers though is that it is spreading the word that it isn't all about shows and trekking - we offer... More 

Copenhagen, Denmark
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The first thing we saw was a baby elephant tied in a very short chain which made it impossible for it to move but a few steps. Which it then did over and over and over again when it was not making shows an photo shoots with the tourists. Not a pleasant sight and my kids kept asking me why... 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 and I'm sorry that you were so disappointed with us. However, all of these issues that you raise I have answered many times before. Your complaints will be passed on to the management but unless you complain at the time there is very little that can be done about the... More 

Wakefield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

The foundation is definitely not commercial. It is there to look after these gorgeous rescued elephants who are clearly loved and very well looked after. OK they do offer rides if that's your thing or you can simply go for a walk with them. You can also feed the elephants or have your photo taken with them. And there's a... 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. Volunteers are desperately trying to move things towards a more 'hands on' approach and are instrumental in the introduction of walking with an elephant and the mahout experience. We are also willing to spend as much time as it takes to talk to visitors and answer any questions. This costs nothing... More 

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