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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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Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is a must for anyone visiting Hua Hin. Our family visited 10 days ago and were the only people at the Foundation- we were given a personal tour by the director which was amazing. We didn't want to see elephant shows or go treking ,just spend some time with these beautiful creatures. We helped feed them, wash them and... More

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Emiliano Zapata, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

If you have extra time this is a place where you can be on an elephant and have this experience . Being in Thaiand one is enought..Could be here ore CHENG MAI

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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. You obviously enjoyed your time with us :) More

SG
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We did the mahout experience and our guide was Will (Jo's husband) and he was fantastic. He shared with us the background of the foundation, the stories of each individual elephants. You can see the passion for the animals in the way he spoke about them. This little gem is a little too under the radar for the things they... More

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Ok so i am a huge animal lover and did not really want to go and see Elephants caged up and badly treated (as i have seen in my other travel's) This place looks like a basic operation, but there is alot of people involved (that actually live on site with their family) The Elephants are well looked after, constanly... More

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

Thank you for your lovely review and for noticing that our elephants are well looked after and loved by all, especially the volunteers who give their time and a lot of the time their money to make sure that our elephants are given the best care possible :) More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We were lucky enough to arrive when there were some British volunteers there who were really informative and full of information and one of them gave us a little tour and we got to meet the retired elephants, who were lovely. Some of the family had an elephant ride, which they loved, although they felt a bit ambushed by the... 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 we are pleased that your family enjoyed their visit. Volunteers are always pleased to give visitors a tour and answer questions. Trekking is not for everyone and there other "hands on" opportunities that people can take. For example just taking one for a walk. By the way, we do... More

Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We had the great privilege of visiting the wonderful people here very recently on our trip to Thailand together with the beautiful creatures they care for, to say that every need for these lovely elephants is provided by these loving and kind people would be an understatement! We had a truly wonderful morning sharing with them the love of these... More

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

Hi Sid, thanks for your kind comments - the mahout experience is run by volunteers who are always happy to share their love of the elephants with anyone who is prepared to listen. As volunteers we aren't responsible for anything other than the hands on stuff, it's where we are most comfortable - no rides, no tricks just up close... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We had a wonderful experience here, being able to go on an elephant ride and from everything we saw and heard, the staff at Hudsadin do a lot of work to ensure the elephants are well looked after and cared for. They are also very good at making you feel welcome and my 5 year old daughter got a ride... More

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

Thank you for your comments. I fully understand what you mean about the added extras - the only advise I can give is to say "No thank you". I am constantly telling people via e mails and Tripadvisor that none of the money given to mahouts or elephants go towards the care of the elephants! Of course if you wish... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

My experience today at Hutasin Elephant Foundation was 5 Star! From the moment I arrived I was surprised by the level of care provided for these gentle giants. Kozy sat me down and explained in great detail the history of the foundation and many of its elephants. The amount of care, dedication, and love she has for these animals is... More

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

Thank you for your lovely review - we are so glad that you enjoyed the mahout experience and were willing to share your thoughts with others. To get that close to some of our gentle giants is something you will always remember and perhaps one day you will be able to return :) More

douglas.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Visited the Hutsadin foundation on the 14th August. We didnt take an elephant trek but had decided to book the Mahout experience instead..On arrival we were met by Kosey ,one of the volunteers at the foundation. After a very informative introduction , where i was shocked at how cruel people can be,we made our way to the elephant shelters. We... More

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

Probably the best advertisement for the mahout experience we could ask for :) Run by the volunteers this experience is only done in very small groups (no more than 6) so that everyone gets to have a very personal experience and a lot of hands on time with our elephants. Thank you for pointing out that this is entirely different... More

london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Booked a family trip here over net , good communication . There was just the four of us doing the mahout exp.... Loads & loads of info from Cosey the English volunteer there...... We prepared vitamins/ food/ walked elephant / wash them & generally spent time with these beautiful animals . The foundation is small , 6 elephants there &... More

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

So glad you enjoyed your morning with us - life with our elephants is never dull and always something to do. When you take part in the mahout experience you don't just get to learn about how we care for our gentle giants - you actually get to do it! And what could be better than taking our lovely lady... More

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