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Hutsadin Elephant Foundation

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Address: 176 Moo 7 Nongplub Rd, Hua Hin 77110, Thailand
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Hutsadin Elephant Foundation offers the visitor a variety of attractions....

Hutsadin Elephant Foundation offers the visitor a variety of attractions. At present we have 4 elephants available for trekking or for our latest option of bareback riding. Each trek or ride will take you 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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Elephants on parade

Always arresting, the elephants went through their paces. Alarmingly, myself and my mate got fooled into getting an elephant "massage" . Must not think too much about the elephant... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Perth West Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Always arresting, the elephants went through their paces. Alarmingly, myself and my mate got fooled into getting an elephant "massage" . Must not think too much about the elephant (or Mahoot) taking a dislike to you. Never the less the elephants locked trunks and got me to sit between the two of them. Plenty of other elephanty hi jinx to... More 

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

I'm not too sure that you were at Hutsadin - taking an elephant massage is not something that in my 7 years here I have ever seen and certainly not something I would recommend. Our youngest elephant will give you a hug though :) More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My daughter is obsessed with elephants so had to give this a try. We had a very knowledgable volunteer guide who had all the time in the world for us. We chose the walking tour which is walking, feeding and rinsing the elephant. It's not a big place but the 8 elephants here are looked after well. The practice of... More 

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

Thank you for taking the opportunity to take one of our gorgeous elephants for a walk - so much nice and better for the elephants than trekking. We are glad that we lived up to your daughters expectations :) More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Our tourism is helping the lives of exploited/injured elephants, many due to the negative effects of it. With this in mind, I'd say this is the type of elephant tourism to go for. We had a great time. Some of the mahouts were smoking (non-stop!) during the bareback elephant rides, ditching the cigarettes right in the nature of the reserve.... More 

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

Thanks for taking a bareback ride - much better for the elephant than trekking with a metal seat. We are glad that you enjoyed your interaction with the elephants and we apologise for the behavior of the mahouts. Your complaints will be passed onto the owners of the foundation ;) More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

stumbled upon this just riding around on my scooter last January. Fantastic place I will be returning again in the next two weeks. The animals are really looked after here and the trainers are great! Don't go to any of the others nearby as they are awful and clearly don't treat the animals very well! The elephants at hutsadin are... More 

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

Thank you and look forward to seeing you again :) More 

Brixworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited on recommendation of fellow hotel guests and didn't disappoint. Jo was extremely patient with both us and our extremely placid elephant, allowing maximum enjoyment on the visit. We walked with, fed and swilled the beast, and it would appear the animals enjoy it too. We made the necessary donation as without donations the place wouldn't exist. Nice to know... More 

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

So glad that you enjoyed your walk with Pheung Wan - probably the most gentle elephant in the world. As a volunteer I totally agree that to take a trek with the seat is not experiencing any real interaction with the elephant and it is a practice that we are working with the owners to stop :) More 

Hua Hin, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This rescue facility should not be confused with the abusive one further down the hill. These kind and caring people are doing their best to help rescued elephants live out their lives in peace and comfort.

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

Thanks, we do our best:) More 

Paisley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you wish to get up close and learn about elephants this is the place to visit. The volunteers are amazing and their love for the animals is obvious. Unlike nearby elephant parks, the animals are well cared for and at night have the free run of the land. Beware that if you get a taxi they will try and... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write your review - we are so pleased that you took the opportunity to go for a walk with one of our gentle giants. The volunteers are totally against the trekking on seats so we are prepared to walk with visitors to answer any questions and give them a unique experience. However, as... More 

Jakarta, Indonesia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was great to be able to see and interact with the elephants but if I'm honest, we left feeling that it was a money grab. The elephant riders were really not friendly at all and made my wife feel pretty uncomfortable when we turned them down not wanting to buy an elephant necklace that they wanted us to buy.... More 

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

I'm sorry that you felt pressurized into buying the trinkets that the mahouts sell. I have put it into my answer of reviews many, many times that no one should be made to feel this way but unless someone says something to the duty manager at the time there is little that we can do about it. So potential visitors... More 

Caerphilly, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here on a cloudy morning after reading great reviews on here. We were greeted by friendly people who offered us different activities. They also gave us bottles of water, chocolates for our little man and a key ring each to treasure. We chose to walk with the elephant as we are not keen on the idea of chairs... More 

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

So glad that you enjoyed your experience of walking with an elephant - it is a shame that you didn't get to shower her but we have to put the elephant first and it isn't good to constantly shower them when it's as cold as it is at the moment. Cathy is a fantastic and experienced volunteer so thank you... More 

Bromsgrove, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We found out about this place through trip advisor and on the website we read about the Mahout experience and decided to book it. 1000 baht per person and it gets you half a day looking after the beautiful elephants, taking them for a walk, feeding and washing them. You also get to speak to one of the fabulous volunteers... More 

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

Thank you so much for your review of the mahout experience, we are glad that you enjoyed your time with us and took the time to tell others. We are happy to say that Song Kran no longer performs any tricks but does still entertain us with her cheeky attitude, especially when she has her photo taken:) Tong Kam is... More 

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