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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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Had a great time at the hutsadin elephant foundation. Opted to partake in the bareback riding experience and it was really special. The elephant was free to roam in the paddock... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a great time at the hutsadin elephant foundation. Opted to partake in the bareback riding experience and it was really special. The elephant was free to roam in the paddock, just with me on his back. After I fed him some bananas, which he looked like he enjoyed. There was also a younger elephant there to take pictures with.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a wonderful activity. It was very enlighting to take a walk with an elephant. Well worth your time.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You can walk with young elephants but the overall experience was not what it should be and a little expensive for a family with children

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

We are sorry that your experience didn't live up to expectations but you haven't said how it fell short? As for the expense - well, there is no where else in this area that you can do anything like this and the greater majority of our visitors have put reviews on here to say how much they enjoyed it. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband surprised me on my birthday by taking me to the Hutsadin Elephant Foundation. This was on my wish list to do and I was not disappointed. I would have gone to the website and read up about it more before opting to ride the elephant 1000BT-$30US 20 min. instead of walking along side it due to the pressure... More 

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

We are pleased that you enjoyed your Birthday surprise and thank you for taking the option to bareback ride on the elephant - much better for them than the trek (metal seat). The walk is an amazing experience as well - maybe next time :) More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have visited this place with my family (with siblings and parents) and we have all loved it!! We got greeted straight away and all the staff was so friendly and lovely!! The elephants looked really well looked after. We were a bit scared of the elephant (the youngest elephant at the foundation) at first but we soon realised that... More 

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

We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to the foundation. Of course when coming face to face with an elephant for the first time it is daunting as they are much bigger than you imagine :) Song Kran, our youngest elephant is so cute and playful that everyone falls in love with her and we are pleased that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Happy elephants genuine people really good place...there are others just out for big money but this place really cares

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

Thank you for your kind words - every volunteer and the paid staff endeavor to do everything they can to ensure that our elephants have the best and it is rewarding for us when our visitors notice this :) More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This morning we took the matriarch of Hutsadin out for a little walk in the hills of Hua Hin. We found a good scratching-tree, fed her bananas and heard interesting stories about the former life of the elephants of Hutsadin. After the walk we gave her a good morning bath and scrubbing. It was a truly rewarding experience both for... More 

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

Thank you so much for taking the option of walking with one of our gentle giants - a truly interactive and educational experience :) More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visit here today ( 15/2 -17). Me and my three year old daughter went for the elephant walk. It was a very cool thing to have done! My daughter was very exited, you get a bag of bananas to feed the elephant and after the walk you get to wash the elephant! Our guide was very good and told... More 

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

Thank you for taking one of our elephants for a walk, so much better for the elephant and an interactive experience for you - we are glad that you and your daughter enjoy your time with us :) More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My nephew and I went on the mahout experience this morning. Had such a wonderful time - met the elephants, walked , washed and fed them and learnt about the background of each in a briefing meeting. The volunteer we had guiding us (Jo from England) was superb - her care for the elephants was so obvious from the way... More 

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

Thanks for your fantastic review of our mahout experience. I'm so glad that you both enjoyed your morning and it's always so pleasing to watch our visitors grow in confidence from being respectfully wary to rubbing an elephants tongue as though it's something you do every day. All of us volunteers love the elephants in our care and will continue... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited from our hotel by mini van , for 150bht and he waited while our family of four spent an hour at the foundation centre. Our 9 yo and 13 yo boys really enjoyed the experience of the walking with the elephant (a 49 yo female) and hand feeding her fruit by the trunk and mouth. The guide was... More 

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

So glad that you enjoyed your walk with one of our gorgeous elephants, definitely not something you get to do every day and hopefully something you will remember always :) More 

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