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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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Phone Number: 66897423349
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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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This morning we had the privilege of walking, feeding and washing a 49 yr old elephant at the Hutsadin Elephant Foundation. We were made very welcome and didn't receive any hard... read more

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

This morning we had the privilege of walking, feeding and washing a 49 yr old elephant at the Hutsadin Elephant Foundation. We were made very welcome and didn't receive any hard sell, just knowledgeable and informative, caring guides and a special experience. Thank you Bob.

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

Thank you for your positive review of our walk with an elephant experience. It is always a pleasure to pass these positives on to our Thai staff, who often receive criticism for their lack of English. Bob will be delighted:) More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

First I would like to recognize the volunteers who spend so much of their time taking care of these fabulous animals. Every time I visit I am in awe that I have the opportunity to be so close to these majestic animals. These animals were taken in as rescue, and each have a sad story and now have a much... More 

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

Thanks for visiting us once again with you tuk tuk full of fruit and veg. You are definitely a huge hit with the elephants and the volunteers alike and we look forward to seeing you again on your next visit :) More 

Steninge
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited Hutsadin today and we are very impressed with the care, the work and effort that the devoted people working there, mahouts and volonteers, put in. You get close to the elephants and learn a lot. The place is easy to find. It is right on the main road and there are signs. Now the warning: On the same... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to write your review and also for pointing out the pitfalls about taxi drivers etc. Staff and volunteers greatly appreciate that others see the work we are continuing to do to make the life's of our gorgeous elephants better :) More 

Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A nice break to see a beauty spot and amazing animals. Guide was helpful and we left with a lovely framed photo. Not too expensive for such a great memory, just hope that the elephants are as happy!

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

I'm not sure which activity you choose to take but we are glad that you enjoyed your experience :) More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was excited to visit the Foundation since it has so many reviews, but I was pretty disappointed. When we arrived, our options were explained to us, and we knew that we wanted to do the "walk and wash." Our guide spoke a bit of English, but it was still difficult to communicate. Very little was explained before we set... More 

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

I am so sorry that you were disappointed with your visit, but I do think that sometimes people forget that they are in Thailand and therefore cannot expect everyone to speak English. We have advertised on TripAdvisor and our website that English speaking volunteers like myself are available every weekday morning and of course you would have have got so... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had a lovely time visiting the foundation. I recommend doing the 'walking alongside the elephant' activity which is better for the elephant and gives you the opportunity to feed and shower him.

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

Glad that you enjoyed your walk - pretty amazing to get so close to one of our gorgeous ladies :) More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

These people are doing a great job trying to help these elephants! It's not an all day outing probably just a couple of hours,but it's well worth it just to support their efforts!,,,

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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. I don't know if you took part in one of our activities or just came in to have a look around with a volunteer, but you clearly enjoyed your visit :) More 

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

My friend and I visited Thailand for a 50th birthday treat and we knew before travelling that we wanted to visit the elephant foundation. This experience outweighed our expectations, the volunteers here are extremely knowledgeable and very passionate in what they do both with and for the elephants in their care. We loved our morning with them and enjoyed every... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to write your review. I think you took part in the mahout experience which is one of popular 'hands on' activities. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time with our elephants and our volunteers :) Our gorgeous calendar is available through our website. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a couple of hours here. My daughter loved washing and feeding the elephants and everyone is extremely friendly and helpful. I applaud the volunteers and the work they do. Such wonderful animals and if you want to you can really have a hands-on experience.

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

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit and talking to the volunteers. We volunteers will continue to promote our hands on activities:) More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to the Elephant hospital ( make sure you get taken to the right one). Worth every penny if it helps the elephants we did the ride which was 1000 Baht each which included the walk with you riding bare back on blanket, feeding and photo opportunity with the resident baby who actually says thank you She was.so cute 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 enjoyed your bareback ride and also interacting with our youngest elephant :) More 

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