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“Nice But Few Elephants”

Hutsadin Elephant Foundation
Ranked #9 of 99 things to do in Hua Hin
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Owner description: As from 1st October 2017 we are proud to announce that trekking will no longer be offered at Hutsadin, instead we offer our visitors a range of activities that promote a close interaction with our elephants. In a safe environment for both elephant and visitor. Here you can take a bareback ride, walk with an elephant, shower and feed them or simply visit us. We also offer educational talks 3 days a week and a 3 hour mahout experience is available twice a week. Check out our website activities page where you will find full descriptions of the activities that we offer along with costs.
Reviewed March 10, 2013

Nice facility and out of the way so you get a large crowd trying to visit. We expected to see many more elephants, but there were only three you could feed, while we were there. They were very nice to us and offered everything to us from feeding the cut up pieces of pineapple to elephant rides to washing an elephant....all for a price for each. We chose to feed them. The whole facility appeared clean and the elephants well cared for.

Thank Paul B
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Joanna H, observor at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2013

We are pleased to know that you enjoyed your time at the foundation and decided to spend time with our elephants instead of going on a trek. They do enjoy the human contact and of course the baskets of fruit that come with it!
We are only a small charity so unfortunately we do not have the resources to support any more elephants at the moment. Our main concern is to care for the ones that we have and give them the best care possible.

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Reviewed March 9, 2013

Went to this place with no expectations. All I knew about beforehand was that they had rescued elephants there.
I was surprised to see how neat, clean and well ordered the place was. I saw the two older elephants and then met baby elephant Songkran. She is a very healthy and happy baby of four years. I bought her a basket of pineapples (about 25 pineapples in the basket) for 100bt ($3). She takes the pineapples from you one at a time with her trunk and places each one under her left forefoot and daintily crushes it. She then picks up the pulp with her trunk and slurps it down with obvious relish. All in all a wonderful experience. Not to be missed!!! I would love to take my grandchildren there.

Thank PeteS333
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Joanna H, observor at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2013

We are all so glad that you enjoyed your time with our lovely elephants:) and we very much appreciate the fact that you decided to share your views with others.
We try hard to ensure that all our visitors have a good time and get to know gentle giants.

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Reviewed March 4, 2013

We did lots of research before deciding this was the place for us, & we visited on the 28/02/13. We weren't disappointed. The staff were very welcoming, with good english. Having decided we would like to do all that was on offer as we had all day to spend here, we started off by meeting the two old ladies, one blind, who promptly stole our basket of bananas! then took another pregnant lady for a leisurely walk, replaced bananas as bait, then gave her a wonderful wash & scrub down, that i'm not sure who enjoyed the most, her or us. We then helped chop up banana trees for the old lady who as well as being blind, had no teeth. After a relaxing sit in the shade when we were given a welcome bottle of chilled water, we were offered lunch. This was most welcome & well cooked by a cheerful Thai girl, again with excellent English, followed by ice creams. After letting lunch digest, we were offered our elephant ride with a very experienced Mahout. He offered various trinkets for sale at very inflated prices, which were apparently made from elephant teeth??? However having read about this, we were aware that this money goes to supplement their wage. We bought one, & having no change, we said he could keep it for the elephants. We were pleasantly surprised to see him ask for change back in the centre, & put the excess into the foundation's box. Finally after more ice cream we were asked if we wanted to see the baby elephant show.. We could have declined as tricks were not what we'd gone to see, however, as the mahout had explained, we train dogs & other animals to obey commands, so if this animal was to be a useful member of their elephant family & one day work or take rides, she had to learn commands, also as all youngsters can do, she would become bored with nothing to do. This made complete sense, & we went away having had one of our best experiences ever. We have tried not to sugar coat this report, but the day was excellent.

1  Thank Chris w
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Joanna H, observer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2013

Thank you very much for your lovely review. We are all really pleased that you enjoyed your time at the foundation and got to have such a wonderful time with some real 'hands on' work. Maybe you will come and visit us again one day. :)

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Reviewed February 27, 2013 via mobile

if you are interested to meet elephants in a good Way without Big Action or cheap Shows... go to the Fundation. it's a clean and private Place where you can get very close to them and spend your Money for a good cause. ... they only have to advert a bit more. thecity is Full of the terrible elephant village Flyer but i saw None of the Hudsadin.

2  Thank leevanii
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Joanna H, observer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2013

We are so glad that you enjoyed your time with our lovely elephants :). We do have brochures in the tourist information office and some of the big hotels, however I'm sure you can apreciate that this costs money and we would rather spend that on the elephants. Your good review and others like them are giving us really good publicity and things are really looking good here. Thank you for spending your time writing this review. :)

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Reviewed February 21, 2013

We had done some research about the different elephant places in Hua Hin. We actually rented a house only 5 minutes walk from elephant village, but after reading about that place, we did not want to go there. When we were booking a taxi to take us to Hutsadin, we had to explain several times that we did not want to go to elephant village. I think drivers and agencies must be on some sort of commision, because we were encourage several times to go to the village, some even told us that it was not possible to ride elephants at Hutsadin (not true). We were not bothered about these claims and went to Hutsadin anyway.

As soon as we arrived we were met by friendly staff, and we decided to take the one hour trek. I am used to riding horses, and it was strange to sit on such a big animal without being in charge/control. We were offered to buy the little piece of jewellery, which all of us were happy to do. I can not imagine that the mahout is on a massive wage, and if we can contribute a little, that is ok with us.

When we returned we chose to wash Song Kran, which was great. We were allowed into her pen, and washed her with fresh water and a brush. She seemed to enjoy it, and she was showing us some tricks anyway. She was generous with her kisses, and was so sweet! You can easily see the bond she has with her mahout, and I never got the impression that she was forced to do anything. She was so funny when we gave her fruit, no doubt about her preferences there. She clearly prefers the bananas to the pineapple.

We also visited the two retired ladies around the back. We bought several baskets of fruit for the elephants and considered that money well spent! I have no problems with paying for things in a place like this, as I can see that it benefits the animals. I can't understand why people complain about this in other reviews, surely they must understand it costs a lot to feed such big animals? They have also purchased elephants that have been living under difficult conditions. Elephants are not cheap to buy either...

Thank you for a most enjoyable day and great memories! We will return next time we are in Thailand, and we will recommend this place to other people too!

2  Thank Cathrine F
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Joanna H, observer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2013

We at the foundation are so glad that you found your visit such a rewarding visit, and thank you for taking the time to write a review.
It is unfortunate that some taxi drivers prefer to take visitors to other places perhaps for reasons that you stated but fortunately with positive reviews like yours the word is spreading that we are still open, offering treks etc. and doing all we can for these gentle giants. It doesn't have to be an expensive trip either - everyone is welcome to just come and visit the elephants free of charge. :)

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