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“Great family experience”

Hutsadin Elephant Foundation
Ranked #3 of 97 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 August 14, 2013

Contacted Joanne before leaving Australia and again once in Hua Hin. Emails always replied. We visited today and had a lovely time seeing and interacting with the elephants. We didn't ride them, but enjoyed our experience with them. We fed and touched them, learnt their individual stories and walked and washed the adult female.
This facility is clean, well run and honourable. Very happy to donate knowing the animals were being well cared for and that our children had been able to have such a wonderful experience.
Many thanks for all your help.

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Joanna H, observer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2013

Thank you for writing such a positive review, and for spreading the word that you don't have to go on a trek but can have a great time just hanging out with some of our elephants.
It was lovely to see your children enjoying feeding them and giving them a wash.
Your donation enabled us to buy 2 weeks supply of food supplement for our old lady so she is very grateful - thank you:)

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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Worth a visit, but need to agree a taxi fare first. 200 baht each way very dear for Bangkok, but about right for Hua Hin. Free entry, but elephant rides a bit dear, especially for 2 or a family.

Thank Peter W
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Joanna H, observer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2013

Thank you for writing this review and you seem to have found the visit to the foundation worthwhile. I'm sure you will agree that we cannot be held responsible for the price of the taxi - that really is out of our control.
The cost of trekking is the cheapest in the area and good value when you consider how much it costs to keep an elephant in good health. Our current rates are available on the website for anyone interested :)

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Reviewed August 5, 2013

This place was recommended to us & so did a little checking on trip advisor.

Got here early morning to avoid the mid-day sun. I was expecting a short 10-15 minute ride around the camp and then offloaded so that the elephant could be used to take the next trip. I was totally wrong.

It was a full 45 minute ride with plenty of photo opportunities, ending with a trek through the river / pool. The staff were friendly. After our ride we were then able to feed them, not just dropped off so that they could take the next tourist group.

I usually stay away from these types of places but the staff really did appear to have the elephants health as a priority. There was one young elephant approx. 2 months old that had started to be taught tricks. The usual sitting, playing harmonica, dancing.

A fun way to spend at least ½ a day in Hua Hin.

3  Thank LukChang
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Joanna H, observer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2013

I have to be honest and say that I'm not totally sure that your review is for us as we don't have a 2 month old elephant! Maybe this is another case of taxi drivers taking visitors to the wrong place?
However you enjoyed your time with the elephants and that's all that really matters:)

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Reviewed August 5, 2013

We visited today with our two children (8 and 11). They loved washing and feeding the elephants. The English volunteer who showed us around really cared about the elephants and we felt it was a responsible and ethical way to interact with the elephants. Wish we had money spare to donate more to them. Well worth the visit!

1  Thank Skh1972
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Joanna H, observer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2013

We are pleased that you and your family enjoyed the interaction with our elephants - it just proves that you don't have to go on a trek to enjoy their company.
SongKran loves getting a wash and the volunteers love to show people around and answer questions:)
Please visit again one day.

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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Disclamer - We are not serious conservationists or environmentalist so we really didn't know what to expect when visiting this 'foundation'. We were told that there are 2 places at which you can encounter elephants in Hua Hin, the 'Elephant Village' and this 'Foundation'. We were also told (and saw by TA) that this foundation was the more humane.

However on arrival (it was a Monday) we were explained about the various 'pricing packages' that were available. Certainly as the one of the staff/owners replies in the comments below there should have been the option of just learning more about the elephants without being 'persuaded' to join up for the activities. Eventually we decided on the elephant trek and the baby elephant visit for THB 600 adult / THB 400 child.

We walked in to the end of the previous baby elephant 'show' which immediately did look a bit cruel and not natural. The baby elephant was made to 'dance' while some cheesy pop/disco music played and then played the harmonica with its trunk as well as various other 'party tricks'. Last time I checked I don't think any of these 'activities' was part of a normal and natural day for an elephant...

The elephant 'trek' was 30 minutes on the back of the elephants. While our 2 and 4 year old kids did enjoy the experience I do believe the adults had an uneasy feeling with the way the trainers shouted and pushed at the elephants to get them to do the right movements. Maybe we are too sensitive but it just seemed a bit rough. Also the trainers had some pretty sharp looking axe like tools to 'persuade' the elephants. Half way through the trek the trainers stopped us, pulled out some small white shapes on a necklace and asked whether we wanted to buy some real 'elephant teeth'. I'm pretty sure that sort of activity is not generally acceptable?

Anyway, our kids enjoyed the experience but it is not something we would be explaining to them as really the way these animals should be kept as in their natural environments.

1  Thank WiserTraveller
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Joanna H, observer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. It seems that you didn't have any firm idea of what exactly you wanted to get out of your visit. As many of the reviews have pointed out, you really don't have to take a ride, you and your family could have looked around and met the elephants for free. Neither do you have to see Song Kran giving a show - you could have washed her instead. Many people have done this and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. My advise to anyone wanting to visit the foundation would be to look at the website and decide what you want to do then relay that to the staff at the foundation. Anyone having questions can e mail and I will get back to them as soon as possible.
As for the issue of Song Kran and her 'tricks' - she loves to do it, has only been taught with positive reinforcement and will do them of her own accord when people aren't around! Whilst I agree they are not natural they are certainly no more cruel than training a dog to give a paw:)

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