We wanted to view elephant in a caring environment and we had this impression with the Hutsadin Elephant Foundation base on reviews.
When we arrived at this place, not far from Hua Hin, we were immediately directed towards the reception where a calculator was showed to use indicating the price of the elephant ride. We were with 6 adults and 3 children: 6, 4 and 2 years old, but none of use really wanted to take a ride on the elephants, neither watching a 'Show' as stated by the receptionist.
We liked to have a tour with the elephants, perhaps washing them and feeding them, just a close up experience.... Alas, as soon as we decided NOT to go for a ride or the show it felt like we were given a cold shoulder.
Instructions were given, sure you can have a look, but not the baby elephant ( as we came close towards it (10meter) an employer came to warn us for a second time!
Walking towards the bigger elephants we noted other people feeding and washing one of the elephants, however we, again, had the cold looks and non verbal: Go Away.
Look we love Elephants, impressed every time we see one, however we do not like to ride them, surely there are other ways to enjoy elephants.
Please, unless you really insist to ride an elephant (as they still offer on too many places in thailand), think twice about your support for this foundation.
We left with a weird feeling from this place..
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