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Hutsadin Elephant Foundation

#3 of 95 things to do in Hua Hin Features Animals
176 Moo 7 Nongplub Rd, Hua Hin 77110, Thailand
+66 89 742 3349
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The "right choice" for an elephant experience

This rescue facility should not be confused with the abusive one further down the hill. These kind... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2017
Denis B
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Hua Hin, Thailand
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The highlight of Hau Hin

If you wish to get up close and learn about elephants this is the place to visit. The volunteers... read more

Reviewed 3 January 2017
mcscary1
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Paisley, United Kingdom
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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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176 Moo 7 Nongplub Rd, Hua Hin 77110, Thailand
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Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

This rescue facility should not be confused with the abusive one further down the hill. These kind and caring people are doing their best to help rescued elephants live out their lives in peace and comfort.

Thank Denis B
Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2017

Thanks, we do our best:)

Reviewed 3 January 2017

If you wish to get up close and learn about elephants this is the place to visit. The volunteers are amazing and their love for the animals is obvious. Unlike nearby elephant parks, the animals are well cared for and at night have the free...More

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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write your review - we are so pleased that you took the opportunity to go for a walk with one of our gentle giants. The volunteers are totally against the trekking on seats so we are prepared to...More

Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

It was great to be able to see and interact with the elephants but if I'm honest, we left feeling that it was a money grab. The elephant riders were really not friendly at all and made my wife feel pretty uncomfortable when we turned...More

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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2017

I'm sorry that you felt pressurized into buying the trinkets that the mahouts sell. I have put it into my answer of reviews many, many times that no one should be made to feel this way but unless someone says something to the duty manager...More

Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

We visited here on a cloudy morning after reading great reviews on here. We were greeted by friendly people who offered us different activities. They also gave us bottles of water, chocolates for our little man and a key ring each to treasure. We chose...More

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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2017

So glad that you enjoyed your experience of walking with an elephant - it is a shame that you didn't get to shower her but we have to put the elephant first and it isn't good to constantly shower them when it's as cold as...More

Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

We found out about this place through trip advisor and on the website we read about the Mahout experience and decided to book it. 1000 baht per person and it gets you half a day looking after the beautiful elephants, taking them for a walk,...More

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Joanna H, vounteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2017

Thank you so much for your review of the mahout experience, we are glad that you enjoyed your time with us and took the time to tell others. We are happy to say that Song Kran no longer performs any tricks but does still entertain...More

Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

not only for children. we were lucky early morning and only guests for a special treatment to play with young elephant. we only walk with elephants. dont like riding on them. think you do a good thing with donations there

Thank Andreas Z
Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2017

Thank you for taking the opportunity to walk with one of our elephants, a lovely chance to get so close to an amazing animal :)

Reviewed 30 December 2016

Very good feeling when I go there. I love to ride elephant. Every thing there is wonderful really. Thanks for take a good care of elephants.

1  Thank 874lionking
Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 31 December 2016

So glad that you enjoyed your visit :)

Reviewed 30 December 2016

We paid a visit to the Hutsadin Elephant Foundation because we heard they were really helping these wonderful creatures. For 100 baht we were able to visit the five elephants in residence and feed one of them bananas. While we were there, we got to...More

1  Thank twolostamericans
Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 31 December 2016

You are able to visit our elephants for free and if they are available the volunteers are more than happy to explain our elephants stories, answer any questions etc. The 100 baht you paid was for the basket of bananas :)

Reviewed 28 December 2016

There is obviously a passion for the Elephants by the volunteers who work at the foundation. We found the walking with Elephants experience to be both informative and entertaining. The volunteers offered a lot to background on all the Elephants that have been rescued and...More

1  Thank north337
Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2016

Thanks for taking the time to write your review. Any activity that is taken by volunteers will never have a 'hard sell' as we are there purely for the elephants and have no financial stake at all:)

Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

This elephant sanctuary seems to be well run...the owner clearly listens to their western volunteers...I really liked that staff was willing to work with me when I refused to put a trekking cage for my 5yr old! Jo is the most hardworking volunteer for the...More

1  Thank Sandra R
Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 28 December 2016

Thank you so much for your amazing review of your visit to the foundation. It was an absolute pleasure to work with you to find the right activities for you all. However 2 things I would like to point out a) I am not the...More

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Jon-Paul P
Hi, my wife and i are planning to come and see you either tomorrow or Saturday, is there any specific time that is best? Also we are staying in paknampran and were wondering what the best way to get to you would be?
4 May 2017|
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Response from Joanna H | Property representative |
Hi, Praknampran is at least a 35 minute drive from us so a taxi would be the best option - just make sure that the driver brings you to Hutsadin and not the other elephant camp, if you don't see our TripAdvisor certificate... More
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Josephine W
Can we book for elephant rides on the 18th April please 2 adults 1 13 year old and twins of 6 years old,they also want to do the whole experience.
14 April 2017|
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Response from Joanna H | Property representative |
No booking required, but I'm not sure what you mean about the twins wanting to do the whole experience? We have many interactive activities that you might not be aware of. If you check out our website and go to the... More
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Omara N
Could you tell me how far this is from hua hin? Trying to organise a trip. Would really appreciate a direct answer to see if I can factor this in to a time limited trip. Would love to volunteer or visit and help out for a day.
21 March 2017|
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Response from Joanna H | Property representative |
We are about a 15 minute drive from the town center. The tripadvisor map is accurate but there is another elephant place very close - make sure you come to Hutsadin. Sorry but we cannot take volunteers for less than one week... More
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