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Hutsadin Elephant Foundation

#2 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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Happy elephants genuine people really good place...there are others just out for big money but this... read more

Reviewed 18 February 2017
Carol C
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Best elephant experience ever

This morning we took the matriarch of Hutsadin out for a little walk in the hills of Hua Hin. We... read more

Reviewed 17 February 2017
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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 18 February 2017 via mobile

Happy elephants genuine people really good place...there are others just out for big money but this place really cares

Thank Carol C
Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2017

Thank you for your kind words - every volunteer and the paid staff endeavor to do everything they can to ensure that our elephants have the best and it is rewarding for us when our visitors notice this :)

Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

This morning we took the matriarch of Hutsadin out for a little walk in the hills of Hua Hin. We found a good scratching-tree, fed her bananas and heard interesting stories about the former life of the elephants of Hutsadin. After the walk we gave...More

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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2017

Thank you so much for taking the option of walking with one of our gentle giants - a truly interactive and educational experience :)

Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

We visit here today ( 15/2 -17). Me and my three year old daughter went for the elephant walk. It was a very cool thing to have done! My daughter was very exited, you get a bag of bananas to feed the elephant and after...More

Thank Anna P
Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2017

Thank you for taking one of our elephants for a walk, so much better for the elephant and an interactive experience for you - we are glad that you and your daughter enjoy your time with us :)

Reviewed 9 February 2017

My nephew and I went on the mahout experience this morning. Had such a wonderful time - met the elephants, walked , washed and fed them and learnt about the background of each in a briefing meeting. The volunteer we had guiding us (Jo from...More

Thank travelbugs142
Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2017

Thanks for your fantastic review of our mahout experience. I'm so glad that you both enjoyed your morning and it's always so pleasing to watch our visitors grow in confidence from being respectfully wary to rubbing an elephants tongue as though it's something you do...More

Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

We visited from our hotel by mini van , for 150bht and he waited while our family of four spent an hour at the foundation centre. Our 9 yo and 13 yo boys really enjoyed the experience of the walking with the elephant (a 49...More

Thank William R
Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2017

So glad that you enjoyed your walk with one of our gorgeous elephants, definitely not something you get to do every day and hopefully something you will remember always :)

Reviewed 5 February 2017

I never like to see elephants chained up but it is hard to criticize such good work. The six or seven elephants are all rescue elephants so any life is netter than what they had and the people here obviously care about what they do....More

Thank ThePheonix
Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write your review and for recognizing the work that we are trying to do here to change the life's of our elephants for the better. The fact that you can take our elephants for a walk rather than...More

Reviewed 3 February 2017

Hutsadin Elephant Foundation is a lovely way to spend some time in Hua Hin. You can see the elephants are well cared for and you have the opportunity to purchase bananas and coconuts to feed to your new friends. Just a beautiful afternoon doing something...More

Thank Irene W
Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 4 February 2017

Thank you for sharing your experience with others - glad you enjoyed your time with us :)

Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

We wanted to visit an elephant sanctuary but we were only travelling the south of the country and came across Hutsadin Elephant Foundation. You could not class it as a full sanctuary because some elephants were still able to be rode here and perform minor...More

Thank Emily L
Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 4 February 2017

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your 'mahout experience'. It is true that we are not a sanctuary, but we have never claimed to be, we are a working establishment but we do care very much for our elephants and all the other animals...More

Reviewed 2 February 2017

We almost did not see this place even though we knew the foundation was in the area. The Mahouts were happy to share experiences and help us take pics with the elephants who were well natured. We were told which ones to leave alone

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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 4 February 2017

Glad that you enjoyed you time with our giants, please visit us again soon :)

Reviewed 29 January 2017

Came here on 22nd Jan 2017 and had a very enjoyable morning. We were greeted by Jo who gave us a very educational talk and met the 7 elephants they have here. All have come from "abused homes" to this Foundation who care for the...More

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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2017

Thank you for writing your review and we are so pleased that you enjoyed the mahout experience. All of our volunteers care passionately about all of the animals that come into our care and we will continue to do so as long as we have...More

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Jon-Paul P
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
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
22 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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