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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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We went to the Hutsadin Elephant Foundation based on the reviews online, and were not disappointed... read more

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Michaël P
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Londerzeel, Belgium
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I recently visited the Hutsadin Elephant Foundation as my family and I didn't want to go on a wild... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
EvanClark28
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Wakefield, 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 yesterday

We went to the Hutsadin Elephant Foundation based on the reviews online, and were not disappointed. We went for a walk with the elephant, whilst feeding her. Afterwards, we gave her a wash and too pictures with the baby elephant. Is the foundation better than...More

Thank Michaël P
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I recently visited the Hutsadin Elephant Foundation as my family and I didn't want to go on a wild goose chase around a place which only keeps them for tourism. The aim if the foundation is to help unwell elephants and make them better and...More

Thank EvanClark28
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited here rather than the more touristy Safari Park as our kids were keen to see elephants close up in a place where they were well cared for and not made to do 'shows' It was a lovely place to visit, the sanctiary only...More

Thank Jonwpeach
Reviewed 3 days ago

Wow what an experience, this place is a great elephant foundation, you can walk, ride, bathe and feed the friendly elephants. A must do in Hua Hin.

Thank Amardeep K
Joanna H, vokunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for taking the time to write your review and for your recommendation - greatly appreciated :)

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Good place and felt like the elephants had a great place to stay. Nice English speaking staff. Paid 1000 bath to ride the elephant for 20-30 minutes, just outside the premises but still felt like a jungle ride. Was asked to buy souvenirs during the...More

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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We are so pleased that you and your family took the option of a bareback ride instead of the cage ride. Much better for the elephant and the rider :)

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had a very nice afternoon! Met the elephants. Bought bananas and fed them to the elephants. You can ride them for 1000 baht. You ride them without a chair to not hurt the elephants and the money helps the foundation. Very nice place and different...More

Thank Mary M
Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for recognizing that our elephants are really well cared for - we do everything we can to ensure that they are in the best of health:)

Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited the Hutsadin Elephant Foundation today as a family of 4 with 2 grown up kids (20 & 18). Our volunteer was Jo and she was just great, so informative and full of love for all the elephants and other animals. We did the...More

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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for your amazing review of our mahout experience, I know that because of a shortage of volunteers your group was larger than usual, so it means a lot to us that you still found it such an enjoyable and informative activity....More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We went to Hutsadin yesterday, we walked alongside Rham Rhouy for 30 mins, we fed her and gave her a shower, we also had the education on the elephants, it was very interesting and informative. The staff are amazing, they look after the elephants well...More

Thank Donna C
Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you taking our education and walk activity. It is a great opportunity to get close to our gentle giants :)

Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited this Elephant sanctuary last week had a great time and walked with an elephant for 30 min then washed and fed her at the end. Great experience and a lot better than riding elephants as a tourist attraction. Highly recommend this to people visiting...More

1  Thank Paul V
Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for taking one of our gentle giants for a walk - as you so rightly say so much better than riding an elephant :)

Reviewed 1 week ago

Learn about the Asian Elephant and the great work this Foundation do towards rehabilitation and care of Elephants rescued. Get up close, feed and interact with these highly intelligent Mammals. Friendly, caring Staff speak great English.

1  Thank Russellcollett
Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for your review - we are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit and were prepared to share your thoughts with others :)

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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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