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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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Yeah, not bad...but

I guess for somewhere so close to town this was pretty good but to be honest the proximity to noise... read more

Reviewed yesterday
NWABP
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Canberra, Australia
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Lovely well looked after sanctuary for the animals

I Totally recommend visiting this sanctuary if your staying in the hua hin or surrounding area... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Malcolm521
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Oxford, 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 via mobile

I guess for somewhere so close to town this was pretty good but to be honest the proximity to noise and dirt/rubbish really did take away from the ambience. The Elephants were not in great condition (well, after all, it is a rescue foundation) but...More

Thank NWABP
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I Totally recommend visiting this sanctuary if your staying in the hua hin or surrounding area, it's about a ten minute drive up the hill from the main road of hua hin which the market village shopping centre is located on. We wanted to visit...More

Thank Malcolm521
Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your frank and honest review of the foundation. I have to point out that we are not a sanctuary but we are all about anything 'hands on' which will enable our elephants to have the easiest life possible whilst giving our visitors...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having read mixed reviews we weren't sure what to expect. We arrived at a brightly coloured, looking building & I thought we'd gone to the wrong place! We were greeted by a lady who lead us out to an elephant that was chained up in...More

Thank Donna H
Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. Unfortunately I think you came in the afternoon or maybe a weekend when no volunteers were available. Our volunteers always try to ensure that we give our visitors a full tour of the foundation and...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went here today with mixed feelings after having heard a lot of stories about how elephants are being treated very bad in thailand for the purpose of tourism. We were very happy to see the good work these people do for elephants that hasn't...More

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Joanna H, volunteers at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the option of walking with one of our gentle giants an amazing and totally unique experience in the Hua Hin area :)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spotted this on trip advisor ad decided to go when in Hua HIn on holiday. Different from most elephant centres as this looks after maltreated animals in a very humane manner. Does not encourage riding on the elephants but you can take them for a...More

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

Thank you so much for your comments - the volunteers are extremely proud of the ethos of the foundation and will continue to ensure that our elephants are respected and cared for :)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I learned that there are many different kinds of place where I can see elephant in close range. I concluded that this place treats elephants with care and love than other places. I personally wanted my kid not to ride elephant for elephants' health issue....More

Thank 채환 서
Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are pleased that your family enjoyed their elephant ride and maybe on your next visit you would consider taking one of our more 'hands on' activities ☺

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

we were looking for a different place to meet elephant. this was the right place. we took the educational with walk tour, the lady gave us a lot of cool facts about the place and about the elephants. we loved the walk with the elephant....one...More

Thank Oz K
Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the opportunity of learning about the Asian elephant and for taking one of our gorgeous elephants for a walk - please visit us again soon ☺

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a wonderful experience to be hugged but these great creatures. Volunteers are doing a wonderful job looking after these beautiful animals. Although the animals are restrained they are released to walk with visitors with no chains and are bathed and fed. They well cared...More

Thank pinzel1957
Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

All of our volunteers and staff aim to give our elephants the best life possible, especially our older ones with some health issues that need to be addressed on a daily basis. Thank you for supporting us and sharing your views with others :)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This foundation is doing wonders for the elephants and their mahouts, they educate the mahouts in how to treat the elephant in better ways for their health, the foundations is forging new ways to make sure the elephants have a beautiful and free life, donating...More

Thank Julie P
Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your lovely review of the foundation. We have a large group of volunteers who work tirelessly towards the well being and care of the elephants and all the other animals who end up in our care :)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I wanted to do something a little off beat during our visit and I did some research on elephants in the area. I was particular to visit a foundation that was meant mainly to help rescue and take care of the animals...More

Thank Prashant S
Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Our walk with an elephant activity is fast becoming our most popular option for the visitor who wants the most interaction with one of our gentle giants. Thanks for your recommendation :)

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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.
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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