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Hutsadin Elephant Foundation

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Address: 176 Moo 7 Nongplub Rd, Hua Hin 77110, Thailand
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Hutsadin Elephant Foundation offers the visitor a variety of attractions....

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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Walking and working with Elephants

Wonderful morning spent with the volunteers at the Hustadin Elephant Foundation, a privately run locale with seven rescued elephants ranging in age from 8 to 80 years old. The... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 September 2016
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

As soon as we arrived we were ushered into the reception area where they were pretty keen that we both ride the elephants - something I have always wanted to do so we agreed (1000bht per person). Got on the elephants and we were taken round whilst the elephants grazed on the vegetation which felt OK. Halfway through we were... More 

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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this review

It is definitely a more natural experience to go for a walk with an elephant, particularly if you do it on one of the mornings when an English speaking volunteer is available - we are more than happy to talk about the elephants and the work we are trying to do here. I'm not sure what particular aspect of your... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Wonderful morning spent with the volunteers at the Hustadin Elephant Foundation, a privately run locale with seven rescued elephants ranging in age from 8 to 80 years old. The facility has mahouts, and volunteers working with the animals to rehabilitate them both physically and socially. Visitors can either come, and participate in elephant care or simply learn about the animals.... More 

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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the mahout experience. It was good to meet you and your husband and it was good of you to write your review. As you saw for yourselves the volunteers are trying to improve the life of the elephants here :) More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

I went there because I think they were among the few org that trying to protect the elephants, turned out I was wrong. The guide tried very hard to sell us the necklaces and bracelets (I asked if it's elephants' tooth, he said yes, then I said we wouldnt buy if that's the case, then he said it's only plastic,... More 

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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this review

Sorry that you feel this way - but as one of the volunteers here I can only stress that we are trying our best to persuade the owner to stop the trekking and we are getting there albeit slowly. As for buying the trinkets, that is normal way of life in the tourist trade I'm afraid. They have never been... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

I don't normally take the time to write reviews but felt this one was a must! My girlfriend and I visited the foundation, and the experience we had was a memory that will last a lifetime! It truly was amazing! We took the elephant for a walk and shower. for us this was the best option as it allows you... More 

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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review - walking with one of our elephants is an amazing way to get up close with one of our gorgeous placid elephants, we hope you will be able to revisit us one day :) More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

It is hard to see any elephant in captivity but if you think of the alternative, poaching, then this is a great place that seems to really take care of their elephants and respects them. They are after all, gentle giants! Even the handler was gentle while taking us on a short ride around the compound. We were told by... More 

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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this review

Thank you for recognising that we care for our elephants totally and in an ideal world they would all be roaming free, however this is the reality for domesticated elephants who could not survive without human intervention in the wild. We are pleased that you enjoyed your interaction with our gentle giants :) More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

My daughter and wife loved this. We didn't ride elephants just took them for walk and feed them . It was amazing.

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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this review

So pleased that your family enjoyed their walk with one of our gentle giants :) More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

My husband and I had a truly unforgettable morning here . The mahout experience started with a warm welcome and a cold drink . Our English speaking guide was both knowledgable and passionate about the excellent work being done at the foundation . The elephants were all well cared for and had access to shelter , medication ,fresh water and... More 

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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the mahout experience, we are so glad that you enjoyed your time with the elephants and the volunteers. We will continue to do everything that we can to persuade the management to move away from trekking and into the more 'hands on' experiences :) More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Family of four, doing two activities - walking alongside and then the Mahout experience - at either end of a 2 week holiday. Simply brilliant. What makes this is the fact that it is not really for your average tourist. The volunteers don't like to do trekking or have the elephants do tricks. This is about learning and education. Our... More 

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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this review

Thanks for your amazing review of our "hands on " activities. It was a pleasure for me to be your guide on the mahout experience and you are so right in thinking that our elephants are loved by all the volunteers :) More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Great charity work. Elephants are well looked after having been rescued from some horrible lives. We walked, fed and washed our elephant and my daughter fell in love with her.

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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write your review of your experience here at Hutsadin. Walking with one of our elephants is an amazing way to get up close with our gentle giants:) More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Elephant riding is very cruel and damaging to their spines. Unfortunately we visited this place unaware that elephant trekking was taking place and were upset with ourselves that we had supported a company doing it. Similarly, the dancing baby, who we had fortunately not paid to watch, is totally unnatural. It has to have its "soul broken" - essentially, be... More 

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Joanna H, volunteer at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, responded to this review

As a passionate volunteer myself I have to say what a misinformed review this is. Yes the establishment offers trekking but it also offers so many more "hands on" experiences which you were offered - if you chose a trek we really cannot be morally responsible for your choice. We also offer tours for free with our dedicated volunteers (who... More 

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