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Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, Hua Hin

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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3.9/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web
Spend some time with Earth's largest land animal at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation. You'll have the opportunity to take an elephant for a trek through the forest and help wash it, or try riding one. The foundation is a nonprofit organization, started to rescue elephants abandoned by their owners due to ill health, old age, or simply because they were unable to work any longer. Unlike many elephant tourism experiences, this organization works hard to educate people about cruelty to elephants. If you just can't get enough of these mammoth creatures, consider lending a hand--volunteering opportunities are available from one week minimum. To visit Hutsadin Elephant Foundation on your trip to Hua Hin, use our Hua Hin trip generator.
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  • The elephants here seemed to be well treated and looked after, which unfortunately is not common place at other sites. This was a great place to spend a few hours, with these amazing animals. 
  • Went on a Monday , did the 600bhat experience and was shown round by one of the volunteers. Truly magical experience ! Very interesting to hear about their work and the challenges they still face in c...  read more »
  • We are very interested in the welfare of animals and we were very sensitive to the conditions under which the elephants there live during our visit to the elephant Foundation. It remains only to tell me that the nurses caring with love and dedication to the elephants, which used partially in the wood industry were employed or served as a tourist attraction. The nurse unfortunately not quite so good English speaking, but very helpful. Who wants to ride on an elephant can make a relaxed stroll with them (we did). Is always strong fed and caressed and finally, the elephant is still washed. Reasonably priced and a good feeling knowing that much money for the care of the elephants on it, eat what up to 200 kg per day.
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  • The work they're doing there is amazing and the volunteers really care for and love the animals. Some elephants are on chains but they have space to move around. This is for their's and your safety as they can't always tell where you or your little feet are. Once the foundation closes they have acres of land to roam and also go on regular walks with the volunteers through the day. We chose to walk an elephant rather than ride her and it was really rewarding. It have us chance to feed and pet her on the way round the grounds.After, we gave her a bath and got to meet the other elephants. Would highly recommend this to anyone visiting the area. It's well with the 600 baht to walk and if your feeling generous a nice donation to the volunteers :) (500 baht buys a bag of food).
  • Don't go. Elephants are chained up and used to parade tourists around on their back. Go up the road further for a place that actually cares for the elephants.
  • Very pleasent and educating place to learn about the elephants. Note that some of the reviewers here has clearly mistaken this for two other elephant parks in the area. This is the one to visit if you care about the wellbeing of these incredible sweet and gentle giants. The oldest, an 90 year old female was found left to die. Now under the care of great thai staff at Hutsadin and their volunteers she can enjoy her last few years happy and cared for. In order to pay for the cost of care (each elephant eats for 2000 Bath/day) they offer both rides and a quick course in caring for them. The latter is the one option I recommend. Much more fun to walk with the elephant, feed, wash and medicate it. The caretakers have wealth of information anout the history of each animal and its nature. One of them even liked to have its tongue massaged! Bit discusting but still something to remember ;)
  • We had a blast. It's a small foundation but you really are able to get up close and personal with the elephants. We were also able to hear all their stories, how they Were rescued and learn about their different personalities. If you go, ask for the female volunteer, Jo. She was so friendly and knowledgeable.
  • Well worth a visit and you can definitely feel more the love for the elephants than other places we have been to see and ride on elephants. Adjoining a Buddhist shrine, and full photo history (as much as is known by the foundation) of each of the resident elephants.
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