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Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, Hua Hin

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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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  • 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 ob...  more »
  • To see beaten animals carry obese people by whipping. Stay away like all similar activities.
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  • 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 n...  more »
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  • Most amazing place ( we took a wrong turn to begin with and ended up in the Hua Hin Elephant Village, awful conditions for the elephants, we soon got out of there and made our way to Hutsadin). We chose not to trek or do the bareback ride as this felt right for us. Instead we had the educational talk and we had the baby (an 8 year old) to be in awe of. We took her for a walk, fed and showered her. Cosy (spelling) and Chris were in no hurry and we felt truly welcomed. We met all the animals and finally made our way after being treated to lunch as well. They are doing a fantastic job in trying to educate the locals in the correct use and the importance of the elephants welfare.
  • A wonderful place. We recommend you either do a bare back ride, or walk an elephant, rather than do a cage seat ride.
  • 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).
  • Lovely place That takes care of elephants rescued from bad places!
  • 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 ;)