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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  • Nice and pleasant place where one gets to meet elephants, but it gets a little too much bustle and begging for money. They have also learned the elephants to beg money of the guests with a basket ... So do not be fooled!
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  • Didn't really get a good story of what was going on at the foundation despite having been told on the phone that someone who could speak English would be there to accommodate us. Do not ride bareback ...  more »
  • 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 pic...  more »
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  • It was nice waking with the elephants and talking with the staff that seem to take good care of the them. A bit expensive for the experience though. Hopefully they'll be able to afford a larger land soon and removed the elephants from their chains. Still good if you want to see elephants without seeing them suffering from people riding them.
  • Just the best time ever walking with the elephant and then hosing her down to cool her off. Photo opportunity and best trunk cuddles for all the family too. An emotional experience. These guys are doing a great job at this sanctuary. Please support them rather than the elephant shows and rides on offer throughout Thailand.
  • Absolutely amazing experience! Very good local guides who can tell you about the elephants. My favorite part about it was how they really care about the elephants, and even felt a personal dilemma about having opened the place.
  • 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.
  • Such a fantastic place! You don't need to love elephants to go there but you might love elephants by the time you leave. Be sure the taxi takes you to the right place; there is an elephant village nearby which doesn't treat its animals with the same kindness.

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Where to stay in Hua Hin

Catering to the urban crowd from Bangkok and international visitors, Hua Hin offers a good selection of rooms to suit most budgets. Resort-style hotels and smaller boutiques generally remain closer to the sea, with some establishments offering direct access to the beach. Step back from the coast to see a drop in prices for simpler rooms in areas where guesthouses and hotels remain the norm. Explore the area around Phetkasem Road for more options with very competitively priced rooms.
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