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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Hutsadin Elephant Foundation and many more Hua Hin attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Hua Hin online sightseeing planner .
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  • October 3, 2017
    A good place to visit. I was a bit sceptical about such a place. But after speaking to the staff it is a sanctuary for abused elephants. It is still a business/foundation but the elephants do look lik...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Lovely trip, very short and a little expensive at 800bt each but can't see I'll ever do anything like it again. Thanks to the obviously caring handler and volunteer. Would recommend.  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    You know when you walk into a place like this that there is something special about it. Happy looking dogs, chickens, roosters, elephants etc. all under one roof, all being cared for. This is NOT a zo...  more »
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  • September 6, 2017
    Amazing experience. Hearing the stories of how the elephants came to the sanctuary and how they were mistreated before hand was just heartbreaking. How they are treated now means they get to live out their lives happier. The people running the place are great! And we were even happier to find out that they are abolishing the riding of elephants there for good from October! No elephant wants a heavy human on their back, hurting them, crushing them and tearing their skin under the weight of the seat. Why would you want to do that? So, I would recommend this place and wish there were more places like it. As for the experience... Wow. How often do you get to walk, feed and shower an elephant?! Amazing. They're so gentle. They give you hugs and kisses and you can see the sheer love in their eyes. 800THB is definitely not too expensive for what it is, plus it's going towards helping them out! Love the elephants, don't bloody ride them.
  • August 29, 2017
    Wonderful experience, were the elephants are looked after with care and consideration. The whole place is dedicated to their well being. Visit this place as all the other elephant places do not treat them as they should be treated.
  • July 5, 2017
    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.
  • June 15, 2017
    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.
  • August 1, 2017
    Very good for kids, can walk with the elephant and play with them. Educational theme! Lovely elephant

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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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