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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  • We were told to visit this by friends who had previously been. When we arrived we were given a brief education about the elephants and offered a choice of whether we wanted the package which included ...  more »
  • My wife and I wanted to visit a Elephant sanctuary and not a facility with performing elephants which we consider to be inhumane and cruel. We were not disappointed, it was obvious that the elephants ...  more »
  • My husband and I had an amazing time here, and the volunteers are so lovely, they really care for the animals happiness and welfare. Jo was our tour guide and she was incredible, she really made the t...  more »
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  • I volunteer in this place for almost a year now. Elephants are well taken care of and are living a happy life. All they do whole day is eat and go for a walk (a few barebacks if people request for it). Soon, the foundation will stop offering riding activity. Visit Hutsadin and choose the walking + education activity!
  • A really unique and wonderful experience for the entire family. Walking the elephants in the bush, feeding and bathing them and learning about them in general was a great way to spend our morning. Knowledgeable, dedictated and courteous staff, mainly volunteers. You leave there feeling like you've contributed to something meaningful and making a difference for these poor rescued animals.
  • A refuge for elephants rescued from poor conditions (often from less scrupulous tourism operators), funded largely by revenue raised from visitors to the foundation (entry fees, sale of souvenirs, donations etc). For a small fee you can take an elephant for a walk around the park, then wash him/her down afterwards. Then meet cheeky Song Kram, the youngest resident (10yo), & if she likes you, she'll give you a cuddle (& maybe a kiss). Nice place, they are good to the elephants, & the elephants are fun to be around as a result. Only 10min drive ftom Hua Hin beach. Definately worth a visit.
  • My visit did not feel wow or ok. We were in and out in less then 1h, me being 2000 bht lighter. Ok we did get some free gifts and we did meet elephants but still not make me feel happy. The guide was to pushy and it looked like everything did need to go in a hurry. Even we were the only persons there and i had not the impression they get/got many more today. I think the elephants are chained all day until a visitor comes. From what i understand they need to be or they will run into the "garden" where they stay for the night. But i think thats very boring. Specialy for the 2 oldest ones. Think they have no walk all day. I have seen better sanctuaries where the elephants walk around all day. I'm sorry but i cant recommend this tour even it is for benefit of the animals.
  • Very elephant friendly as many have been rescued. Very friendly and informative staff. Most tours are done by an English speaking volunteer.
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