This is definitely worth visiting - the conditions that these prisoners were kept in were shocking. There are video footage to watch as well as the original solitary confinement cell.
You'll get a one-sided view of the war, but it's historical significance, particularly to Americans (they have the flight suit of John McCain) makes it a must-do in Hanoi. As others have said, only a small portion remains, but you'll learn that the it started out as a French prison so has quite a bit of history behind it. Worth... More
Only about one third of the prison remains as a museum. While the displays of prison life and the jail cells were interesting, it was somewhat spoiled for me by the propaganda posters and lecture we received as part of the tour.
Being a Vietnam Vet I just had to see this imfamous prison that I had heard so much about from the yanks during my tour in '69. I had a pretty good idea about what the French were up to and then the US but according to the photographs on the walls it really was portrayed as a Hilton Hotel.... More
It's not a "fun" attraction, but very much worth the time. Only a small section of the old prison remains and it has been made into a museum, but it gives you a real sense of what it was like. Easy to cover in an hour or two at the most, depending on how much you stop and read. It... More
This prison, dubbed the Hanoi Hilton by the Americans imprisoned there during what the locals call the American War, is a great way to get a potted history of the country from the time of the french occupation until the departure of the US. It contains some fascinating torture instruments used by the french and showed how humanely the US... More
I knew very little of what the vietnamese went through in the past. This prison really opened my eyes and I even became teary eyed when reading some of the stories.This is an absolute must visit place and a great place to understand some of vietnam violent past
This is an essential stop if you want to understand the history of Hanoi. I found it compelling, though it was difficult to absorb as an American with POWs held here and a somewhat subjective point of reference in the captions used on exhibits. In the end it was a very informative and rewarding part of my trip.
It is very fascinating to see Hoa Lo Prison how it changed from French Colonization to Vietnam war in 1970's (Hanoi Hilton Prison). Here you can also find McCain's old suit when he was first captured. Although, the museum is smaller compared to the original size of it to give way to the new developments around Hanoi. I am glad... More
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