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Hoa Lo Prison

1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
+84 4 3934 2253
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Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been mostly torn down. A museum occupies the remaining structure.
  • Excellent32%
  • Very good49%
  • Average16%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“hanoi hilton” (990 reviews)
“vietnam war” (782 reviews)
“american pilots” (280 reviews)
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
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+84 4 3934 2253
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A relatively small place to visit. Suggest to allocate not more than 1.5 hours to visit the prision entirely. Gives a good history lesson on the use of prision for political prisoners and for POWs during Vietnam War.

Thank yeowhong
Reviewed 2 days ago

Since it is part of America's involvement in the Vietman War, many Americans will want to visit. A lot of the display describes the French treatment of Vietmanese prisoners. The prison was built for that purpose. Towards the end, you come to the section about...More

Thank George K
Reviewed 2 days ago

We walked here from our hotel, I guess there was a lot i didnt know about this place and so glad we went,. Very shocking to see the history and treatment of people in shackles. Worth a visit and very cheap fees.The gift shop had...More

Thank JeffCarter
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I guess a lot of visitors over (say) 55 visit Vietnam to see aspects of the war they remember as teenagers. I certainly fell into that category. What I learned here was the brutality of the French Colonial Governership, which laid the seed of revolt...More

Thank jaycd2016
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Boyfriend and I visited for about 1.5hrs, thought this was a really interesting place to visit and learn about conditions for prisoners in the various wars. Thought the life size models of prisoners in the cells were particularly well done. Would recommend reading up on...More

Thank SBimler
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Quite a history here and worth a visit. For me the fact the authorities have taken the decision to demolish half and preserve the rest is a great example of a great city looking forward rather than back but remembering their history. And what a...More

Thank malcolm t
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very interesting to see the history of Vietnam. You probably need an hour there. You can walk in the actual prison and see photos and read stories.

Thank sj9400
Reviewed 3 days ago

This museum shows what's left of a prison built by the French colonialists and subsequently used by other regimes including the North Vietnamese communist government. The sign at the entrance says "Maison Centrale" reflecting the French history. It is often referred to jokingly as the...More

Thank Stephen B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

To walk from old quarter it's about 35 mins and you need about an hour to walk around the prison and then same distance back again. Costs 30,000 to enter PP. Nice little museum - harrowing and very against French rule back in the day....More

Thank n K
Reviewed 4 days ago

A very interesting experience. This prison covered many wartimes not just the Vietnam war we are most familiar with. Its alias of Hanoi Hilton was due to the USA airforce pilots being imprisoned and well looked after compared to other prisoners' standards (so the story...More

Thank Janet E K
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Earthling_101
10 May 2017|
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Response from Sinead S | Reviewed this property |
between 1 and 2 hours. I thonk the prison closes at 5 so be sure you go e yourself enough time.
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Cengkerik
12 January 2017|
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Response from pauline o | Reviewed this property |
30,000VND, as I said in my review.
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Stephanie C
17 November 2016|
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Response from RobertGM47 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Stephanie We were there last week. It's open from 08.00 to 17.00 every day.
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