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Address: 1 Hoa Lo St | Phu Khanh village, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
Phone Number:
04-824-6358
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been...

Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been mostly torn down. A museum occupies the remaining structure.

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Good, informative and worth a vist!

Firstly this is £1 to get in to tour the prison, and plan about an hour of day also. You don't need a guide as it very easy to navigate and all in English! The prison it self... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Firstly this is £1 to get in to tour the prison, and plan about an hour of day also. You don't need a guide as it very easy to navigate and all in English! The prison it self only has half of it left to view but this is fine as it paints the picture perfectly! As other reviews have... More 

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum portrays a quite different perspective on history to what you might have learnt at school. Exhibits are mostly about the French use of the buildings to hold Vietnamese prisoners there, with only a little about the later US prisoners of war. Looks like the US soldiers had a very enjoyable stay at the 'Hanoi Hilton'!!!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you look at this as a continuum - how the French colonialists treated the Viet Minh and how the Viet Cong treated American captives - it makes you wonder if we have ever really evolved. Moving and sometimes shocking. Don't pay too much attention to it looking like a holiday camp for American prisoners - this was no picnic.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The prison is a must for any tourist it was certainly an eye opener and very informative if slightly tainted by the propaganda. Visit and make up your own mind

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited this place out of curiosity and it was very average. We learnt new stuffs about Vietnam war and the hardship they went through. Place was clean and well maintained but only for historical buffs. Other than that, nothing spectacular.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

One of most interesting place to see in Hanoi. Although there is not much left from oryginal inside of prison, by reading informations and watching photos and movies it's easy to get the impression of how it was like. Understendable and quite intuitive exhibition. Most exponats has description in English, some of them also in French. Sufficient time for visit... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Known as the Hanoi Hilton to the US pilots who were captured during the Vietnam war, this place had a more gruesome past originally. Well worth a visit if you have a little time to spare.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Hanoi was pouring down with rain so a lot of the sights were ruled out for sheer lack of enthusiasm to stand in the rain. This is what initially drove us to Hoa Lo Prison but it was a very humbling experience. 20,000 dong entry and it takes you around the old prison complex. There are a lot of exhibits... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum shows mostly the struggle of the local resistance against the french occupiers. One small area is for the Vietnam war with America. Crazy what people are capable of.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went with our two young kids under 5. The 4 year old loved the visit. We were at first a bit apprehensive to bring the kids but it was actually great experience for our 4 year old. He learnt about what people had to do to fight for their freedom. He was quite fascinated. Though we did keep him... More 

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