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Hoa Lo Prison

1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
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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 good48%
  • Average17%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“hanoi hilton” (934 reviews)
“vietnam war” (725 reviews)
“american pilots” (264 reviews)
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
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Reviewed today

I'm so glad we visited this staged prison. It prompted my daughter to research the prison, the French occupying Vietnam and the "American War of Aggression". It was troubling to see the information being fed to the Vietnamese people but was very eye opening for...More

Thank Melannie M
Reviewed today via mobile

This museum isn't very big but as most of the prison is no more, it's to be expected. All the information is in English (amongst other languages) which was very helpful. What the Vietnamese people have gone through is unthinkable. The way the prisoners were...More

Thank Zoe R
Reviewed yesterday

Fine museum, shows history of french kolonial times when the prison was build and how the prisoners where treatened. Also the story of war with US and the US prisoners being held in there. Gives understandably a vietnamees coloured perspective, good to see and read,...More

Thank Els K
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Bigger than you think with lots of interesting information about how the prison was used. Worth buying the English guide from the ticket counter to read as you go around.

Thank Lucec92
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This historic site is well worth the visit and time. A great insight into colonial and military and political history.

Thank Xen_Paul
Reviewed yesterday

Very interesting...especially to see the information from the government's point of view. The museum was well done, though biased.

Thank JanaK123
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

its said that this prison was the hell of the hell. also dubbed as Hanoi Hilton. When you entered the place you can feel the quite horror atmosphere here. a lot of information being displayed . this place is a must visit if you want...More

Thank Marlina A
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The prison was one of the highlights of visiting Hanoi, it was excellent to go inside the cells and see the history. A bit of a spooky vibe personally knowing that people lived and died there but so worth it.

Thank oliviaw222017
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a scary place that not good for the children because it relates to the war, the humanitarian. The pictures and information are good for someone likes to learn about history.

Thank ryanspence149
Reviewed 2 days ago

We stumbled across Hoa Lo Prison while venturing on the streets of Hanoi. Upon enquiring, the entry fees were very cheap at 30,000VND (free for children). The booklet cost, I think 20,000VND and upon flipping through it found it quite informative and with plenty of...More

Thank mjail5
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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.
12 January 2017|
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Response from pauline o | Reviewed this property |
30,000VND, as I said in my review.
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.