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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.
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  • Very good49%
  • Average16%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
+84 4 3934 2253
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Yes torn down. History tells us that this prison covered more than 40 hectares now it’s a shell with one building. Not worth it

Thank Lawrence B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Most of the old prison has been demolished. What is left contains a museum which concentrates on the French use of the prison in the the Vietnamese struggle for independence. There is a small section on use during the US war “Hanoi Hilton “ which...More

Thank Tim H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A group of us from a tour walked here from our hotel and were fortunate to have an excellent Vietnamese guide provide additional commentary and interpretation. Only a portion of the original French-built prison to incarcerate Vietnamese prisoners remains. The displays, in several languages, including...More

Thank SophieBlue09
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A cruel place to remember the suffering of the prisoners of wars. Both during the French invasion & the American. Entrance fee VDN30,000. Explanation booklet VDN20,000. An historical event & remains of a part of tge prison was retained as museum. Major part displayed the...More

Thank 2015ECL05
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The exhibition makes clear the depth of feeling towards the French colonial period & while not much of the original prison remains there remains enough to see the atrocious conditions & the ingenuity of the prisoners in maintaining their resolve & indeed escaping. Interesting slice...More

Thank bavey
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was almost missed by us during our stay at Hanoi, but got to see it during the last leg of our trip, and were lucky to have not missed it ! Got to know so much about the history of Vietnam during the French...More

Thank santIndia
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit to this former prison, now museum. Gives you a real insight into the history of the museum, especially from a Vietnam war perspective. Makes you realise what other people did for our freedom. Would recommend having a guide.

Thank Amanda L
Reviewed 3 days ago

OK, so it is a must on any tourist visit - but it is not for the faint of heart. A re- creation of the conditions that the French created for political prisoners in the early 20th century, put to use under the Ho Chi...More

Thank Tom W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I would thoroughly recommend a trip to the prison. The display and information is extremely thought provoking and presented sensitively. The experiences of American POWs at the prison are whitewashed as a positive and ‘serene’ experience for captives. Worth a visit despite the understandable imbalance...More

Thank Anna P
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This says so much about the individual person as well as a powerful testament to Vietnam history and the Vietnamese people’s open, generous and forgiving nature. Very moving and not to be missed.

Thank Fkelly1951
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Lisa M
29 November 2017|
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Response from Greg B | Reviewed this property |
You can certainly do this by yourself. We chose a half day city tour that included the prison and other important landmarks in Hanoi. The benefit was that we had an English speaking guide who was very knowledgeable and... More
Lisa M
29 November 2017|
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Response from yeowhong | Reviewed this property |
you can just do it on your own. it's relatively easy to move around in the compound.
9 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.