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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.
  • Excellent33%
  • Very good48%
  • Average16%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
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"american pilots"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Entry costs VND30k and you are free to roam the complex, what is left of it. Originally much larger, there is only one wing left of the prison buildings. Follow the arrows and guides and see some of the gruesome torture instruments as well as...More

Thank dimsum888
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very heart tugging visit to a historical place. Very well laid out and able to navigate without a guide

Thank adele m
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This prison 'Hanoi Hilton" is definitely worth a visit, Not quite sure what you would expect, but it shows how horrible things were back in that time. I suppose some would say there was an element of communist propaganda; especially as the way it portrayed...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It is not expensive to gain access to the prison. It is pretty much a self tour. They have a small area that has been reserved for tours to walk around and look at holding cells and some informational displays. All in all I was...More

Thank IowaOutfitter
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This place offers a very interesting insight into the tragedies that have occurred in Vietnamese history. You can enter the cells which held prisoners and it is a sometimes very eerie, yet extremely informative experience.

Thank Mel W
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I was apprehensive about viewing this prison as many of my friends went to Vietnam in the 60's & 70's. First thing you should know is that 75% of the Vietnamese were not alive during the war and to most of them it is ancient...More

Thank Lawrence V
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This place haunts us especially since we all know that John McCain spent 5 years here. Many American POWs were incarcerated here. You will see representations and recreations of the Vietnamese prisoners and how they lived in deplorable conditions and how they were tortured by...More

Thank shapgo
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Well laid out record of the 'Hanoi Hilton'. Only a small portion of it remains but the exhibits bring the place to life. Gruesome stuff but good to recognise the extent of man's inhumanity to fellow man.

Thank tomaitken
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Walking distance from the old quarter. good value for the ticket price. Displays offered a sense of the torture and confinement of prisoners. Not up lifting but essential to understand the history of vietnam.

Thank billkW5977RY
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Not quite sure what we were expecting but this is basically a few rooms showing how completely horrific the French imprisoned the communists back in the day and how well the Vietnamese looked after the Americans so well during the Vietnam war. Highlight was an...More

Thank Tony B
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Some of the material in the museum is very graphic. For instance, photographs of the heads of Vietnamese executed by the French and displayed in baskets around town to discourage other dissidents, the guillotine used to... More
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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
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