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Hoa Lo Prison

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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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1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
+84 4 3934 2253
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Reviewed today via mobile

The stories are amazing andndestressing all at once but take your time to read and immerse yourself it will be rewarding. Had the extra benefit of being one of the locations for the USA North Korea summit

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank chasl678
Reviewed today via mobile

There is a marked contrast between the way the Vietnamese were treated by the French in colonial times and the way the Americans were treated by the Vietnamese. However a grim place and sad to see how human beings can treat each other.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visiting Hoa Lo Prison, AKA the Hanoi Hilton, let me have insight into some of the darker recent chapters of the countries history. The challenges faced by the inmates from both the French colonial times and from the Vietnam War or as it is known...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Rick D
Reviewed yesterday

A very sombre place to visit, but worth it to learn more about the treatment of the Vietnamese under the French, and the juxtaposition of the treatment of US POWs during the Vietnam war. obviously some propaganda at play, but very eye opening nonetheless.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Bryanvdk1
Reviewed yesterday

do spend some time here. the exhibition explained the history of the French occupation, then the others. the memorial is stunning.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ScotlandWeelass
Reviewed yesterday

This piece of history is well worth visiting - within walking distance of the Old Quarter - can spend up to 2 hours here, and it is quite interesting. We found the history regarding the American soldiers who were captured during the war slightly "glorified"...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Lynne A
Reviewed 2 days ago

I visited this prison, was kind of pay respect to Sen. John McCain. Can't imagine that he spend many years living there and being tortured. Lot of the recreated scenes showing the prisoners' living condition. My heart sunk and felt depress after the visit.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank sysemple
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a sad story of Vietnam, and the sacrifice of the people who tried to free Vietnam. A great respect to all those who suffered for the freedom of its country.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JaniJermans
Reviewed 2 days ago

The prison provides a graphic insight into how the French treated Vietnamese radicals during their occupation and also how the Vietnamese treated the US military captured during the war. (From what I could make out the French were the worst - possible by far). In...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank kaitaia53
Reviewed 3 days ago

Really shocked at the horrible history! You can buy a booklet guide to inform you but you can also follow a guide who will explain the history of the prison and what went on there.

Date of experience: February 2019
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January 16, 2019|
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Response from Christian B | Reviewed this property |
You can buy tickets at a kiosk outside the entrance.
December 17, 2018|
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Response from glugorian1972 | Reviewed this property |
Take a grab car service About vnd25k to vnd30k from old quarter
Tori C
November 21, 2018|
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Response from donmountford | Reviewed this property |
Sorry Tori C, cannot help re the lacquer maker as I didn't look at the gift shop. I found several shops in Saigon District 1 that sell excellent lacquer goods and may be available vis the internet/ Don Mountford