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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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Whilst quite sobering, this is definetely worth the visit to introduce yourself to some of the hardships of Vietnam. It's easy enough to understand and stroll through at your own pace.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very historical and emotional place to visit. Some may say it is biased against the french but regardless it is a must see if you are at all interested in the history of Vietnam. A prison turned museum, The Hoa Lo Prison was once known by the americans as the Hilton Hotel. It is now filled with information and facts... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Really worth a couple of hours. No guide needed as English signs are everywhere, albeit the history on them may be from a biased POV.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We randomly jumped on a cyclo and let our driver take us around to the sites. We hadn't heard of this prison ahead of time, but in the end, we really enjoyed this visit. Learned a lot about both the french occupation of vietnam and the use of this prison for american POWs....for sure some "propaganda" is included in the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago 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 4 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 4 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 4 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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