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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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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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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

This prison is basically propaganda, but worth the inexpensive fee to see the “Hanoi Hilton”. Except for a tiny room, everything is focused on before 1945. It is powerful to see the photos of the American prisoners, and especially Sen McCain.

Thank MshackW
Reviewed today

Just a portion of Hoa Lo Prison remains though it is enough for you personally to have a texture and taste of living there. Majority of everything is complimented with both Vietnamese and English explanations that are excellent and also enables you to tour the...More

Thank Delort F
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An important piece of Vietnam's 20th century history. The contents of the Museum are very impressive and provide the visitor a good view of what happened in that place and what it represents to the Vietnamese people.

Thank christianvesga
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Old place, kept in good shape, witha dark past. Going through corridors shows huge part of history, tragic tales of days past. Everybody should visit this place to remember what shouldn't happen again.

Thank Aleksander G
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Quite an important landmark. They do a pretty good job of telling you how badly the French treated them here and how nice life was for American prisoners. To be taken with a grain of salt, but overall a good spot to checkout.

Thank jlosaw
Reviewed yesterday

A well taken care historical places. There are 20000 VND books that should be bought at the ticket counter to guide you throughout the visit.

Thank HaidarA197
Reviewed yesterday

Definitely a place to go in Hanoi. A staff working at our hotel recommended us to visit it and we had an amazing time here. One of the best prison that i've ever been (how ironic is that).

Thank T h
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very interesting visit. A lot of information to read and exhibits to look at. Learnt a lot about the prison history and the liberation, however very one-sided

Thank Emma G
Reviewed 2 days ago

Interesting to know how the political and american war prisoners were treated and the brutal conditions in captivity.

Thank Henson S
Reviewed 2 days ago

Reasonable Entrance Ticket, Very insightful and rich history on war. Highly recommended to anyone traveling to Hanoi to visit this prison.

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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