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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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Hours Today: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
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+84 4 3934 2253
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Reviewed yesterday

A MUST see on your Vietnamese travels. Poignant to say the least. A sharp reminder that War is futile. From a historical perspective, fascinating, particularly in light of the recent death of Senator John McCain, who was incarcerated there for five year during the American...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

worth seeing indeed yet very bias against the Americans and not 100% honest about their side of the story

Thank Robert T
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Even though it was a sad experience I think it was good to hear the history even though the stories were very tainted in regards to the US soldiers kept their

Thank TheLAURASHOW
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I think maybe I expected too much . I mean it was informational but just not realistic to me at all. I know they had to rebuild it obviously but I guess it just wasn’t what I expected. They did have some really cheap souvenirs...More

Thank Taneisha S
Reviewed 4 days ago

The museum inside the prison depicts torture and inhumanities the colonial capabilities subjected the Vietnamese. Such atrocities have been a typical occurrence among all of the colonial powers, whether it is the British, the Spaniards, the Portuguese or even the French. India has many an...More

Thank Livvie D
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Learnt quite a lot while walking through the place. Opted for a free 45min guided tour which was informative. But you can also roam around if you like.

Thank Adventure160305
Reviewed 5 days ago

We studied all the opposing reviews carefully and decided that as this was another important part of Hanoi’s history we’d go. Not disappointed. Naturally there is bias in depicting that the USA pilots imprisoned were well treated, but if you can look past that (...More

Thank GoLiz71
Reviewed 6 days ago

A must see, not just for the American Airmen imprisoned there, but for a long history of French Colonialism.

Thank geotech1
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Not a very impressive display. Most a photographers display of that era. Wouldn’t come to Hanoi and not visit, but truly not very impressed

Thank george60898
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place small but well kept. It is easy to navigate inside the prison. I was looking for the American prisoners of war images. They are at the end of the tour. Well worth it. Many photos and artifacts.

Thank Lucia C
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mdningbo
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February 11, 2018|
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Lisa M
November 29, 2017|
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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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