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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.
  • Excellent32%
  • Very good49%
  • Average16%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
+84 4 3934 2253
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Small and good if your interested in the many wars in Vietnam and the devices of punishment! It wasn’t really our cup of tea! Too much focus on punishment and torture, although semi-factual we didn’t really enjoy it. Lots of the information seemed quite one...More

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Reviewed yesterday

The Hoa Lo Prison, also known as the Hanoi Hilton, shows how prisoners were harshly treated in unbelievable living conditions during French Colonial rule. There are gruesome depictions of crowded cell life, horrific living conditions and life for captured servicemen. It is well worth the...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was a replacement visit for a closed attraction on city tour. Only time subdued on whole holiday. Known as 'Hanoi Hilton'. Informative and heart-breaking. What the colonial invaders did to the Vietnamese shocked me - guillotine in use until 1935 ! Our guide waited...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Perhaps best known as the prison for captured American airmen, it is perhaps more significant for the long role it played in the imprisonment of the Vietnamese during French rule. While some of the rhetoric has to be taken with a large pinch of salt...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

One of the most haunting prisons we have visited, this is certainly not a fun thing to do however it is an important thing to do. I assumed this would be mostly about the Vietnam War POWs, however we learnt about the horrific conditions enforced...More

Thank Travellingcatcatcat
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Oh my, what a place. The French have a lot to answer for. The displays and text do not leave much to the imagination. The guillotine is just gruesome. Interesting take on the Hanoi Hilton Era.

Thank Duffersontour
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visiting the prison is exactly what I expected it to be. The architecture and history of the building is quite interesting. I recommend keeping an open mind and visiting it. It will only take about 30 minutes to walk through. There is an entrance fee,...More

Thank aboyer8
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was a highlight spot in Hanoi! The history there and the way it is set up is special. 30,000 dong to get in and you can purchase the ticket upon arrival. It is a self guided walking tour within the prison. The boards are...More

Thank Jacob J
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A relatively small place to visit. Suggest to allocate not more than 1.5 hours to visit the prision entirely. Gives a good history lesson on the use of prision for political prisoners and for POWs during Vietnam War.

Thank yeowhong
Reviewed 3 days ago

Since it is part of America's involvement in the Vietman War, many Americans will want to visit. A lot of the display describes the French treatment of Vietmanese prisoners. The prison was built for that purpose. Towards the end, you come to the section about...More

Thank George K
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9 May 2017|
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Response from Sinead S | Reviewed this property |
between 1 and 2 hours. I thonk the prison closes at 5 so be sure you go e yourself enough time.
12 January 2017|
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Response from pauline o | Reviewed this property |
30,000VND, as I said in my review.
Stephanie C
17 November 2016|
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Response from RobertGM47 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Stephanie We were there last week. It's open from 08.00 to 17.00 every day.