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“Fascinating insight into those that were imprisoned in Hao Lo”
Review of Hoa Lo Prison

Hoa Lo Prison
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US$45.00*
and up
Private Hanoi Full-Day City Tour
Ranked #15 of 221 things to do in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been mostly torn down. A museum occupies the remaining structure.
Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Another fascinating museum, looking into the ramifications of captivity during the Vietnamese wars. Hao Lo was built and primarily used by the French during the war, imprisoning Vietnamese soldiers. The prison documents the lives of many of those in captivity and the lives they led. It showcases stories of courage and strength between those in captivity and the togetherness which led to the success of escape and the eventual victory in the war. The prison primary documents its use by the French, after their rule and the eventual prison for American soldiers and the famed 'Hanoi Hilton' it touches lightly on this era of the prison. Only 20% of the prison group d's remain but it's enough to give you a genuine look and insight into the lives of how many were shaped in this prison. Fascinating, well documented and supported with real life accounts, a must visit for those interested in the Vietnamese wars.

Thank Jatinder M
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

We visited here and it was a lot smaller than we expected. It was interesting to walk around and read the Vietnamese version of history! Glad we visited but was a lot smaller than expected.

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Reviewed April 4, 2018

This is a walk through tour, with many exhibits depicting the horrible life the prisoners faced, The displays were generally informative and some of the exhibits were very emotional to look at. The overall atmosphere was somber. One thing I found particularly tacky and insensitive was the souvenir gift shop in the middle of the tour route. Overall, I'd say this was worth a visit from a historical perspective, but don't plan on spending a lot of time there.

Thank John W
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

Gave an insight into the way prisoners lived at the Hanoi Hilton
Worth a visit
Prpoganda video was interesting

Thank Gordon1253
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

The prison is about 15 min walk from the sword lake in the old city quarter. The prison is very well laid out with exhibits in Vietnamese, French, and English. It tells the story of the prisons use from the turn of the 20th century up until the end of the war in 1975. The exhibit takes about 90 min - 2 hrs to see everything and is very informative. 30k per ticket I believe when we went so it def doesn’t break the bank for a slice of history!

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