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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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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

A confronting place, Hoa Lo Prison is also a vital part of Hanoi and is definitely worth a visit. Leg shackles, a guillotine, empty cells and a memorial are on display as well as informative videos and photos. The French colonists built this to cruelly...More

Thank Adam L
Reviewed yesterday

The museum is Informative and well-organized, it's easy to conduct your own route. It displays how Vietnamese were held and treated in prison and their horrific living conditions during French Colonial rule. Learnt so much about the history. Worth to visit especially for history buffs.

Thank kaarenn12
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited this museum recently. We found it very interesting and frankly very sad to see the conditions endured by those people unfortunate enough to have been imprisoned there. The existence of models as prisoners helped demonstrate the awful conditions in which these poor people...More

Thank Katherine W
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Unbelievably interesting! Well worth the time. Admission is reasonable and there is a lot to see. Can be done within a couple of hours.

Thank Michelle A
Reviewed yesterday

The no longer operational Hoa Lo prison is today a museum, though in the past it was used by French colonists to imprison agitators who fought for freedom, and later by the Vietnamese government to house American Prisoners of War. US Senator (and US Presidential...More

Thank Dreemotrua
Reviewed 2 days ago

Hoa Lo Prison or what was known as the Hilton Hanoi Prison by the US Prisoners during the American War. This museum is where the memories and stories of the people imprisoned here are being shown and told through a movie shown on their TV...More

Thank Maryhope P
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The place is very interesting historically. The emphasis is mostly on the French occupation period with less so on the “American War”. The main issue I felt was the glaring emphasis on propaganda. Felt odd to me. Your mileage may very.

Thank ofanoa
Reviewed 2 days ago

If for any reason, just to see the very different view they are promoting of the "America, Conflict." I terestng to see displays showing happy pictures of their Special Guests (read: POWs) celebrating Christmas around the prison Christmas tree!

Thank Kimmiecarroll
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is really devastating. I could not stay. Half way through the tour I ran out. Too many ghosts. Human degradation at its worst.

Thank Cdnskier
Reviewed 2 days ago

You hear what happens during a war but these places bring home the atrocities lots of information an eye opener

Thank turnelld
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Lisa M
29 November 2017|
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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
Lisa M
29 November 2017|
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Response from Cheryl F | Reviewed this property |
It seems you can just walk right up. We were with a group, but there were individuals there as well.
10 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.