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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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1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
+84 4 3934 2253
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Reviewed yesterday

It was very interesting touring the prison. The tour guides would come in and show people the photos of how good they treated the Americans that were held captive there. The propaganda is very eye opening. No where is is mentioned how they tortured them,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank CalGal63
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Fascinating to see the two parts to the prison. One part presented where the French held the Vietnamese and the other part where the Vietnamese held the Americans. You can see and hear the narrative that they are telling - they looked after their prisoners...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank TraceyMelb
Reviewed yesterday

Great to see historical places through new eyes. Two sides to every story. Very interesting. A must see.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 106andee
Reviewed yesterday

Great to learn and read the history of Vietnam. I would recommend this to see another side of Vietnam.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank tinkerbell539
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Worth a visit. Mostly concerned with Vietnamese prisoners during French occupation. Small section dedicated to American POWs. An hour would be sufficient.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank jayned2001
Reviewed yesterday

An interesting and informative museum. Also known as the Hanoi Hilton this is where Senator John McCann and other US airmen were held hostage and according to the information were was well treated and given top medical treatment by the Vietcong. It's a depressing place...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank researcher59
Reviewed 2 days ago

The other reviews say it all,it is a very sobering experience,I realize once again,how senseless this war was.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank gardenerlove
Reviewed 2 days ago

Most north americans probably expect this to be about American POWs during the Vietnam war but it's mostly geared to and from the point of vue of Vietnamese prisoners during imprisonment by the French previous to that time. Still very interesting visit.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Luv2travel_RS
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It costs around £1.50 per person , and I gained a better understanding about the life of Vietnamese people during the war. You will probably need no more than 2 hours

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 488eglez
Reviewed 2 days ago

Well worth a visit when your in Hanoi, very interesting and a very low entrance fee, well worth going.

Date of experience: March 2019
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17 January 2019|
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Response from Christian B | Reviewed this property |
You can buy tickets at a kiosk outside the entrance.
18 December 2018|
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Response from glugorian1972 | Reviewed this property |
Take a grab car service About vnd25k to vnd30k from old quarter
Tori C
21 November 2018|
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Response from donmountford | Reviewed this property |
Sorry Tori C, cannot help re the lacquer maker as I didn't look at the gift shop. I found several shops in Saigon District 1 that sell excellent lacquer goods and may be available vis the internet/ Don Mountford