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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
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited this ‘museum’ and fortunately had done some reading beforehand. It is in two parts the first describes the behaviour of the French during occupation and is quite graphic and harrowing. It is educational on how prisoners were treated during this time. Then there...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 50phil57
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A must for fellow Americans and those wishing to have a Vietnamese view of aome aspects of the American War

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank WSeanMc
Reviewed yesterday

A former POW here was John McCain. The government has attempted to portray this prison as a humane institution, a myth which has been repeatedly debunked by former inmates. Much of the original building no longer remains, only the gate house portion which is now...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank TravelingWoman001
Reviewed yesterday

Formerly known as the Hanoi Hilton during the American war, this famous prison has been mostly torn down. A museum now occupies the remaining structure, dedicated primarily to the horrific conditions during the imprisonment of the Vietnamese communists by the colonial French from 1896-1945. Peculiarly...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Laura T
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It is good to have a memorial for this historical place. It is actually used for propaganda and the informations and artifacts give a good impression for what meant to be inprisoned here. You should calculate enough time for your visit.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 161satoshi
Reviewed 3 days ago

Yes, much of the original place is gone but that really doesn't matter. There is enough left to get the idea. And they have done a very good job of consolidating the history. Spend an hour there, I think you will think it was time...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Mark-Breck-StPete
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It's important to gain some appreciation of a country's history when on the tourist 'trail' and this place provides you with a taster. Well laid out and thought provoking content leaves you with real life stories of inmates and spine tingling moments. We were there...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank NCH777
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went in the fall so the queue was quite short. Give yourself 1-2 hours to visit this historic place. There is an entrance fee, I suggest bring cash. Prepare to see videos and sculptured examples of what occurred at this prison. Keep in mind...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JllesBee
Reviewed 4 days ago

Easy to get to by taxi. Small entrance fee. Lots of interesting exhibits and photographs from history. The are also a few little gift shops to look at.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank CarSteHolden
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Interesting to visit and a very emotional and thought provoking visit. However (as we saw in Saigon too) it was a very ‘diplomatic’ display of photographs / stories.

Date of experience: December 2018
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17 January 2019|
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Response from sk6776 | Reviewed this property |
We bought our tickets at the door.
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