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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

The Hanoi Hilton is relatively small, due to the destruction of most of the prison, but what remains is very interesting and well preserved. The history of the prison is expansive and was involved within many Vietnamese conflicts. I had read reviews before visiting, but...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank tenthlisten
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Prison used to hold political prisoners throughout the years beginning with the French rule of Vietnam. For Americans it is referred to as the Hanoi Hilton but after the visit, you can see that is a very small part of this prison’s history. When we...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank HulaTim
Reviewed yesterday

This prison is of important historical significance dating from the colonization of Vietnam by the French and documents the conditions and treatment the Vietnamese revolutionaries received when seeking independence. The guillotine is still there which the French used to kill Vietnamese dissidents. Later it shows...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Maree Y
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It seems every country round here has a prison exhibition for the horrors that were committed there. This one is pretty well presented. Better than S21 in Cambodia. The gift shop is even reasonable priced, unheard of 🤣

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank BarryM845
Reviewed 2 days ago

Because so much of the original prison doesn't remain, it's hard to get an accurate feel for the magnitude of the place. The displays are interesting, but certainly portrayed (and reported) in a less-horrific way than what really transpired there. It's all interesting to see,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 163libbyw
Reviewed 2 days ago

Especially for Americans of a certain generation, the name "Hanoi Hilton" is permanently seared into the their brain. However, when you get here, you realize that the pain of history for the people of Vietnam goes so much deeper. What is most on the minds...More

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

I went there twice when friends visited me. I recommend visiting with a guide to give you more insights and details. If you go free and easy, do read up on the history of Vietnam so that you can appreciate what happened. Otherwise you will...More

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

Worth a visit. Two sides to every coin. The self guided tour allows you to see how the French treated Vietnamese prisoners and the flip side off how the Americans were treated by the Vietnamese. This is of course told from a Vietnamese perspective. Either...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank robbM8561DA
Reviewed 3 days ago

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 3 days ago 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
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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