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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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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
+84 4 3934 2253
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Reviewed today via mobile

Very interesting visit. A lot of information to read and exhibits to look at. Learnt a lot about the prison history and the liberation, however very one-sided

Thank Emma G
Reviewed yesterday

Interesting to know how the political and american war prisoners were treated and the brutal conditions in captivity.

Thank Henson S
Reviewed yesterday

Reasonable Entrance Ticket, Very insightful and rich history on war. Highly recommended to anyone traveling to Hanoi to visit this prison.

Thank Neo E
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was a very interesting place to visit and very reasonable price to get in. We were so grateful we bought some cream here for mosquito bites as it was a total relief for us on our travels .

Thank Nicola P
Reviewed 2 days ago

Incredible place. We spent a number of hours here, engulfed by the history, the place, and space. I would recommend a visit. Truly insightful and enjoyable.

Thank Happybeats
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It’s a very surest experience to tour a prison that was so recently used. Due t urban development a large part of the prison has been demolished which is a shame for a site with so much potential. The power of the building as you...More

Thank Josh C
Reviewed 3 days ago

It is an opportunity to glimpse the atmosphere and feel of a prison. The letters written by the American POW's are showcased and other photos provide us a glimpse into the history connected with the Vietnam War.

Thank vim515
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Interesting place worth seeing - good boards with translations in English so quite easy to visit on your own.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

small section of large old prison which you go through with cells you can walk in and old guillotene on display with a graphic photo depicting the severed heads. statues of prisoners are also lined up in various poses in another section. the newer section...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I came there few times but last time I was there was midle of september. If you are wondering what to see in Hanoi. I can say that this place is a suggestion in my list. It takes you around 30-40 minutes to visit but...More

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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