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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 via mobile

Eye opening, a must see on your holiday. Nothing too grotesque or upsetting for young kids. The portrayal of the care of American soldiers was a little eye lifting, but whoever writes history can say what they want. Inexpensive to enter, great stop on a...More

Thank Jana M
Reviewed yesterday

A sobering experience to explore these dingy cells and exhibits. Now focuses mainly on the French treatment of Vietnamese down the years, a shock for first timers. I did notice less exhibits relating to the so called "American War" with some truly horrible cages removed...More

Thank donmountford
Reviewed 2 days ago

Situated behind situated behind the Hilton Hotel once a large prison has been destroyed and the portion of the present remains till today this person holds the historical Tales of the Prisoners of War during the Vietnamese as you walk inside the prison you can...More

1  Thank Ashwathram r
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The prison was a unexpected surprise. Lots of details about "Hanoi Hilton" where senator John McCain spent 7 years. You need to read between the lines of the vietnamese propaganda. Worth a visit.

Thank georgerY311YI
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We walked to Hoa Lo Prison from our hotel it took about 15 minutes. The displays were interesting and very informative. There were displays relating to the French rule and also the American POW. Signs were in Vietnamese and English. We spent around 90 minutes....More

Thank carolmB8923MY
Reviewed 2 days ago

Any American of a certain age needs to see this. Very heavy, well set up. Find a guide to take you for more detailed stories, there are plenty to choose from. Deep experience

Thank niconelko
Reviewed 2 days ago

This prison was started by French colonial powers to house Vietnamese nationalists, later North Vietnam government used it to house American POWs during the Vietnam War. Those American POWs nick names it "Hanoi Hilton". McCaine , who later became an American Senator was a POW...More

Thank njan45
Reviewed 3 days ago

It is true it is a tad hard to find - most likely as it now sits in the shadows of a large high rise hotel and itself is a shadow of it's former size. The 'Hanoi Hilton' provides an amazing insight into the struggles...More

Thank Michelle S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Fascinating look around couldn’t believe how cruel the French were to the Vietnamese people. Good couple of hours spent reading what went on in this prison. Not sure 🤔 how much of it is propaganda but nevertheless if in Hanoi it’s worth a look .

Thank lewielufc
Reviewed 3 days ago

A Visit to Hoa Lo Prison will afford a variety of historical insights, primarily to the time period of French colonial presence in Vietnam. More than two thirds of the prison is gone, thus limiting the scope of this museum. The remaining third shows how...More

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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