Hoa Lo Prison
Hoa Lo Prison
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been mostly torn down. A museum occupies the remaining structure.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Marcela Kane
    Houston, Texas126 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience - not sure why it was not in our tour….
    After reading “things to do” in Hanoi we asked our tour guide to accommodate a stop to the prison. We are so happy we did! Great experience and helps understand part of history. Chilling and en lighting at the same time. Would strongly recommend making time
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Michael S
    Mississauga, Canada54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the visit
    The existing museum is located in the remaining sections of the prison. Entry price is pretty cheap, as is the audioguides, which are available in several languages. On google maps, it says the museum closes at 5pm, but we learned that it is open until 6pm, but the last entrance is 5pm. It was an interesting and informative museum.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Garfieldluvr
    Denver, Colorado971 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Educational Stop in Hanoi
    My boyfriend and I visited the “Hanoi Hilton” for around an hour during our stay in Hanoi. I really enjoyed our visit as a learned a lot about not only the use of this building in WWII, but also before that when Vietnamese prisoners were held here. I recommend getting an audio guide, to at least listen to exhibits that interest you, as they provided some great information. Like other reviewers here, the stories about how WWII prisoners were treated is just one side of the story, but still an interesting and educational stop.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 22 August 2023
  • ROB D
    Hopton, United Kingdom477 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Understanding the past of Vietnam
    It was a great experience to see what the poor people of Vietnam went through. When Americans thought they were being helpful. At that time. It gives you a greater understanding and respect for such an amazing culture in Vietnam today. We thank you for your amazing hospitality and your kindness I was enjoying your stay here.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,957 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sad History, I did Learn a lot though
    I visited Hoa Lo Prison during the week in the morning when they opened and it was not busy. I say, plan an hour max to visit the prison. There are many interesting exhibits here with information that includes English text. This prison has a lot of history, unfortunately nothing good. Life was rough here, especially during the French occupation.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 September 2023
  • Susan C
    Melbourne, Australia1,490 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crowded on Independence Day
    This was my second visit to Hoa Lo Prison but the first for my husband. It was open on Independence Day but was incredibly busy because of that. Last time I came away with an understanding of the horrible conditions Vietnamese people suffered under French colonialism but this time the actual prison area was so crowded it was difficult to stop and read anything. It was less crowded in the section about the American pilot prisoners and in the outside area. There were two new displays there that replaced the ones I had seen last time: one on the 1972 bombing of Hanoi and one on Vietnamese youth involvement in the resistance. These were primarily photos and written material (including English) an both contained quite graphic material.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 September 2023
  • James N
    27 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Important to visit, but sad and awful to reflect on
    For anyone with even a passing interest in history. Sad and sombre, it's an important site to visit, to truly understand what the Vietnamese were fighting, to see France's near 70-year 'colonialisation' legacy and what a western country was willing to do, even up to the 1950s. The brutality, even against teenage resistance fighters, and the young toddler children of female prisoners, is awful to grasp. It puts some things into perspective.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 October 2023
  • Jodie Shannon
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom37 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Very interesting place. We paid the 50,000vnd for the audio guide and found it very helpful. Signs do have English translations but I think without the audio guide I would have been a bit confused so definitely worth hiring.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 November 2023
  • wintercolleen
    Canberra, Australia232 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great
    Loved it and wave scary then port Arthur in Tasmania Australia. I loved the death cell and the women one. Great audio tour at a cost of $100,000 dong. Lovely staff and also great gift shop.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 November 2023
  • GoPlaces51924752933
    7 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Propaganda / museum
    Part Museum, larger part propaganda. Even though Vietnam's leaders have not acknowledged maltreatment if American prisoners of war the outright misrepresentation of their treatment as very kind and jolly is too much. Some acknowledgement of other stories is needed in any historical museum / exhibition. The statements that only 1 to 2 dozen Hanoi citizens died in the December 72 bombings are contradicted later in the museum and literally incredible. One can therefore credit nothing
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 November 2023
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N21dx
Singapore, Singapore184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
A very sad moment in Vietnamese History, of the events of the war and what went on in Hoa Lo Prison. Arrested US pilots called it the 'Hilton Hanoi'. You can see how prisoners were treated and how they lived in the prison cells. A good morale lesson on why we don't need wars and the why we need the whole world to leave in harmony. The tickets are 30.000 VND for entry. You can also purchase the 'Hao Lo Prison: Historical Relic' publication for just 20.000 VND. The publication contains interesting facts and pictures. There is a souvenir shop in the prison, the souvenir there cost cheaper than compared to official souvenir shops in the city.
Written 31 December 2020
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Sydneysider888
Sydney, Australia198 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Visited this prison museum in late December 2019. Only a small portion of the original jail has been preserved. I found the visit very interesting and informative, a real eye-opener. It gives an insight into Hanoi's history, through French colonial rule, local rebellion, and the Vietnam war. Of course there will be some local bias, but it sparked interest for me to look in to those historical events further after the visit. It is a fairly somber journey through the jail, but does end on a lighter note.

The price of the visit is nominal, 30,000VND or there-abouts. Probably allow about an hour or so, depends on whether or not you read all the information presented. We found it easy and cheap to travel to different sites using Grab while in Hanoi.
Written 18 January 2020
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Caitlyn M
Montreal, Canada10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
This museum was fabulous. I learned a lot about the history of Vietnam and the the prison itself. Although it definitely is slanted towards the good of the country even taking that bias into consideration it is very interesting. I highly recommend getting the audio guide, it is worth the price.
Written 20 January 2020
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VickyT_TravelBug
Melbourne, Australia460 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We spent an interesting afternoon doing the audio tour and found it very interesting and emotional.
You learn the history of the conditions the Vietnamese were kept in under the French rule and the way the Americans were treated after being captured during the vietnam war when it was referred to as the Hanoi Hilton.
A must see activity in Hanoi.
Written 3 January 2020
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Karol J
Liverpool, UK179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Hoa Lo Prison is memory place that you should visit if you are in Hanoi. It will take through the history of Vietnam and open your eyes on what happened to the nation.
Exibition can be creepy at times as you will encouter life sized statues of prisoners in dimly lit cells. Spend some time to read description on each exibition. You can book a tour with audio or with a guide. Entry fee is really cheap
Written 8 January 2020
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Justnitid
Mumbai, India368 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Hoa Lo prison was built by the French by taking over and displacing an entire village community. Over the years it was the place where Vietnamese freedom fighters were interred in the most inhuman conditions possible. There are lots of stories here; stories of brutality and death; and stories of heroism, like those who escaped through the sewers. The prison was also used to house American PoWs.
This prison museum is open till 5 pm. Photography is allowed; however out of respect for those who suffered here I took only 3 - one being the shadow of the guillotine.
Written 8 March 2020
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73Chelle73
Sydney, Australia88 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We did the prison on our last day in Hanoi to fill in the day before leaving for home. We all hired the headsets for a small fee, I feel you get a lot more out of the experience if you do. There is a lot of information in English you can read but listening allows you to walk around & observe a lot more, took us a few hours to get around, no food options available within other than vending machines so take it with you. My 20 & 16 year old kids got a lot out of it but I wouldn’t take small children.
Written 26 January 2020
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joannegray
Buckinghamshire, UK618 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
It's bizarre to read that American prisons of war were apparently kept quite comfortable and treated well... in a way almost offensive but then who's to say what's correct and what's not?!

The prison has been well kept and reflected the entire history from the point of view of the Vietnamese. It's quite eye opening and well worth a visit. I'd say an important part of the countries history.

I'd highly recommend spending the little extra on an audio guide to enhance the experience and clarify everything you are looking at.
Written 23 March 2020
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Alan R
Aiken, SC33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This museum really did a great job telling the story of this prison during the French colonial times and the horrors that took place. It is worth the trip and is located near many different other areas of note, such as St. Joseph cathedral and the women's history museum. So create a nap and spend the day exploring.
Written 4 February 2020
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Hello in 10 Languages
England, UK166 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
We travelled for the full length of Vietnam from Hanoi to Saigon, via Danang, taken in most of the 'War' history. Hoa Lo Prison a.k.a Hanoi Hilton proved to be the most friendly and non-biased war associated site we visited.

The museum mainly concentrates on the French occupation, guillotine provided, and also how the museum has been used by a prison. All the information is well presented.
Written 26 January 2020
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