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Address: 1 Hoa Lo St | Phu Khanh village, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
Phone Number:
04-824-6358
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been...

Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been mostly torn down. A museum occupies the remaining structure.

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One can only imagine the depair of the inmates

This is obviously the cleaned up version put on show, but one can only imagine the smell and overall atmosphere of despair that the prisoners endured. When you see the solitary... read more

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

This is obviously the cleaned up version put on show, but one can only imagine the smell and overall atmosphere of despair that the prisoners endured. When you see the solitary cells and the dummies all shackled in one leg chain on a stone bench it doesn't bear thinking about. The worst one to send a chill down your spine... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

This is worth checking out to understand the history of the area. You can walk around without a guide as the signs are in english, french and Vietnamese; but the guides do add background context.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The place is clean. They had a good management and conservative historical of Vietnamese.I feel like I was taking back through the time there were people stay in that prison. So sad

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This to me was big on my list after reading so much about the Vietnam War . It was sad to see where the outgoing Vice President was once imprisoned. It is a grim place but it tells a lot about the terrible times people here suffered though the years gone by.

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Thank easterntreker
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is worth a visit when u are at Hanoi. We walked from old quarter and it took us 25 minutes to reach there. It denotes the hardship faces by Vietnamese against the imperialist powers of the time. It is quite enlightening and the place can be covered in a short span of time.

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Thank JaYa P
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The prison is definitely a must see whilst in Hanoi for anyone interested in Vietnamese history. It is very well maintained and contains English translations for all areas of the prison. English speaking guides are available.

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Thank Benjamin J
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited here with two children (12 and 15) and are glad we did. Its a pity the entire complex wasn't retained, but it is a very well displayed museum and you get a true sense of the conditions and the history. The life size figures are very effective. Be sure to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Whilst quite sobering, this is definetely worth the visit to introduce yourself to some of the hardships of Vietnam. It's easy enough to understand and stroll through at your own pace.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very historical and emotional place to visit. Some may say it is biased against the french but regardless it is a must see if you are at all interested in the history of Vietnam. A prison turned museum, The Hoa Lo Prison was once known by the americans as the Hilton Hotel. It is now filled with information and facts... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Really worth a couple of hours. No guide needed as English signs are everywhere, albeit the history on them may be from a biased POV.

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