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Hoa Lo Prison

1 Hoa Lo St | Phu Khanh village, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
04-824-6358
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As featured in 3 days in Hanoi
Ranked #16 of 94 attractions in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: This recommendation to travelers to Hanoi is a new book published by Yale University Southeast Asia Studies called Hoa Lo/Hanoi Hilton Stories.   The... more »
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

but also very sad. they have a room set as a replica of how all the prisoners lived, which is really heartbreaking the rest of the prison is like a museum with all the relevant facts and details. was very cheap to get in and worth a look at.

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The Hanoi Hilton was a propaganda prison during the Vietnam War (or American War depending on where you are from). And it still is. Although the vast majority of it is devoted to the horrors of the French occupation and not to the war. I'm glad I went but it wasn't a highlight.

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Dhekelia, Cyprus
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

We decided to go on this tour because someone had described it as a 'must do'on any trip to Hanoi, and maybe it is. Maybe. The reason I say 'maybe' is because I feel that a little bit of prior knowledge is a prerequisite for any visitor. I will explain why. The impression that you are given is that the... More

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Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The prison is well worth a visit. As far as I could see there were no guided tours (same with a lot of museums in Vietnam). There are narratives as you move through the prison but I couldn't help feeling we didn't get the full story & significance of the place.

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Beijing
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

Good insight into life under French occupation and 'rose' tinted view of treatment of American prisoners? Well presented and informative, guillotine is macabre!

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Very interesting, learnt much and well worth a visit. As some have said there is an eerie feel to the place and you can almost hear the walls talking to you!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The French imprisonment of the Vietnamese was displayed emphasizing the atrocities committed. The Vietnamese imprisonment of the Americans was displayed as if the prisoners were attending some private, vacation getaway: basketball, movies, chess, happy times. This traveler hopes that someday a more factual display will be presented.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is one place that has to be visited albeit a little depressing. The conditions of the prisoners was terrible and there is still the guillotine which they used to execute prisoners. There are lots of photos of how it was with explanations of the different conditions for the Americans and Viets. It's a place which is cheerless but has... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

As an American who grew up hearing tales of the "Hanoi Hilton," this was number one on my sightseeing list. You'll see John McCain's flight suit and other artifacts of the American pilots who were confined here, but the focus of the exhibit is on the French colonial period when the prisoners were Vietnamese who schooled each other on Communism... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We hadnt planned on going here on our walking tour of the museums in hanoi but it turned out to be very interesting... well worth the visit

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