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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
Description: Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been mostly...
Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been mostly torn down. A museum occupies the remaining structure.
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It was very interesting. Our 10yo was a little disturbed but well worth seeing. Only a small part of the prison remains as most was sold off and they built a huge hotel. We used... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

This prison is famously known as the Hanoi Hilton, named so by the US airmen shot down and captured during the Vietnam war. The most interesting thing here is the propaganda video they show featuring the airmen's time spent in the prison. It's fascinating after 40 years they are still showing this and keeping the propaganda going. If you were... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

An interesting insight into Vietnamese history. A little overdone with the good Vietnamese-bad Americans, but understandable considering.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Exhibits were well sign posted with explanations written in different languages including English. The best part were the cells where death row inmates were held and reading about escapes from the prison. More photos than anything.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

It was very interesting. Our 10yo was a little disturbed but well worth seeing. Only a small part of the prison remains as most was sold off and they built a huge hotel. We used Hanoi Kids to show us round.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

The prison was an exceptional place to visit as you get to learn about the lives of people who were imprisoned and the terrifying conditions they faced. Although it is full of propaganda and can be argued is biased, it was worth the time - and there were no queues!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Prison used by French for Vietnamese and later by Vietnamese for American pilots. It has three parts, two on the ground floor and one on the top floor. Ground floor is divided between Vietnamese and American parts. They show well the difference in how inmates were treated. Most of annotations are in three languages ( Vietnamese, French and English) so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

A short walk from the Old Quarter. No need for a tour. Small charge to get in. Quite disturbing to see how brutally the prisoners were treated being put in the shackles etc. Not a place for children. A must see to understnd the history of Vietnam. Also called the Hanoi Hilton by the American pilots.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Not that much of it remains, an office block covers much of the old site, part of which is now a memorial. The exhibits in the prison offer an interesting point of view of its history. Entrance was $1.5US and took about 1.5 hours to look around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

The conditions of this prison were frightening for us as travellers, how the prisoners felt would be beyond comprehension. Rooms open to view so you felt what the prisoners would be feeling. Informative and well presented.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Family and 3 children visit 1 hr. Everyone really enjoyed this - many signs were in English, you don't need a guide here. Really helps in developing an understanding on the nationalistic pride evident in Vietnam, their fight with the French for so long.

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