Con Dao Prison

Con Dao Prison, Con Son: Hours, Address, Con Dao Prison Reviews: 4.5/5

Con Dao Prison
4.5
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
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GRtravelling
Seattle223 contributions
History
Dec 2020
A realistic and significant experience.
Opened up a vision as to what happened on the island.
Worth a visit.
Written January 19, 2021
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JSTrip_77
Hanoi, Vietnam1,045 contributions
The Main "Prison Attraction" Really a Horrorscape
Oct 2020
The largest and most visually striking of the Con Dao prisons Phu Hai contains the original tiger cages that, if you visit Hoa Lo prison in Hanoi (Hanoi "Hilton,") you'll see replicated. We did not take a guided tour but the minimal signage plus the physical structure of the prison itself was sufficient to tell the story . I'm not sure that this place is actually being left to rot like some reviewers say. This is a valuable, historical relic and a site for pilgrimage. If you're only going to visit one prison, this is probably the one you want to see.
Written October 13, 2020
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lee m
Vung Tau, Vietnam159 contributions
historic
Jun 2020
well set up for tourists, but guide only spoke vietnamese so talk was lost on other nationalities. very cheap to get in
Written June 3, 2020
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dravinash23
Maldives14 contributions
"Meaningful Exhibition of Suffering by Vietnamese Prisoners of War"
Dec 2019
This is an evocative experience because of the authenticity of the preserved prison cell blocks, combined with life-like hand crafted mannequins showing the inhuman conditions the prisoners endured.

The Con Dao prison operated from 1864 to 1954 under the French, and until 1975 under the South Vietnamese military regime supported by the Americans.

More than 21,000 political prisoners died there.

Truly horrific circumstances and anyone with the slightest interest in contemporary history must visit this captivating site. Racks, pits, torture... all have a prescribed, illustrated or visual presence. It's a horrible, tragic, visual, tangible and real experience. Not a place to take young children, but a must visit location for anyone hoping to understand the heritage, suffering and sacrifice of innocent Vietnamese people.

Visit this place and remind yourself how lucky you are.

I recommend going with a guide as there are only a few explanatory placards in English, and the guide can explain history and sequence of incidents in detail.
Written April 21, 2020
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kevspain
Sandbach, UK116 contributions
A chilling experience of prison life during the war
Mar 2020 • Friends
A look into the past history of the island and the poor treatment political prisoners by foreign forces. The treatment to say the least was barbaric and humiliating to the poor people, both men and women who suffered in this prison.
The ‘Tiger cages’ describes just that and how prisoners were treated like animals.
It is a reminder that war only brings suffering to the people.
Written March 4, 2020
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Sam
Auckland Central, New Zealand6 contributions
Well preserved and very shocking
Nov 2019 • Couples
This prison system is well preserved and spread throughout the island. There are the well known french and american tiger cages, and these are in separate areas of the prisons. All of them are available by purchasing one ticket at the museum admissions, with access to the 4 locations on them. They get hole punched at each one you go to and they’re 40,000 dong each. There is not a lot of english at the locations except for the museum, but the prisons have plaques written only in vietnamese as far as i saw. This is easily overcome by reading one of the many descriptive articles about each of the prison locations found online.
Written November 21, 2019
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Linh H. Luong
18 contributions
Touching moment
May 2019 • Solo
There is 1 big prison (Phu Hai) and several small prisons around, 2 tiger cage (america and french) and 1 museum in the main town. It’s about the French war and America war before 1945
It is associated with a lot of historical wars on Vietnam country and the prisons on this island are testament to that. Because it is sensitive about the viewpoint of war (it depends on personal point), the state, it cannot be stated clearly. But one thing that can be easily seen and confirmed is that: War only causes suffering to humanity
Tip: You might need a host (tourguide) who understands Vietnamese history so you don't miss any moments that you shouldn't in this place
Written November 14, 2019
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peter w
Chicago, IL75 contributions
Humbling
Mar 2019 • Couples
You must visit when in Con Dao to see the atrocious conditions the mostly political prisoners were kept in.

They spoke at length about the tiger cages and how the american ones were worse than the french ones....when infact they weren't similar at all.

You only need an hour but its time you won't regret.
Written March 31, 2019
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Maaike Z
Scheveningen, The Netherlands99 contributions
Impressive
Feb 2019 • Couples
Such a beautiful place but with such a horrible history. Combine this with the tiger cages ánd the museum to make it complete.
Written February 20, 2019
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Simona Patrizi
Berlin, Germany13 contributions
A must when in Vietnam
Jan 2019
If you’re travelling in Vietnam you can’t and you shouldn’t avoid the big elephant in the room: the Vietnam War. Con Dao and its prisons are a must!
Written January 13, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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