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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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For approximately £1 this is a little bargain! The exhibition is cool and you can go into the old cells.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Small as much of the building is missing. What is left is important to see, but mostly presented as original history of Vietnamese people suffering under French rule. Very sad to see. Largely ignores use as Prisoner of War camp.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

For approximately £1 this is a little bargain! The exhibition is cool and you can go into the old cells.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Hoa Lo prison is a must see if in Hanoi . The death row cells are haunting. It is good to see the Vietnamese point of view of the "Hanoi Hilton" instead of just the American viewpoint.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It took a while to find this as we walked but once arrived well worth the visit. I think we were a couple of hours there as so much to see and read. The stories are interesting and sad, to horrific but this is history! Well worth the entry of 30000 VND each (approx. NZ$2.00)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum tells the story of the Hỏa Lò prison (the Hanoi Hilton,) from its use by the French colonists to imprison Vietnamese freedom fighters, to its usage as a prison for Americans captured during the Vietnam war. It has a lot of exhibits and interesting artifacts from the prison, including John McCain's flight suit from when he was shot... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Hoa Lo Prison was a must see place in our trip to Hanoi as it highlighted the struggle of freedom of those who were captures by the French. Although it's a shame that only part of the prison is left (majority has been converted into a hotel), it was showed a very interesting and insightful part of Vietnam's struggle against... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent a couple hours here. It was enjoyable and informative in English and other languages. No need to buy the guide book. What a horrific time for the Vietnamese during the French takeover!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It is an interesting museum. Student price is 15,000 and full price is 30,000 which is a good price for what you get. The information is good inside the museum, which I haven't experienced in all museums in Vietnam. You can also get a guide if you prefer, which I noticed many groups did. Like many other museums the information... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

There is not a whole lot of this prison left to see, but there is a 3D model to have a perspective. It is not something that will make you feel good. This is the prison where the American John McCain was held captive. There is one photo of him receiving a health check. The message given was that the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A great way to spend a couple of hours. I enjoyed my tour through the prison, and the knowledge I gained. Very informative and helpful. I think they need to spend some money revitalizing the place though.

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