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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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Good visit, as long as you remember to keep your eyes open

I was definitely glad I visited Hoa Lo Prison. Very interesting to find out about Vietnamese history, although having also read information from other sources I think it's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I thought this visit was great, full of information, signage in Vietnamese, English and French. Very clear and easy to read (not to wordy), very well laid out. I think great for the whole family, does definitely give you a glimpse into the past horrific conditions prisoners faced.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I was definitely glad I visited Hoa Lo Prison. Very interesting to find out about Vietnamese history, although having also read information from other sources I think it's important to take it with a pinch of salt. Very reasonably priced, although I wish I'd known before hand to take my student card for discount.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The visit was very educational and also very touching. My fav part was the documentaries about prison life and how the Vietnamese army took such good care of the American prisoners of war, whilst it was quite the opposite with the way americans treated the vietnamese.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Interesting because it belongs to a difficult period for VN. Don't just walk through, but if possible have someone explain what you're looking at as there is a lot of information to be understood., May be hard on small kids.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Whilst staying in Hanoi, we went to visit Hoa La prison. It was very interesting place to visit . All the signs are in Vietnamese, English and French so it is easy to follow. I am not sure it is really suitable for young children.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Whislt only a small section of the person remains it has been well set up as a museum. Interesting reading their little booklet (extra charge) and viewing the exhibits. The original guillotine from 1984 is also on display. Just don't be too swayed by the propaganda....there were barbaric acts on both sides!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum was definitely interesting – we got to learn about what happened with both the French and the Americans throughout Vietnamese history. I recommend visiting this place – it made me want to learn more!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Definitely worth a visit. Full of information remnants pictures etc. Cheap to enter and easy to find!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's a bit propaganda-like. It's about the prison the French used for a lot of Vietnamese people and a few American. They do picture it that it was a (Hilton) hotel overthere. Besides that, very interesting to have a look at. A black page of history

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I went with one friend and we were both very glad we did this. The museum is very respectfully designed and they have almost all signs in english (and french). The Price was not bad at all, but if you are a student you should bring your studentcard for discount. I Think it is a must see in Hanoi.

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