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Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been mostly torn down. A museum occupies the remaining structure.
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1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
+84 4 3934 2253
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Reviewed today

We decided to visit, so we had an insight into prison life during the war and it really it fascinating to learn about the treatment of the prisoners. It is very thought provoking to see the size of cells, and the way treatment of prisoner...More

Thank nikkisingh
Reviewed today via mobile

an interesting if a little macabre attraction. part of old french jail and later hanoi Hilton preserved. only 30k entry to see guillotine and other examples of how french looked after their prisoners. most creative was sloping floor cell with foot chains at high end....More

Thank antnChris
Reviewed today

We walked to Hoa Lo from our hotel in the old quarter with the Hanoi Kids. While I knew a fair amount about the Vietnam War - or American War as it is called in Vietnam, I didn't know much about the French colonization period....More

Thank lu192
Reviewed today via mobile

Interesting place to learn a bit about Vietnam’s history during the times when it was a French colony and during the Vietnam war.

Thank Chelsea F
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you have only a couple of days, skip it. However, it was interesting to see if you have time to kill in Hanoi. Price is reasonable and some of what you can see is terrifying in a good way.

Thank Kimiya M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We enjoyed our visit and we found some of the information very disturbing, we tried to educate ourselves while in Vietnam and here gave us a lot of information we would generally not have known.

Thank AndyMailey
Reviewed yesterday

The "Hanoi Hilton" was easy for us to visit as we were staying at Somerset Grand Hanoi which is actually built on some of the old prison grounds. Only cost a few dollars and worth seeing to learn about the treatment of prisoners in Vietnam.

Thank KazzaKK
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We visited Hoa Lo on an awful weather day in Hanoi, however we did not let it spoil our visit of the old prison, which we were shown around as part of our Hanoi tour given by two students. Although there are plenty of information...More

Thank SimonF64
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I was blown away by the guillotine. The gift shop is midway, not at the end, so don't think you are done when you reach it. The wax figures of prisoners really bring it to life.

Thank citymaven
Reviewed 2 days ago

Interesting museum mostly concentrating on the prison during French occupation, but also the use of the site during the Vietnam War to house American pilots. Certainly looks at things from a different angle to the Western perspective of that period.

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Response from Greg B | Reviewed this property |
You can certainly do this by yourself. We chose a half day city tour that included the prison and other important landmarks in Hanoi. The benefit was that we had an English speaking guide who was very knowledgeable and... More