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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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Interesting insight into the French occupation

Guillotine and al - depicted the cruelty of the French during the occupation. A little about the American war as well. Very good value for money

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Brisbane, Australia
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Scunthorpe
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

There is not much left of the original prison so it depends heavily on photos and literature to try and convey what it was like,there is lots of propaganda in there as we so I didn't feel I was getting an unbiased view about how the prison was run, it was quite interesting but not worth going out of your... More 

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Thank Wendy M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Myself being from Vietnamese descent, it was nice to know more about my ancestors history and to show it to my fiance, even though I can understand the truth is sometimes hard to bear.

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Brisbane, Australia
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Guillotine and al - depicted the cruelty of the French during the occupation. A little about the American war as well. Very good value for money

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Thank quantumoz
Petaluma
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39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The exhibits and history of this prison make it a tough place to visit. Not a big place but interesting to see after hearing so much about the "Hanoi Hilton"

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Seoul, South Korea
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The prison museum is shocking and well preserved. Really worth a visit. The crimes commited by the Vietnamese army are obviously glossed over but otherwise it was very interesting.

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123soton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Good but short section on American War. Most of the prison focuses on French and political prisoners. Don't need too much time to see this one but worth a short trip.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Really enjoyed this tour, it had some nice photographic records and did a good job at providing English descriptions. You don't really ends a guide to do this and can do it on your own.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The sign over the door reads Maison Centrale, reflecting the French heritage of this prison that originally housed political dissidents and later American airmen. Only the main prison building remains. The quarters where John McCain and others were housed have been replaced by a modern highrise.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Even if you do not have a tour guide, you can visit it self-paced as all signs are in English. You even get a booklet that provides further information. There is a small courtyard where you can rest for a bit between inner buildings. You learn a lot about things that you would otherwise never know and this prison's story... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Unfortunately the majority of the site of the former prison has been given over to a luxury tower block, somewhat spoiling the poignancy of the visit. However, the oppressive nature of the French Colonial prison still pervades and the death cells and guillotine make it clear how brutal that regime was, forcing men to escape through tiny gaps cut in... More 

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