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Hoa Lo Prison

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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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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Hanoi
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1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
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+84 4 3934 2253
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Reviewed yesterday

I found the Hanoi Hilton, as it is called, to be very interesting. I expected it to be a prison primarily used for housing American prisoners during the Vietnam War (as in John McCain) but learned it was used extensively as a prison for Vietnamese...More

Thank Margaret B
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Certainly worth a visit and a couple of hours of your time. Much of the original prison has been demolished to make way for commercial developments, but its good they keep some historical reminder of the past. It’s not that how best to navigate through...More

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Reviewed yesterday

I tend to avoid places like this as I cannot stand to see all the human suffering but sometimes the story has to be told so that society does not make the same mistake.Obviously the perspective is one sided when looking at the history of...More

Thank MhPitt
Reviewed 2 days ago

To see and learn a little bit of their history was both surreal and confronting. Thought this was done extremely well. Gave us much to reflect upon. This is yet another must do in Hanoi

Thank KatBj352
Reviewed 2 days ago

Worth a visit. You may think that there isn't much to see after the first wing but make sure to cross the courtyard and see 'part 2' as there is a lot more to it. The info boards have a certain perspective to them -...More

Thank PF2UK
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Although a soft touch is implied for US POWs the truth was anything but. Reminds me of the Nazi concentration camp films of happy Jews engaging in socially enjoyable behavior! BUT this is a must to comprehend evil. Those never a guest of a jail...More

Thank JimTheSailor
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Learnt a lot on this visit - but be prepared for a very raw insight into the realities of what took place here.

Thank 672Chris
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This prison is basically propaganda, but worth the inexpensive fee to see the “Hanoi Hilton”. Except for a tiny room, everything is focused on before 1945. It is powerful to see the photos of the American prisoners, and especially Sen McCain.

Thank MshackW
Reviewed 3 days ago

Just a portion of Hoa Lo Prison remains though it is enough for you personally to have a texture and taste of living there. Majority of everything is complimented with both Vietnamese and English explanations that are excellent and also enables you to tour the...More

Thank Delort F
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

An important piece of Vietnam's 20th century history. The contents of the Museum are very impressive and provide the visitor a good view of what happened in that place and what it represents to the Vietnamese people.

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mdningbo
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Lisa M
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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
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