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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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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 made sure we didn’t miss important points or photo opportunities. Also included a great lunch and due to time of year, an air conditioned car which was a blessing.