Ho Chi Minh Trail Museum

Ho Chi Minh Trail Museum, Hanoi: Hours, Address, Ho Chi Minh Trail Museum Reviews: 4/5

Ho Chi Minh Trail Museum
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7:30 AM - 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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tumbleweeds023
Hanoi, Vietnam649 contributions
Excellent museum on the southern outskirts of Hanoi
Nov 2020
A seldom visited museum on the southern outskirts of Hanoi that is surprisingly informative and well-curated. Staff is helpful and speaks English. Almost all signage and information is in both Vietnamese and English.

I had thought that the Ho Chi Minh Trail was a single road/path that was used to ferry supplies to the troops fighting in the American War. I didn't know that it actually consisted of 20,000 kilometers of roads, an oil pipeline, electricity and supply depots.

It starts out with a movie (also in either Vietnamese or English), then two floors of exhibits and an interesting outdoor area with exhibits, too. Well worth the (<$1) price of admission.

No need to take a taxi to get here - if you're staying in the Old Quarter, the #1, #2 and #9 buses all leave from Hoan Kiem Lake and take you to within 600 meters of the museum entrance.

If you want to understand Vietnam, what makes it tick, and the determination of her people, this is a good place to start. As others have mentioned, we had the place to ourselves. It's worth five stars.
Written November 18, 2020
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R M
Savannah, GA286 contributions
Worth it for history people
Jun 2019 • Solo
A bit it out of the normal tourist circuit, and my Grab driver was a little confused as to where it was (he went in too as he'd never been before). Comprehensive exhibit with requisite relics and dioramas. Learned a lot, but was so quiet and was only visitor there. As others have said, don't forget to visit the back part.
Written June 8, 2019
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JSTrip_77
Hanoi, Vietnam1,045 contributions
Often overlooked but WELL worth the trip
Apr 2019 • Solo
I acknowledge the previous reviewers who complain that this museum is located outside of the general tourist area. However, taxis are cheap in Hanoi and anyone who is even remotely interested in history - specifically the Vietnam (American) war, will find this place really interesting. This museum is really well done and has about 98 percent of it's signage translated into English. The movie is really well-done and is worth seeing. I learned an awful lot. Actually, I found this museum to be incredibly powerful. True, there is a bit of a propaganda element to this but there's also the story of the incredible efforts and determination by the Vietnamese people to open these logistical routes and keep them open while under relentless bombardment.

There are two floors full of exhibits, the movie, and some vehicles outside. But, one thing that most guests will likely miss is the recreated tunnels behind the large memorial behind the museum. I had to turn the lights on for myself but I'm glad that I didn't miss it!!
Written April 14, 2019
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t1g2
Santa Fe, NM29 contributions
Veterans or anyone interested in the Vietnam War should visit
Nov 2018 • Couples
I would have given this gem of a museum a 5 had it been easier to get to. Most tourists I think stay in the old section of Hanoi where there are many attractions that are just a hike away. We took a taxi which took 45-55 minutes for about $15 to $18 each way. (But the traffic flow is an attraction in Vietnam as well - and almost an amusement park ride in it's own way.)

This is a military museum honoring the people who built, engineered, repaired and carried supplies along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. It is a noteworthy experience as an American to see the war from the other side - nationalism and all. No matter your nationality though - you can't help but come away from this with a healthy respect for what they accomplished with sheer determination. A small area dedicated to the tragic effects of Agent Orange is appropriately unsettling.

In back of the museum is a new memorial to all those who gave their lives for the Trail. Some 20,000 names are carved into stone pillars. You can't escape the eerie parallel of how Vietnam and the US honor our soldiers who died in this war.

There were only about 5 other visitors during our visit and we stayed an hour and a half.
Written December 12, 2018
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Dominick1984
Hanoi, Vietnam59 contributions
Dusty but authentic
Jul 2018 • Friends
This is a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made by the men and women who built the Ho Chi Minh trail — some 12,000 died, as it was infinitely bombed by American planes for years during the conflict.
Inside, the museum is tired, dusty and a bit grubby, but we enjoyed (if that is the word) seeing some of the images, weapons and other exhibits that tell the story. There is a good short film and much to linger over.
Outside, there is a moving Memorial to the thousands who died, set amongst a peaceful and lush-green garden, and you can also explore a replica of the underground tunnels that were such an important feature.
We took the bus, number 1, from the central bus station, which took us straight to the museum — about a10-minute Walk from the bus route terminal.
Written July 21, 2018
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AlanM
Edinburgh, UK92 contributions
A gem, well worth a visit
Jul 2018 • Family
We spent a really interesting couple of hours here. We thought the photos were really moving. The staff were really helpful and gave us extra info without overdoing it. In face they opened the whole place just for us! The short film really shows the astonishing scale of the engineering involved, with a clever and enormous model lighting up in sync with the film to show the routes. It would be massively impressive even without the constant bombing and rebuilding. Highly recommended. Using the "grab" taxi app is a reasonably priced way to make the round trip.
Written July 19, 2018
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Steve F
London, UK27 contributions
Very good museum
Apr 2018 • Solo
This is a very interesting museum with good displays of artifacts to do with the HCM trail but it is the photographs that are the best, of people, soldiers, repairs, living, everything to do with the trail and how the North Vietnamese used it to defeat the South Vietnamese and the US. Outside there are some of the heavy duty Soviet, Chinese and Japanese trucks used on the trail and at the back are big wall tablets with the names of those who died on the trail. This is one of the best museums I have visited in Vietnam and there have been a lot. Go, its not far from the Centre of Hanoi and you can combine a visit with some of the outlying Pagodas easily enough.
Written April 20, 2018
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DogTagTours
Hershey203 contributions
For history enthusiasts...and students of the Vietnamese Civil War
Jan 2018
Interesting. Traveled in a group with several US Vietnam Veterans who were amazed by the details of the construction and maintenance of the HCM Trail that they didn't know.

Museum layout is generous wide spaces to study the exhibits, read explanations.

Personal accounts of those who trekked supplies by bike, back, animal, and vehicle... reveals the very harsh conditions of keeping the trail open... after repeated bombing runs by USAF.

Rest rooms easy to locate. Clean. and the property is somewhat accessible to those with mobility issues... not completely though.

The reuse of the trail .. a new super four lane highway... amused our Vietnam Veterans whose youth was spent trying to interrupt the flow of materials to the VC in the South.

Great study of the longevity of the conflict and the critical role of the HCM Trail.

Glad we made our way out of the city to visit this hidden museum outside of Hanoi.

Written April 2, 2018
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Kecap
Kinshasa7 contributions
Closed. For renovation until early 2018
Jul 2017 • Family
After a long trip from Hanoi we were surprised to discover that from July 1 2017 this museum is closed for about six months. There is no notice of this on the website in either language, though a staff member did indicate that the news was broadcast on TV. At least we had the foresight to tell the taxi to hang around.
Written July 13, 2017
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Mel B
Hanoi, Vietnam3,190 contributions
A gem easily missed - lest we forget
Apr 2017 • Solo
Situated 15 or more kilometers from Hoàn Khiêm but walking distance from where I live and yet like most people I had never been there. When the metro opens it will only be 500 meters walk. A museum that ranks up near to the war remnants museum in Hcmc, which brought me to tears, but few people know it. Outdoor and indoor displays and a lot of upgrading going on when I visited. Very explanatory with lots of artifacts and many photos. A good exhibit on agent orange and a very good 20 minute video and lighted display of the hcm trails - they played it in English just for me. When I arrived it was packed with school kids but later I had the place to myself. My advice - see it before the metro opens as then it will become a major attraction.
Written April 20, 2017
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Ho Chi Minh Trail Museum is open:
  • Mon - Sat 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Mon - Sat 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM