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Phu Quoc Discovery - The North
Norrkoping, Sweden
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“Interesting but...”
Reviewed November 14, 2013

The place was interesting, but small. We spent 30 minutes there and that was quite enough. The staff didn't know much english, they barely understood when we asked were the actual prison was. There are no signs guiding you there, but it's right next to the main road so not hard to find anyway.

The story they're telling is quite one-sided, but it's the ones who win the war who tells the stories- right? Still- it was interesting, terrible and worth a visit!

Visited November 2013
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“Eye opener.”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

Can't say it's not worth visiting here if you have seen the prison in Hanoi as they all are a part of history and different. A big eye opener and shocking makes you appreciate what you have.

Visited October 2013
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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“Worth it if you haven't already seen the prison in Hanoi”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

Sadly this is typical of most of the attractions in Vietnam. Well put together but poorly administered. We were unable to get the lights or fans put on in the main room which meant it was very dark in places and very difficult to see the displays properly. The figures are very well done and realistic. The English translations on the boards outside the prison barracks are so bad that at times its difficult to understand what is actually meant. In spite of this the content is shocking and brings home how futile war is. The prison in Hanoi is far better so if you've been there then it's probably not worth going to this one. If you haven't seen Hanoi then it's worth a visit. Note that it closes over lunchtime from 11h30 to 13h30 so you need to plan around those times.

Visited October 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Shocking, but well worth it”
Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

It was quite a confronting experience walking through phu quoc prison. Seeing how the north vietnamese prisoners were treated was saddening. But it was informative and educational as well. Well worth a visit, just be prepared to see examples of treacherous conditions

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Melbourne, Australia
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“Phu Quoc Prison, Worth the look”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

We grabbed a motor scooter from near where we were staying and went for a ride. CAlled into the prison, which appeared to be closed. However once getting off the scooter and having a good look at the main entrance area, noticed there was no one there. Place was open however, so we just walked in and had a look around.

Very confronting, and very well done. Being an ex serviceman who served in Vietnam in 1970-71 I was very interested in it. Didn't open my eyes up all that much as I sort of knew these things used to happen, but keeping in mind it happened on both sides.

The cages and tactics used were very cruel and considering it was happening not all that long back.

It would have been nice to have a coffee or cold drink there after walking around the compound but there was nothing open. There was a toilet to the side of the compound which looks like it is used by workers or tenants from the place (not that we seen any) so maybe a better toilet set up also. Maybe even a tour guide that you can hire who can explain things to you, although it is pretty plain what used to happen there.

Certainly needs to be a bit better organised and even charge an entry fee to go and have a look. We spent probably an hour or so there and it was well worthwhile. I recommend it to all who stay at the lovely island of Phu Quoc.

Visited November 2012
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