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Hoa Lo Prison

1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
+84 4 3934 2253
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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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1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Well some interesting infos. I think it wasn't that different from other prison museums that I have went. It's small so good for stopping by.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Not sure that any visit to a prison can be described as enjoyable, particularly in view of its gruesome history. Nevertheless, it is part of Vietnamese history and should be visited if you want to obtain a better understanding of the country.

Thank ew25
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I didn't have much time in Hanoi but wanted to see this as it's very famous. It was smaller than expected because over the years they pulled down areas for housing etc, but the museum was well thought out and gave a good history of...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I wanted to see this as it is a place I heard about a lot in my youth as a child of the 60’s and 70’s. I come to Hanoi fairly regularly and have a real appreciation for the Vietnamese people. I found the museum,...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

A 'must see' site, but rather depressing. This is the jail where John McCain and many other American POWs were kept during the Vietnam War, a tragic episode in both countries' history.

Thank Barry H
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Although only part of the prison remains and the viewpoint is, quite rightly, biased to the Vietnamese point of view, this is another interesting visit to make in Vietnam. There is work still going on developing a memorial area outside the main building. Well worth...More

Thank championfamily
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I was anxious to see the “ Hanoi Hilton” the famed residence of Senator John Mcain. Like most Vietnam museum it is not well cared for. Nevertheless it was a bit interesting. The cost for entry is only 30,000 vnd per person. So perhaps it...More

Thank Tim S
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Interesting visit to a historical site built by the French and used to detain US pow including McCain. Didn’t offer any tours but had some videos in English that were well done. Have some well preserved prison cells that show the harrowing conditions. Also have...More

Thank Robby A
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very interesting. Needs to be taken with a grain of salt as there’s a bit of propaganda. But defiant worth the visit

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I was glad to learn the long history of the French built prison which is still in use and at one time held American prisoners of war. Understand that this is a tour that is biased, and you need to weigh that in your mind....More

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mdningbo
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Carolyn S
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Lisa M
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Response from Greg B | Reviewed this property |
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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