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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

It was a very hot day when we visited meaning that we did not spend as much time as we would have liked to, however this is a well set up exhibition and was very informative

Thank Zara P
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It was very spectacular to see, but also very hard to watch - it kind of smelled like death in the cells...

Thank Michelle N
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very interesting museum, totally worth a visit to learn about Vietnam’s history with the French and Americans. The prison is interesting and horrifying at the same time...

Thank Klaus W
Reviewed 2 days ago

Hao Lo Prison,also known as the Hanoi Hilton, was used by the French colonists for Vietnamese political prisoners. During the Vietnam War, U.S. POWs were housed at the prison, with one of the most notable being John McCain. The majority of the exhibits focus on...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Hoa Lo prison museum is very interesting and explained the history of it from its use by the French up to its housing of POW's during vietnam. I would definitely recommend it if you are visiting Hanoi.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Felt pretty authentic. Especially when looking at cells etc. The stories and photos were very intriguing and gave a real insight to the struggles of prisoners. Cost 30,000 vnd pp. definitely worth while!

Thank Damo H
Reviewed 3 days ago

Particularly in case you're American, it seems absurd to visit Hanoi and never see this little bit of history. As another product user pointed out, it does not cost a lot and does not take up time that is much. The majority of it concentrates...More

Thank sheila f
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very grim history of how both regular and political prisoners were treated by the French during their occupation of Vietnam. This is certainly an eye opener of how horrific it was for those unlucky enough to have been imprisoned here. As the title says, it's...More

Thank Chloe M
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Hanoi Hilton is a 'must do'. Only a tiny portion remains as a museum that emphasizes the plight of the innocent vietnamese and minimizes the American POWs that were tortured there. But that is from their perspective.

Thank geos1
Reviewed 4 days ago

This was close by my hotel and i had a couple of hours to kill so I wandered over to visit here. I was not sure what to expect as the majority of the original buildings have been replaced by a huge modern skyscraper. However,...More

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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