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Hoa Lo Prison

1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
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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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  • Very good48%
  • Average17%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Definitely worth a visit as much of the prison premise has been preserved in its almost original state. Each exhibit was accompanied by clear descriptions.

Thank ben4dan4
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

At less than £1 entrance fee this is a must visit, all the signage is given in both English and Vietnamese there is also a very informative video with English subtitles all of which give the visitor the sad history of this prison and a...More

Thank Nicky C
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very interesting place. Not over priced or corny in anyway You can lock up your stuff and carry the key with you. The shop inside are nice too

Thank Henriette C
Reviewed 2 days ago

very interesting visit to see the french colonial history in vietnam - the information in English was intentionally written in a nationalistic and patriotic way to glorify their people who led to independence, and later their humane treatment of US soldiers during the vietnam war....More

Thank Fiona L
Reviewed 3 days ago

Very interesting displays and information on how the prison has been used, especially with regards to USAF prisoners. You can make you own judgements.

Thank Stoney55
Reviewed 3 days ago

A visit to the hoa lo prison should not be missed.....visiting the prison will give you an understanding regarding the French occupation of Hanoi and also the struggles of the Vietnamese people's history..... Buy the guide when you pay to enter as this really helps...More

Thank B1723AUstephenw
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was an interesting experience. I could not imagine what people went through..... Even though most parts of the prison are not there anymore this is still a place to see.

Thank windofCH
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The prison museum is interesting and does give you a flavour of what happened and what it must have been like, but the information there is pretty poor, at least in English. They told you what things were and what had happened, but didn't explain...More

Thank Melfish13
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

They had lots of pictures, videos and you get to see the cells with some Vietnam War Relics. It went more in depth for the time when the French ran the prison and the escape of the Vietnamese politicals and their freedom. Worth the trip...More

Thank 3stephs
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A sombre visit showing dark periods of the past in Vietnam, It takes an hour to visit. There is a gift shop like on other museums but there is no desire to buy a souvenir from this museum.

Thank Mariam M
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Greetings from Malaysia! May I know how long it would take to visit the entire prison? Thanks in advance!
10 May 2017|
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Response from Sinead S | Reviewed this property |
between 1 and 2 hours. I thonk the prison closes at 5 so be sure you go e yourself enough time.
How much for entrance ticket to get in there?
13 January 2017|
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Response from pauline o | Reviewed this property |
30,000VND, as I said in my review.
Stephanie C
What are the hours the prison is open?
18 November 2016|
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Response from RobertGM47 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Stephanie We were there last week. It's open from 08.00 to 17.00 every day.