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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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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Hanoi
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1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
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+84 4 3934 2253
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Reviewed yesterday 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 yesterday

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 yesterday 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 2 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 2 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 I was not sure what to expect as the majority of the original buildings have been replaced by a huge modern skyscraper.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

Thank KPR1955
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

War Remembrance This is more of a artifact collection than Anything . And one of the biggest examples of propaganda I have ever seen! I’m no expert on the Vietnam war but I do know it is more complicated than just saying the evil Americans...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Seeing the conditions of how they kept Vietnam prisoners under French rule was chilling but amazing to see. The exhibit of the American/Vietnam war was also really good. Highly recommend a visit.

Thank katieirelanddesigns
Reviewed 3 days ago

It is so interesting to see the “other side of the story”. It is very detailed starting with the French war where the French were imprisoning the Vietnamese to the capture and care of the US prisoners. Plan 4 hours. Near by is the war...More

Thank Kevin O
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Covers the history between the struggle with France and Vietnamese, along with American soldiers. Very interesting, really cool place to visit!

Thank Derek L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I was taken by surprised the way history was kept and the toughness of the Vietnamese people who took the aggressive action by the French and finally winning their independence through sheer bravery and mental courage. Definitely a lesson to remember!!

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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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