Hoa Lo Prison
Hoa Lo Prison
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been mostly torn down. A museum occupies the remaining structure.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • GLB103
    England, United Kingdom77 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Confusing Information!
    Interesting museum but too full of propaganda! Pictures of American prisoners enjoying putting up a Christmas tree and playing pool did not sit easy. I certainly did not agree with the Americans getting involved with the war in any way but like to see how they were treated! I decided to research on my return to the UK and this prison, known as the Hanoi Hilton, was the worst POW camp - and the Americans were not treated well at all. I prefer the truth when visiting a museum and this was not!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 April 2023
  • Shelley M
    Albany, New Zealand851 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Creepy place
    I had done a bit of research before going here, even reading the book by John Mc Cain. It was still an interesting visit and whilst not entirely accurate, still had a lot of information and worthy of a visit. Quite creepy in places and I wouldn't take small children to a place like that. I liked the motorbike parking valet had towels placed on all the seats of the bikes, so owners wont get burnt butt, thought that was a nice touch. Was easy to find and you had to pay in VND, didn't seem to accept cards for payment. We spent an hour walking around and that was enough time.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 8 May 2023
  • formeryogi
    Charlotte, North Carolina181 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Short visit.
    It was one of those things that we felt like we had to do. Very little information about Vietnam War role during first part of tour. Mostly information about the prison's French past. Later, when the Vietnam war is mentioned, it shows American prisoners celebrating Christmas. Obviously, North Vietnam won the war, and it gets to present the narrative it wants. But, it does not take much imagination to realize the prison was not a pleasant place. Less than an hour. Audio tour is not necessary.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 16 May 2023
  • Sharon S
    Melbourne, Australia220 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting history
    Really interesting and well done. Make sure you get the audio tour and headphones for the best experience. Really reasonable entry and audio tour- a must if you’re visiting Hanoi.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 May 2023
  • Lozza1uk
    Altrincham, United Kingdom611 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting place to visit
    As with every location in Vietnam the story presented is quite one-sided (their home, their right to present their version of the story!) but I thought this was a well laid out museum and larger than I was expecting. Found it interesting and would love to give a massive thank you to the visitor that found my husband’s money belt he had dropped, and handed it into security. We are incredibly grateful and delighted to see there are still lovely people out there!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 June 2023
  • JamesS
    Taiwan3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Add the audio guide!
    The audio guide may seem expensive (compared to the ticket price) but is well worth the money. The introductions to each part of the prison is clear and informative whilst being complimented with personal accounts of inmates. It is a pity that barely 4/10ths of the prison remain -- how the rest "disappeared" under the neighbouring hotel remains a mystery!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Yvonne C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best tourist attraction in Hanoi!
    Best tourist attraction in Hanoi! The museum is well-designed, where you can learn the history of Vietnam from the French colonial period till the end of the Vietnam War. There's a lot to see in the prison, with clear description. There's also sufficient space to sit and enjoy the AC throughout the entire visit which is very nice during summer. There's also a small shopping mall and supermarket beside the prison which you can grab some snacks after the visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Steven H
    Adelaide, Australia23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and informative tour.
    Went to see the infamous " Hanoi Hilton", whilst only a small part remains, there was enough to see the conditions etc they had to endure. We used the audio tour for about $6, found this very informative and easier than reading all the info on site. Highly recommended.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 July 2023
  • mrbrentharris
    Hanoi, Vietnam435 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glad I visited
    As many have written. This museum is from the Vietnamese perspective. It was very interesting and a sad reminder of the original use of it by the French to imprison the Vietnamese. Before we saw the the 'American' side, our tour guide thankfully warned us, that what we were about to see was prob not an accurate portrayal of how the Americans POW's were treated. I did spend some time after I left the prison reading the stories of those who were held there.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Marcela Kane
    Houston, Texas84 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience - not sure why it was not in our tour….
    After reading “things to do” in Hanoi we asked our tour guide to accommodate a stop to the prison. We are so happy we did! Great experience and helps understand part of history. Chilling and en lighting at the same time. Would strongly recommend making time
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 August 2023
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Dianna O
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Very informative visit. Individual headset to hear the commentary for each exhibit. The information in the rooms were well presented. It was busy, but we were able to get around easily and see everything. Some of the rooms had seats so we were not constantly standing. There was a shop on site although we didn't buy anything. Although not air conditioned, there were air fans in most of the rooms.
Written 13 April 2024
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Chris318i
Regensburg, Germany350 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Impressive prison museum in Hanoi. You will find out a lot of details about the history of Vietnam. It's definitely worth a visit!
Written 11 April 2024
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Keith Munn
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Had a great time and there was an outstanding exhibition there, documenting the history of the prison. I would advise anyone visiting Hanoi to go
Written 27 March 2024
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Angelo M
Prince Albert, Canada94 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Was interesting and glad I went but nothing overly exciting.
Lots of history here and some good explanation vietnam history.
Written 26 March 2024
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Kyle
Port Macquarie, Australia1,339 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Good little tour that roughly lasts an hour or less depending on your movements
40000VND entry fee with optional 100000VND for the audio tho the subtitles on the photos and visuals are in both Vietnamese and english.
Good insight with information in regards to vietnam war and a look back in history of facts you or might not known with the history of it with lots of showings of how the p.o.w were detained and captured and how they were treated in there time of prison life.
Souviner shops also here and a good little attraction to visit to knock off a bit of time near the old quarters
Written 24 March 2024
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hemismom
Campbellville, Canada224 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We had an enjoyable morning at the museum, but highly recommend. The only thing I would suggest is that you bring insect repellent with you as sometimes the bugs are quite bad I got about 30 bites during my visit.
Written 16 March 2024
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wanjiku
Los Angeles, CA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
A sobering look at Vietnam's tumultuous history. Walk through the cramped cells, exhibits documenting the prison's dark past, and learn about the resilience of Vietnamese prisoners. A poignant reminder of the country's struggles for independence and freedom.
Written 14 March 2024
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Millie Bawden
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I went with my parents who are super interested in history- me, not so much, however I had a fantastic time. We walked through individually, without a tour or the audio and loved it. Extremely touching and really glad I saw it. No line for the tickets, just buy them outside the prison on the day.
Written 13 March 2024
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Matt Ferguson
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I visted the Hoa Lo Prison. First, the good. I learned so much about the French occupation and the following repression of the Vietnamese Rebles. Now the bad. The American Vietnam War section was not balanced. I would say the museum did not address the harsh treatment of American POWs, but nor did I expect it to shine a light on that dark history.
Written 12 March 2024
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Cheryl M
Phuket, Thailand73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This was our number one half-day out in Vietnam (along with the water puppets). You had audio in several languages and easy to find your way around. It is not for the faint hearted though, the conditions that the Vietnamese and US prisoners experienced was horrific.
Written 11 March 2024
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