1 Hoả Lò, Trần Hưng Đạo, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
A definite spot if you're in Hanoi. Entry fee is cheap at 30.000 vnd. Wear comfortable clothes since ventilation isn't good (former prison!). Centrally located and good enough for a short visit. There's quite a bit of revisionists history so would recommend doing a bit of homework before going. Hours are reasonable but check timings before you go.
Fascinating place to visit. Great audio guide. The fact that a number of the rooms are air conditioned is a godsend when wandering Hanoi on a summer day. It’s the priciest attraction I visited in Hanoi, but probably the best I saw, as well. The museum focused primarily on the prison’s role as a French institution holding Vietnamese freedom fighters. There is a section at the end dealing with its use as a jail for captured US servicemen. Certainly, this period is presented in a suspiciously positive light... but overall, still an excellent visit.
Really fascinating history to this prison. Happened to visit on a memorial Day which had military from several nations present which was pretty cool. Audio guides are available in several languages and explain the history of the different areas as you travel around the prison. Would recommend!
30,000 dong for entry fees which is really reasonable. For 20,000 dong you can purchase the info booklet at the counter. Interesting place to have a glance into life as a PoW back then, you'll also get to see an actual guillotine and the death row cells. Not a very big place, an hour or so would suffice.
Unique way to experience the use of the prison from purpose of build during the French colonial period to modern wartime use of imprisoning US soldiers in the Vietnam war. Many of the rooms are pretty chilling since everything is in near original condition. You get an accurate view of what it was really like to be on death row, the only way to be any closer is if you were actually locked in the cells...