Stepping back in time to a place no one would ever want to end up. Imagine your feet shackled day in day out, no food no bathroom only the screams of your fellow men in the same pain and suffering as you. What did I do to deserve this, why have my captures done this, why why.The only thing to do is escape or face the guillotine.
Nice but there are more interesting experiences to be had in Hanoi. Focus on the old quarter
An important part of Vietnams history. It'll show you the dark sides of French colonialism and the imprisonment of American soldiers during the war.
It’s never nice to visit a prison, but what it does do is give you a real insight into the grizzly history of the city you’re visiting. In the case of Hanoi, the Hoa Lo prison is now a museum which shows a few sections to visitors and the rest is kept kind of under wraps. You can see how prisoners were crammed into the small cells and made to go to the toilet in cave-like places. Not a nice thing to see but if you like learning about the real history, then you’ll feel like you came away with a true sense o how it was during the war
A myst go if your intrested in history!
It's a really small prison but massively eye-opening. Small rooms, confined places and the smallest recreational ground I have ever seen really highlights the disgusting and torturous conditions prisoners were kept in. And we're talking about US POW's and Vietnamese revolutionaries, not murderers or rapists. The chains, the gruelling relic of the French guillotine and the displays of starved and tortured prisoners is incredible thought provoking. We walked around quite obinously learning about the history of the place.
This prison is small but eye-opening to see how badly the Vietnamese prisoners were treated by the French - they even beheaded some political prisoners with a guillotine! There is a bit of propaganda though - the Vietnamese show themselves as treating their American prisoners amazingly, which I'm sure isn't really the truth. Nonetheless, it's worth a visit and only costs $1 or so to enter.
A bit of propaganda here, but this former prison, now a museum, is still worth a look through.