Hanoi war sites walking tour

Hanoi war sites walking tour

Hanoi's war sites - Hoa Lo prison

Hanoi war sites walking tour will lead you to Military history museum, Hoa Lo prison to help you to discover the history of Vietnam’s modern wars.

Tour information:

  • Tour code: T88HNF03
  • Tour duration: Half day 
  • Group size: From 01 pax
  • Tour type: Free & easy private tour
  • Availabe language: English
  • Destinations:  Military History Museum, Hoa Lo Prison


We can start the tour at 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM depending your booking.

Our tour guide of this Hanoi’s war sites walking tour will welcome you at the hotel then start the walking tour to discover the history of Vietnam’s modern wars.

The first point is the Military History Museum on Dien Bien Phu street. The museum covers the American and French wars, as well as the struggles against the Chinese. In addition to numerous photos and remnants from the wars the grounds are jam-packed with tanks, guns and aircraft. It’s like a shoe shop for men.

From there,  you could walk it in about 15 minutes to Hoa Lo Prison. Nicknamed the “Hanoi Hilton”, the prison was used to house Vietnamese political prisoners, as well as French and American prisoners of war, and offers a fascinating and chilling glimpse of prison life. Most of the original prison was demolished in 1996 to make way for the Hanoi Towers (now Somerset Grand Hanoi) serviced apartment and office complex, but the southernmost corner has been preserved and reopened to the public as a memorial to the revolutionaries who died here in atrocious conditions. Visitors can view the original cells, complete with leg-irons, along with a selection of bilingual (Vietnamese and English) displays illustrating the horrors of life in the prison during the French colonial period.

Tour ends around 12:00 PM (for the morning tour) or 5:00 PM (for the afternoon tour).


Note: Student guide requires no charges! Guests should be nice to cover all fees for guide!



  • Tour guide (available with English speaking local student)


  • Transfer fees (if any)
  • Entrance fees (if any)
  • personal expenses (foods, drinks).
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