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Hanoi War Sites Walking Tour

Hanoi, Vietnam

3 hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size





Vietnam is a country with a long history of many resistance wars against foreign invaders. If you are a history buff, Hanoi War Sites Tour should be on your must-see list.

This tour will give you an insight into the period of the Vietnamese War and its consequences. Our destinations will be the Vietnam Military History Museum, Hoa Lo Prison and the Long Bien Bridge. Let’s dive in!

  • Free Pick-up & Drop-off
  • Private, trustful and friendly local guides who really understands Hanoi
  • Can be customized to your wishes
  • EXTRA offers 8$ for water puppet show


  • Revealing interesting facts about Vietnam & world history
  • Insight into the Vietnam War and its consequences
  • Save money and time since it’s FREE


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Our tour guide picks you up at your hotel or the meeting point according to the pick-up time arranged. We’ll then begin our Hanoi War Sites Tour.

Your buddy will show you around some of these destinations! All up to you!

Hoa Lo Prison - The Hell on Earth
Hoa Lo Prison - The Hell on Earth

Next, to continue our Hanoi War Sites Walking Tour, we take a 15-minute walk to Hoa Lo Prison.

Hoa Lo Prison, was once called “Hanoi Hilton” by the American prisoners. Many Vietnamese revolutionaries such as political prisoners and patriots against the French colonial government were captured here. During the Vietnam War, American prisoners were also held in here.

French colonialists built this major prison of both Central and Tonkin on the city outskirts in 1896. The French name of Hoa Lo prison at that time was Maison Centrale. Its Vietnamese name was Nguc That Hanoi (Hanoi dungeon).

Displays at Hoa Lo Prison focuses on the French colonial era including guillotine room. The original machine with a heavy blade that slided down a wooden frame is still kept in the prison.

This is actually an ideal destination in Hanoi War Sites Walking Tour. Here, you can gain deeper insight into the struggles of Vietnamese people during war time and the secrets behind the winning againsts the French and American.

Military History Museum

Our first destination is Vietnam Military History Museum.

Established in 1956, this is the first Vietnamese museum about military, specifically about the Communist Party and People’s Army of Vietnam. There’re thousands of artefacts such as tanks, guns and aircraft wreckages.

The museum not only educates Vietnamese citizens about their own tradition but also helps tourists gain insight into hardships of Vietnam through long history of devastating wars against the French, American and Chinese as well as courageous Vietnamese people.

Ho Chi Minh Museum (Recommended)
Ho Chi Minh Museum (Recommended)

Have you ever heard of Ho Chi Minh the first and the most beloved Vietnamese president of all time? Or you know about him but there are a lot of mysterious things making you curious? Ho Chi Minh museum, in Ho Chi Minh Complex - has all the answers to your curiousness of the great father of Vietnamese people.

Vietnam People's Air Force Museum

An Interesting museum and second floor emphasizes Viet Nam's air force efforts in space.

Hanoi B52 Victory Museum
 Hanoi B52 Victory Museum

Being one of the buildings in the complex of Vietnam Military History Museum, B52 Victory Museum tells you the stories of the nation’s glorious eras in which Hanoi’s citizens and soldiers scored a triumph in the bombing raid of the US in 1972.

Long Bien Bridge

Long Bien Bridge will be our final destination for this tour. Long Bien Bridge is a product of the famous architect Sir. Gustave Eiffel who designed the Eiffel Tower.

Long Bien Bridge is more than a hundred years old and is an important historical witness of Hanoi. Take a walking tour of this fascinating structure to learn more about how this bridge survived through wars and take some gorgeous photos.

[Optional] Water Puppet Theatre (Only available for the afternoon tour)

Enjoy the Top.1 Show in Hanoi for an hour Hanoi Water Puppet Show. This is one of the must-do activities in Hanoi!


After that, our tour guide will take you back and drop you off at your hotel. We finish our tour here.


  • Tour guide (available with English speaking local guide)
  • Free Pick-up and Drop-off (Hotels in Hanoi Old Quarter)
  • Transfer fees (Private car is recommended)
  • Entrance fees (if any)
  • Personal expenses (foods, drinks, tips)
  • Tips or gratuities for tour guides


0 – 3 hours
3- 5 hours

Tour's Location

Hanoi, Vietnam



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

Expenses: 120.000 VND or $5/Pax The ticket price for attraction below are 30.000VND ($1.2/pax), Discount 50% for Student with ID card, Free for under-6-year-old Kids.  The Attractions which are not mentioned will be free of charge.

Transportation: You can take a taxi, or bus. If you would like to book a private car ( call +84 97 707 7250 / +84 37 323 9787 to check )

Should Bring: Sunscreen, Sun Hat, Comfortable shoes, Cover-knee pants when visiting the temple

Payment & Cancellation

As AZ Local NPO Policy, you will pay for the expenses during the tour
Free Cancellation within 48 hours


Support 24/24 during the tour


Based on 5 reviews
Very Good

Very nice and friendly tour guide!

Built over the Red River towards the end of 19th century , disigned by Gustave Eiffel , some people call it the Dragon bridge . Partially destroyed during the Vietnam wars . An iconic attraction of Hanoi , both for tourists and for locals . Hope for a clear weather and take your cameras with you , walk on top of the bridge , watch local "just married" couples/lovers taking photos on the tracks . and use your cameras yourselves . Beware of the flow of motorbikes around you when getting up/down the beautifully lit up bridge (at night). Very nice and friendly tour guide!
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Goode Myrtle

I recommend going with a tour guide, very nice and extremely friendly

I recommend going with a tour guide, very nice and extremely friendly. Did you know that the Vietnamese invented the crossbow. Be open minded when visiting. Realize that there is two sides to a war.

Left only the front structure for visit today

Left only the front structure for visit today. The museum space has video explaining how the structure have changed again and again to accommodate more, or change to accommodate different type of prisoners. It has very strong and rich history worth going to. They also have displays of how the prisoners were locked up, small cell for death row. Also a part of it sharing on how Hanoi City was looking forward to their best days .. and once upon a time, known as Hanoi Hilton to the US prisoners. Very informative and good overview of their history timeline
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See the history in front of your eyes

See the history in front of your eyes. I had heard about Vietnam war for a long time so his time seeing their history come to life for me as I hadn’t seen most of the hardware before. Also, the guide was nice and informative
John Nora

Don't leave Hanoi without visiting the very famous "Hanoi Hilton Prison".

Don't leave Hanoi without visiting the very famous "Hanoi Hilton Prison". In the States we have quite an "idea" of the Vietnam war but when you are in Vietnam you will realize like me that there many different things... This prison has a long and interesting history from the French Occupation to the US War. You can spend a good two hours to visit...
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