Phu Quoc Prison, Phu Quoc Island

Also known as the coconut tree prison, Phu Quoc Prison represents an embodiment of war crimes turned into a national heritage site. Originating in the Indochina War, the prison was divided into four areas that held over 14,000 prisoners--those who resisted French colonial rule between 1946 and 1954. It served the same purpose during the Vietnam War, except that the U.S. troops rebuilt the areas and separated them strictly for men, women, and elders with tight supervision. Exhibits display gruesome torture tools for crucifixion, boiling, and hammering teeth, as well as the infamous Catso tiger cage: a pitch-black cell, extremely hot during the day and cold during the night, which left prisoners blind and mentally unstable upon release. You can visit the prison with a tour guide service, or explore it freely on your own. Put Phu Quoc Prison on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Phu Quoc Island travel route planner.
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  • Went here as part of a day trip around the island, it was really interesting to learn exactly what happened and the extent of the torture of the prisoners, well worth a visit.  more »
  • The inhumane way political prisoners were treated during the Vietnam war is depicted here in graphic detail. This was the actual prison and nothing is left to the imagination. I went to see the true s...  more »
  • When I visited this place, I am really sad. Before I listened this sorrowful story. But I can see the fact...  more »
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  • Education value is priceless. This museum is not for those who cannot bear violence because they do present a wide range of stuff that might make you feel painful at first sight (I did)
  • Place to visit if you are in the island. Really interesting about the facts happen in the Vietnamese war. They represent quite good what happen there really visual
  • Where the Vietnamese youth see back to the past of parents' struggle in Vietnam war. Where the man will choose peace or war.
  • Hard to find a transparent history place in Vietnam. Real place, real events, but not all facts are showed. Anyway. A good place to know something about the country's history
  • Very interesting place. Heart wrenching to see what humans can do to each other, however educational and very well set up to visualize the cruelty that took place here.

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The southwestern coast of Phu Quoc Island offers the greatest range of accommodations. Resorts of all sizes nestle up close to the golden sands there, with many of the more luxurious options boasting their own private beaches and beach bars. Farther out of town, you'll find a number of lodges and hotels, positioned in scenic coastal spots or along the main roads of the island's interior, with the latter providing particularly convenient access to the national park areas.
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