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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  • A baking day with clear blue skies. The walk through the prison was interesting and a bit uncomfortable when you saw what the prisoners endured. Recommend to visit the prison on a cloudy day instead, tax, it received an even greater understanding of how detainees were treated.
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  • This gives you a frightening insight in the horrors of war and helps to understand the implications of the Vietnam war.  more »
  • Very interesting and well done. Hot in March. Brings to life the stories you read at the War Remnants Museum in HCMC.  more »
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  • Short version: If you are close by it is worth a stop. The area is looking impressive and is well maintained. The information on the boards is sometimes more focused on the "political message" than on the true facts. For anyone with some basic knowledge of Vietnamese history it is easily possible to distinguish between historical facts and propaganda. It is still a worth visiting memorial against crime and war.
  • Free entry. Entrance and exit is at different place. There is a secret pathway that takes you through how prisoners'escape , which is the exit. Look for the exit which probably is the fun part.
  • Very interesting and well done. Hot in March. Brings to life the stories you read at the War Remnants Museum in HCMC.
  • everyone should see to realize what man is capable of doing to a person it's sad but instructive. You can buy jewels at the back. I hope the proceeds go to the victims.
  • Good museum. Just don’t believe everything you see. Big part of it is probably fake.
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