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Things to do in Hanoi: Hoa Lo Prison

Things to do in Hanoi: Hoa Lo Prison
Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi was constructed by French colonists in 1886 to keep Vietnamese prisoners, especially political prisoners fighting for the independence of Vietnam. It’s one of the top 5 most gruesome destinations in Southeast Asia. A part of Vietnam war can be clearly seen through the display inside. Therefore, Hoa Lo Prison should be in the lists of things to do in Hanoi.

Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi was constructed by French colonists in 1886 on the land of Phu Khanh village in Tho Xuong District, Hanoi to keep Vietnamese prisoners, especially political prisoners fighting for the independence of Vietnam. Phu Khanh village was also known as Hoa Lo village, where produce earthen home appliances like kettles, teapots and portable stoves.

When French colonist came and occupied Hanoi, they move all villagers, old pagodas, and communal houses in Phu Khanh village to other places. French colonist then built a prison, a courthouse, and the headquarters for their secret police on the land area of Phu Khanh village, forming up a complete autocratic ruling system to aid their domination and oppression against the patriotic movements of Vietnam people. Conveying a total land area of 12,908 sq.m, Hoa Lo Prison was one of the biggest and highest security prisons in Indochina at that time. Now, a part of Hoa Lo Prison is used as the historic monument, which show the bloody crime of French colonist in Vietnam.

The main gate of Hoa Lo Prison
The cramped and lack of air detention room, dark room, punishment and death cell. The French colonists attach special importance to choose the construction material. The jailers here were infamous for his cruelty. They were ready to repress and even kill the prisoners. Cruel persecution and hard life in the colonial prison killed thousands of Vietnamese patriots and revolutionaries. Only from 6/30/1920 to 6/30/1921, 87 Vietnamese prisoners died in Hoa Lo Prison.

All door bolt, Lock, door latch and door-hinge of Hoa Lo Prison were brought from France and controlled carefully before operations. “According to regulation, food for prisoners were alternated: a meal with pork meat for Sunday but it was old sow meat or stringy meat. Three meals with boiled old buffalo meat which was so tough, other meals were small chub with its gut which were boiled with soybean jam, mold dry fish, boiled soya curd. Vegetables vary on seasonal basis, which were too bad to eat. Common rice was crushed white rice from the South which were out of date, having parasites and being inspired. Many prisoners had heart edema caused by eating that kind of rice for a long time. There was a time when up to 40 prisoners died a month…” – Quotation from the memoirs “Unforgettable time” written by female political prisoners in Hoa Lo Prison.

This cell witnessed the draconian policies of the French against male political prisoners, attempting, little by little, to kill their will to fight
Cachou area used to confine prisoners who broke the regulations of the prison. Cachot in Hoa Lo was “hell of the hell” dungeon was dark and narrow. Prisoners were kept separately, put in stocks, had to eat and relieve themselves on the spot. All prisoners confined here were puffed with edema, their eyes were clouded over and their bodies were covered with scabies cause by the lack of light and air.

Stockade for female prisoners
In the struggle for the independence of the country, many female revolutionary patriotic soldiers were arrested and imprisoned in Hoa Lo Prison by the French colonialist. In Hoa Lo prison, the stockade for female prisoners was 270 square meters in the area including 4 small stockades, a stockade for female prisoners who had babies, a bathhouse and garden. There was a time that 300 female prisoners were kept here.

The detention room was small with lack of running water, hygiene condition was not safe. Besides, rations of food were always misappropriated. As a result, the life of female political prisoners was extremely horrible. They were also tortured by electric engines or walking stick (to put in the genital area of female prisoners). The cells were completely isolated from the other cells of Hoa Lo Prison to prevent death row inmates from communicating with the outside. The cell was built solidly with the wall 0.4 meters thick, 3 meters high and the area of each room around 5m2. Both interior and exterior walls were painted with black tar which made people feel gloomy and cold. Prisoners here were shackled all day long, not even freed to use their toilet. The cell door was open just twice each day for jail guards to bring meals and water to the death row inmates.

According to the prison regulations, prisoners who were sentenced to death were detained here for a minimum of 10 months from the day of being sentenced at the Criminal Court. During this time, prisoners could lodge an appeal of a claim for the sentence reduction. However, to eliminate some death row inmates, particularly the ones whom the French consider dangerous, these death row inmates were executed in secret after only 2 to 2 days from the day sentence.

The most terrible in Hoa Lo Prison is the guillotine which makes visitors shocked or scared. It consists of a 4-meter-tall, upright frame in which a weighted and sharp blade is raised to the top. The prisoner’s neck was held directly below the blade. Under the frame was the iron box to hold the head of the prison under the death penalty. Despite the highest security, some prisoners could still succeed in escaping from Hoa Lo Prison.

Source: Best Hotels in Hanoi

best Vietnam beach voted by foreign travelers

Top 7 best Vietnam beach voted by foreign travelers
Con Dao, Phu Quoc, Mui Ne, Ho Coc, Nha Trang, Cua Dai, My Khe are 7 most beautiful Vietnam beach that are voted by Lonely Planet to be top beaches you should visit at least once in life.

Phu Quoc
Phu Quoc island is the favorite destination of tourists who love peaceful, quiet and unsplit beauty of stretches of beaches, pristine forests, crystal clear and cool springs. Coming to luxury resorts and hotels in Phu Quoc, beside swimming, walking in the night market, discover the famous pearl farming is really interesting. You can also visit the scenic spots such as Dinh Cau, Sao beach, Dai beach, myrtle forest, pepper garden, fish sauce production factory. Enjoy fresh delicious seafood, visit Phu Quoc prison should be also on your list of activities in Phu Quoc.

Con Dao
Located off the coast of Vung Tau province and was used to be known as” hell on earth”, but now Con Dao has become the” resort of paradise” with domestic and foreign travelers among Vietnam beach. Visiting Con Dao, you can explore the historical sites, experience a series of creepy feeling. And do not forget to enjoy amazing seafood, crisp Terminalia catalpa nut, or mix with a wild and peaceful mountain.

Ho Coc
Ho Coc beach locates in Ba Ria – Vung Tau, which is 175km from Ho Chi Minh City. You can dive in the cool water, enjoy seafood, do not forget lying on hammocks to listen to the wind and the waves when visiting Ho Coc. Additionally, you can also rent a motorbike, moving to Ho Tram, another beautiful beach of the province or wandering to the Binh Chau hot springs, soak in warm water or boil and peck eggs in the nicely exposed pot.

Mui Ne
Mui Ne attracts tourists with blue sea, white sand, sunshine. With moving sand dunes, murmuring streams, numerous resorts along the cheap tasty seafood and typical dishes, Mui Ne is the top choice of travelers when visiting Vietnam.

Nha Trang
It’s not difficult to imagine how beautiful Nha Trang beach is and how it is attractive to tourists from all over the world. Apart from the gorgeous coast, Nha Trang also greets visitors with splendid Po Nagar Cham Towers, beautiful Ninh Van Bay; poetic Hon Mun; Comfort Vinpearland, Van Phong bay – the world’s most beautiful bay or sparkling Oceanographic Institute, etc. Besides, you can also register to participate in a variety of beach activities including snorkeling to enjoy the view of coral, surfing, windsurfing, kayaking… List of dishes you should try apart from delicious seafood here are jelly noodle, banh canh (soup cake).

An Bang – Hoi An
Located next to one of the cultural heritages of the world and with its wild beauty, An Bang beach is one of the most fascinating Vietnam beaches with the largest number of foreign tourists in Vietnam. Not all tourists visiting An Bang beach also dive in the cool stream, but there are many visitors coming to this beach as a habit when visiting Hoi An, or sitting on the shore watching the waves, which gives them more emotion. An Bang doesn’t have much specialty but many tourists satisfied with the delicious food in the old town as Cao lau, chicken rice, tofu, etc

My Khe
Going to My Khe beach – The most attractive Vietnam beach on earth voted by Forbes magazine in 2006 means that you will have the opportunity to do sightseeing, take a rest and go shopping in one of the most favorite cities in Vietnam. You can also have the opportunity to explore and conquer a series of famous landscape on the land of rivers, mountains and sea. They are the beauty spots like the Son Tra Peninsula, Ngu Hanh Son mountain, Ba Na Hill, Hai Van Pass, Ran Nam O and traditional trade villages such as Cam Ne mat village, Tuy Loan ancient village, etc. These delectable foods should not be missed in Danang is seafood, Goi trung ca chuon (flying fish eggs salad), banh nam My Khe, Tuy Loan noodles, Banh trang cuon thit heo, Quang noodles…

If you are searching for Vietnam beach holiday, let’s note 7 suggestions above. I’m pretty sure you will have unforgettable experience in life.

Source: Đặt Khách Sạn

Packing Tips and how do you prepare for traveling

Packing Tips from the TUN Travel Agency
Good travelers know that the right packing techniques often make the difference between a dream vacation and a traveler’s nightmare. Through our years of experience helping the people of TUN travel the globe, we have gathered quite a collection of useful tips about proper packing.
Organization for applying visa to Vietnam is a key factor in ensuring a good packing experience. Research the destination really well. Think carefully about which items will be immediately necessary upon disembarking. If you are taking a flight to Vietnam, keep sandals at the very top. Travelers to Vietnam should be sure to have an English-Vietnamese dictionary handy.

Everything else should be arranged neatly so you can fit more items in a suitcase. The rolling method works quite well for packing a lot of clothing without taking up too much space. Another benefit of proper organization is less rifling of your stuff by the eager beavers who work customs at airports around the world. Sure, they wear gloves when they check bags, but do you really want some stranger pulling out your fungus cream in front of everyone? Having everything neatly packed in easy-to-search bags decreases the possibility of that happening. While on the topic of customs officials, remember to always use TSA-approved locks on suitcases when flying from the U.S. Approved locks can be opened by the TSA, if necessary, without destroying the lock. For more information about proper packing habits or any other travel information, contact Do All Travel, the trusted TUN travel agency.

How To Be a Good Tourist
Traveling is one of the best ways, people can really test their boundaries and challenge themselves. It can be easy to lose yourself in the sights and sounds of a new place, and sometimes we can get a little too carried away and forget ourselves. Just because you’re in a new country doesn’t mean all forms of human respect go out the window. Being a good tourist abroad is just as important as being a good citizen in your home country.

So how do you prepare for traveling to a new place?

  • After you buy your cheap flight to Vietnam and Vietnam visa on arrival letter from our TUN travel agency, your next purchase should be reading material on the country you’re visiting. How do people dress? What does the average man or woman do for a good time? You don’t have to mold yourself to fit in, but it’s advisable not to conduct yourself in a manner that locals may find completely heinous.
  • Learn a few phrases from the native language: “hello,” “thank you,” “yes,” and “no.” These simple phrases can show the locals that you cared enough to try and learn the language, and that little modicum of respect can go a long way to helping you receive a more enriching experience.
  • Respect local culture. Easy enough right? For example, in deeply religious countries, don’t do anything that can be insulting to their religious beliefs. Vietnam is not a good forum for your new smattering of bovine jokes. People have been known to get thrown in prison for saying the wrong thing. It doesn’t hurt to read carefully about the local religions and traditions.
  • There’s more to the country than the guidebook. Sometimes being a tourist means awakening your inner Indiana Jones. (We are not endorsing any trips into ancient temples.) Try and visit the less crowded streets away from the tourist traps. You may not be seeing the famous ancient tomb of a king, but you do get to have an engaging conversation with Richard O’Malley, the retired dairy farmer turned street performer. We’d take Richard any day.
  • Try not to look like a tourist, and just be a little spontaneous. This could apply to even your hometown, but when you are traveling, you should be especially conscience of just trying to live it up in the most uninhibited way possible. Granted, you should focus on putting safety first.