The Memory of War

The Memory of War

Discover Vietnamese history with an insightful tour around the city. Visit Hanoi’s infamous Hoa Lo Prison – ‘Hanoi Hilton’ where the memories of two wars are preserved. After that, browse the impressive displays of military museums and stop at Huu Tiep Lake where a B-52 strategic bomber was shot down in 1972. Conclude the journey at a private museum of a veteran who wanted to preserve the history of the war for future generations


  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • English or French speaking guide (for other languages supplements apply)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water


  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International and domestic Flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips, Travel insurance


  • Departure Point: Guests’ Hotel in the city centre. Surcharges are applied to addresses that are deemed as outside of city centre
  • Departs: See Availability
  • Departure Time 08:30 or 14:30


This tour begins at 08:30. Be driven to the Hanoi Military Museum.

Rarely visited by tourists, this museum features an impressive collection of photos and other war remnants such as antique guns.

Browse the displays with a local guide, and receive an introduction of Vietnam’s history through the lens of its conflicts.

Next up on the military history tour of Hanoi is Hoa Lo prison. This building is dedicated two war in Vietnam. One of the most fascinating displays gives a detailed account of a 12-day attack by American B-52 aircraft in 1972, thus giving the museum its name.

Further on, pass Huu Tiep Lake which is home to the twisted remains of an American B-52 bomber, shot down in 1972.

Last stop of the journey is a collection of war remnants, assembled by a Vietnamese veteran with strong ties to this conflict. Let his stories and anecdotes bring the Vietnam war to life, if only for a moment.

Notes: This tour will not be offered on Mondays and Fridays, as the Vietnam Military History Museum and the B-52 Victory Museum are closed.

Also note that the private War Remnant Museum in Hanoi can only accommodate 30 people. Time: 08:30 – 14:30 Departure: Daily, except on Mondays and Fridays

The Memory of War
The Memory of War


  • Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up.
  • Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.


  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Vietnam Budget Tour Travel (formerly Cheap Tours Viet). The leading experts in Vietnam travel since 2007.


  • For a full refund, cancel at least 30 days in advance of the start date of the experience.
  • Cancel 29- 7 days: 50% tour cost cancellation fee applied
  • Cancel 6- 3 days less: 80% tour cost cancellation fee applied
  • Cancel 3 days less: 100% tour cost cancellation fee applied