Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc, Phu Quoc Island

#1 of 7 in Historic Sites in Kien Giang Province
Also known as the coconut tree prison, Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc 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 Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our An Thoi travel route planner.
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  • This was quite a depressing experience only because war is very cruel and some very barbaric punishment was on show. Having said that this prison is very much part of Vietnam history so is well worth....  more »
  • We were dropped off here on a hop on/ hop off bus , it's a sad place to see . You can only imagine the suffering . On the day we went it was boiling hot , so we didn't stay long as there's no shelter....  more »
  • A compelling and insightful place, showing the brutal reality of POW prison life. Free entry. English translations could be better, but you get a good idea of what they say.
  • Really great experience - seeing the remains of what was once a detention centre/prison for captives during the war, one could almost feel the pain the prisoners endured. From the barbwire fences to "tiger cages", the exhibits stirred imagination and feelings of anger. Nothing fancy overall, but the takeaway is bound to stick in memory for a long, long time to come.
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