Our first stop was at Ho Chi Mihn's Mausoleum. The lines were very, very, very long (like hundreds of people long) but moved quickly. If you visit this site, do not be discouraged when you see how long the lines are - we were in and out in just under and hour.
There are quite a few photographs and items on display of probably the most famous inmate captured and held in the Prison, Senator John McCain.
Senator McCain returned to visit the Prison in early 2000. I would have to imagine that the exhibit was "edited" in preparation for his arrival.
Another interesting item I learned during our tour was that the the first U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam (Pete Peterson) was an Air Force Pilot who was captured by the North Vietnamese after his plane was shot down. He was held at the Hanoi Hilton for over six years and served as Ambassador for four years.
We left the prison and stopped to have a coffee in a small cafe across from the Opera House and, interestingly enough, next door to the "real" Hanoi Hilton.
A Vietnamese Government building. Although there were several Embassies in the Quarter, we couldn't find the U.S. Embassy.
Have a great Friday!