While Hoa Lo in Hanoi offers a better view of prison life (because this one was shelled by the French and again by the Americans), this stop is highly recommended for those headed to Dien Bien Phu to see A1 Hill. The prison was built in 1908 by the French, and expanded in 1930 and 1940 to accommodate the ever growing number of political prisoners generated by the Viet Minh liberation movement. ... Read more about Son La prison .
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