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Being known as “Nha Lao Cay Dua” (Coconut Tree Prison), this Phu Quoc prison is not only a famous tourist attraction but also a historic symbol of Vietnamese people.

In spite of the fact that the time has passed through many years, till now, this prison still has the marks of the old days. Thus, it is such an ideal place for anyone who loves horror and mystery to explore.

Are you interested? Then let’s start your trip to Phu Quoc Prison!

How can you get to Phu Quoc Prison

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                                      How can you get to Phu Quoc Prison

Phu Quoc Prison is located in An Thoi town. You can find this town in the south of Phu Quoc island.

If you start your trip from Hanoi, you will have to take a train or plane to get to Phu Quoc. And in case you start from Ho Chi Minh city, you can either use a bus or a motorcycle to get to this island.

When you arrive at Phu Quoc, the first thing you need to do is asking local people the way to Phu Quoc Prison. Although you can use a google map to check the direction, believe us, these locals have a shorter way.

Before starting your trip, please note this: The address of your destination is 350 Nguyen Van Cu, Phu Quoc District, Kien Giang province.

Discover Phu Quoc Prison now

The Vietnamese call this Coconut Tree Prison evidence for the cruelty of the old colonial regime. Therefore, many tourists from all over the world come to visit this place to learn more about Vietnamese history. And now, we will list for you some historical marks that you can not miss while visiting Phu Quoc Prison.

Prison area

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Prison area

This Prison area is separated into 14 zones from zone 1 to zone 14. In fact, there were only 12 zones at the very beginning, but after time the American colonial soldiers built 2 more for extra.

Each zone can hold up to 3000 prisoners. There are about 500 jails to keep Vietnamese communist soldiers as well as the political prisoners.

Guard force

Coming around the Nha Lao Cay Dua, you can see the old guard system. As a sequence, you can discover the serious rigor of this prison.

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                                                 Barbed wire fences

There are a series of barbed wire fences. If anyone tries to sneak in or find a way to escape, he will be stuck in the thorns, bleeding painfully.

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The guard system is really complicated with tons of guarders around the prison and soldiers on the outposts. If the sneaker is detected, he will be caught by the guarders or get shot from the soldier from high.

Torture forms

Do you know why this Phu Quoc Prison is proof of the cruelty of colonialism? Coming to this place, you can see a lot of old torture forms that the Viet Cong soldiers had to take in the difficult days.

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Torture forms

Many people have been nailed to every part of their body. Because of this, their bones are broken.

Due to this cruel torture form, some people are sacrificed. On the other hand, the people who live till now have to face their disabilities.

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Many people have been nailed

Many colonial soldiers even cracked the teeth and poured boiling water into the mouths of Vietnamese soldiers.

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Crack the teeth

Facing these tortures, many Vietnamese soldiers dug the ground to find an escape way. But unfortunately, they were caught.

Having  caught these soldiers, the colonial shot them immediately. Moreover, they even buried these soldiers alive at their own dug hole.

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Note before visiting Phu Quoc Prison

Opening Hours

Phu Quoc Prison only allows customers from 8.00 to 11.30 and from 13.30 to 17.00. Don’t come at the wrong time, or else you will miss your chance to visit this place.

While visiting Phu Quoc Prison, you only have from 1 – 2 hours’ permission to go around. It is easy to understand because this place is not so large, so that time is already enough for you to experience.

Entrance Ticket Price

Remember one thing, this place requires no money for the entrance. So if anyone told you to buy their ticket, you should contact any police station nearby immediately.

Although you don’t have to pay anything for this visit, you can still tips for your guiders from about 150.000 vnđ. It is not compulsory but if you do that, they will probably guide you in a more dedicated way.

The right time to visit

The best time to visit this Prison is from November to March. At this time, the weather in Phu Quoc is usually nice. Unlike in other months, especially August and September, it will rain so much, bringing to you uncomfortable experience.


This historical place is really solemn. So you should wear polite clothes while visiting. Of course, you don’t have to wear as you are about going to a luxurious place, casual clothes are already enough.

Just make sure that you don’t wear anything that is too short or too sexy. If the managers of this place see your clothes too offensive, they may not allow you to get in.


You will spend a few hours visiting this place. So an umbrella is quite necessary. The weather in the south of Vietnam is quite weird. You can not know when it rains or when it is too sunny. So some advance preparation is still good, right?

Besides, you can also bring some snacks and drinks. No one can endure hunger and thirst for too long. But after eating, please put the trash in the trash can. Please be a nice tourist and keep everything clean. Unless you want to pay some money for punishment.

Final word

Phu Quoc Prison owns statues and simulates the scene of the old war. If you want to see what hardship the Viet Cong soldiers had been through this place is totally worth going to.

This place is not only a tourist attraction but also the marks of the old war between the USA and Vietnam. If you love history, you definitely can not miss this place.

Are you interested? If yes, then prepare your package and start your journey!


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