Vietnam War Sites

If you’re looking to explore Vietnam War sites and want to find the best places to view Vietnam War history then you can explore our interactive map above or navigate further by using the links below.

Once you’ve explored the list of Vietnam War sites and selected those you wish to visit you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook. This indispensible holiday guide will help you make the most of your time exploring Vietnam War sites.

Our database of historic sites is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other Vietnam War sites, remains or ruins, you can always add them to Trip Historic now by visiting our upload page.

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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum houses the tomb of the famous Vietnamese leader and former President of North Vietnam.

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The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam is a vast granite and red marble structure which houses the tomb of Ho Chi Minh, affectionately known by some Vietnamese as Uncle Hồ.

Founder of the Viet Minh, the Vietnamese Communist Party, Ho Chi Minh went on to fight for Vietnam’s independence from the Japanese. The site on which the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is located was where Ho declared independence from the Japanese in 1945. However, this was followed by a war with the French, after which Vietnam was divided. Ho Chi Minh became the leader of the communist North Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh was still the President of North Vietnam during the Vietnam War, the notorious conflict between the USA and the North Vietnamese backed Vietcong which aimed to prevent the spread of communism. However, he died in on 2 September 1969, before the end of the war.

Ho’s body is now found in the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where visitors can view it in its glass encasement.

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Ho Chi Minh Museum

The Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi is a museum dedicated to the former President of North Vietnam.

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The Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi, Vietnam is dedicated to commemorating the life of the founder of Vietnam’s Communist Party and former President of North Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh.

From the biographical to the almost existential, the Ho Chi Minh Museum looks at his life and his ideals. It also explores Vietnam’s international conflicts and its struggle for independence. It is near the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his final resting place.

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Hoa Lo Prison

Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi was the notorious prisoner of war camp during the Vietnam War known as the Hanoi Hilton.

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Built in stages between 1886 and 1901 in downtown Hanoi by the French (when Vietnam was still French Indochina), Hỏa Lò Prison – translated as ‘fiery furnace’ or ‘Hell’s hole’ – was a place of incomprehensible brutality.

Prisoners were shackled by one leg, unable to walk or even stand up; many were kept in tiny, damp, dark and filthy solitary confinement cells and were subject to arbitrary physical and mental torture including rope torture, beatings and deprivation of basic human rights like sleep and food.

Originally intended for 450 inmates (but by the 1950s was home to over 2,000), Hỏa Lò went through three distinct periods.

During the colonial French era, it was known, as all urban French prisons were, as ‘Maison Centrale’ – Central House – and was intended to hold Vietnamese political prisoners who were agitating for independence, many of whom were subsequently tortured and executed. Inmates were kept in what has been described as ‘subhuman conditions’ but because of the central location, street peddlers could make extra money by tossing opium and tobacco as well as messages over the walls.

After the French suffered their unexpected, blunder-laden and hugely shameful defeat at Dien Bien Phu in May 1954, Vietnam was divided into North and South at the 17th Parallel and Hỏa Lò served as an education centre for revolutionary doctrine and activity. Then came the Vietnam War.

The first US prisoner arrived at Hỏa Lò in August 1964 and until 1973, almost 600 American POWs were interred here, including future Republican presidential nominee John McCain. The nickname ‘Hanoi Hilton’ was sarcastically coined – their treatment was horrific and brutal and breached the Geneva Convention to which Vietnam was a signatory – although North Vietnamese propaganda suggested they were treated excellently and the Hanoi Hilton nickname was because it was like a hotel. It wasn’t.

They were interrogated, tortured, chained, beaten and kept in tiny solitary confinement cells but by the early 80s when the Americans had left, the prison’s usefulness was coming to an end.

Save for the small southern section, the prison was demolished in the mid-1990s and today, the museum focuses predominantly on the French colonial era and has been described as a ‘bare-knuckles recreation of destitution’. See a gruesome array of chains, shackles, the guillotine and other torture instruments, the cells and the iron doors that were built and shipped over from France.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC commemorates the soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War.

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, often shortened to the “VVM”, is a series of monuments in Washington DC commemorating those who fought in the Vietnam War. Originally envisioned by a Vietnam veteran Jan Scruggs, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was designed by Maya Lin.

The Vietnam War was a conflict in which South Vietnam was supported by the US in fighting against the North Vietnamese communist state. US involvement in the war, which started in the late 1950’s and would continue until the mid-1970’s, would be one of the most controversial military campaigns in the country’s history. Much of this was due to the massive loss of American lives in the course of the war. It would end in defeat for the US, marked in 1975 by the North Vietnamese capture of the city of Saigon.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is comprised of three parts, the main one being a mirrored wall listing over 58,000 names (58,261 names at the time of writing) of those who died in the conflict. Names can be added by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial also has a bronze statue, known as The Three Soldiers as well as the Vietnam Women's Memorial which is a statue of women tending to a wounded soldier and which commemorates the women who served in the war.

US National Museum of the Marine Corps

The US National Museum of the Marine Corps chronicles the history of the Marines and their roles in various world conflicts.

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The US National Museum of the Marine Corps chronicles the history of the Marines and their roles in various world conflicts.

From photographs, information boards and medals to weapons and aircraft, the National Museum of the Marine Corps tells the story of the Marines and their accomplishments. The galleries at the National Museum of the Marine Corps are well organized and include those to the Korean War, the Vietnam War and World Wars I and II.