Coconut Tree Prison Phu Quoc

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Coconut Tree Prison On Phu Quoc Island – Overview

The Coconut Tree Prison (also known as the Phu Quoc Prison and Cay Dua Prison) in An Thoi Town was once an active prison built and used by the French and then later by the Americans.  It once housed more than 40,000 north Vietnamese soldiers who were beaten and tortured there during the American-Vietnam war.  Today it is a museum/historical site and on March 27, 2015 it was recognized as special national heritage site in Vietnam.

What to expect

Tourists who visit this museum will see an actual outdoor prison setup complete with barb wire, tiger cages, and mannequin guards and prisoners.

Coconut tree prison phu quoc

Tourist will also get a chance to go through an underground escape tunnel.  The Coconut Tree Prison today is basically a re-enactment of the atrocities that happened in the past.  Admission is only 3,000VND per person and it will take you approximately 30-40minutes to tour the museum.

How to get there

The Coconut Tree Prison is located about 25kms from Duong Dong Town and 5kms north of An Thoi Town is near both Sao Beach and Kem Beach.  The road to the prison is freshly paved making it easy for you to travel by motorbike or bicycle.

Need to know

  • Across from the prison is a war memorial depicted by giant blue waves and a hollow human silhouette.

Phu Quoc war memorial

  • Most tour operators stop here on their “Land tour of the south”.
  • There is a gift shop next to the museum that sells souvenirs as well as dried fish
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