Coconut Tree Prison, Phu Quoc Island - review by Rusty Compass
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Coconut Tree Prison, Phu Quoc Island

| 20 Dec 2015
Coconut Tree Prison, Phu Quoc Island
Main highway 5kms from An Thoi
Our rating
20 Dec 2015

Phu Quoc’s Coconut Tree prison was once used by the US backed South Vietnamese government for the incarceration of Viet Cong fighters. It was recently transformed from operating prison to museum.

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Phu Quoc’s euphemistically named Coconut Tree Prison was established by the French colonial administration in the 1940s. In the 1960s, at the height of the American War, it was expanded by the US backed South Vietnamese regime for housing the growing number of Viet Cong POWs. It became a general prison after the release of POWs in 1973 and continued to operate until the last decade.

The museum project has involved significant rebuilding of the prison complex. Very little of the complex looks original. It looks like a complete recreation. Some original bulldings are not included in the museum. 

Like the prison complex on Con Dao Island, depicts the brutality of the colonial and US backed administrations, remembering the sacrifices made by Viet Cong and nationalist fighters.

Travel tip.
A visit to the prison is easily combined with a visit to Bai Sao beach.

Mark Bowyer
Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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