Old French Prison & Museum

Museum in Son La

Son La’s Old French Prison & Museum was a French penal colony where anticolonial revolutionaries were incarcerated. It was destroyed by the ‘off-loading’ of unused ammunition by US war planes after bombing raids, but is now partially restored. Rebuilt turrets stand guard over crumbling cells and a famous lone surviving peach tree, planted by To Hieu, a 1940s inmate.

Next door, upstairs in the People’s Committee office, is a tiny museum with some fine displays of local hill-tribe textiles.