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Long Bien Bridge

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Address: Hanoi, Vietnam
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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The Long Bien bridge across the Red River connects Hanoi with the main port...

The Long Bien bridge across the Red River connects Hanoi with the main port of Haiphong. Designed by Gustave Eiffel, the bridge sustained significant damage during the Vietnam War. Only half of the bridge retains its original shape, but a rebuilding project supported by the French government is currently in progress to restore the bridge to its original appearance.

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Walking this bridge was a rush!

Through wars, storms, and constant use, this 114 year old rusty, steel railroad bridge got my heart pumping at times. The height coupled with the rusty, low railings deterred me... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Normally, a bridge this old would not necessarily be in use. Long bien's significance as a major connection point for hanoi is historic. Visiting at sunset or early morning (My preference) is magical and its a photographers dream. Its busy and best to take a motorbike taxi (xe om) to get there. Read up before you go visit.

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Thank Teekeon
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Tried to walk across this iconic bridge but too many scooters The concrete pavers on the footpath where scooters cannot go were crumbling and a bit too exciting for me Maybe better to view from a train...hahahahahaha!!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Through wars, storms, and constant use, this 114 year old rusty, steel railroad bridge got my heart pumping at times. The height coupled with the rusty, low railings deterred me from looking down too much. But the concrete sectioned walkway required watching my steps to insure I didn't stumble. This bridge is not as spectacular as the new "Rainbow" Nhat... More 

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Thank FotoMike
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Claimed to be designed by Eiffel, the 100 years old bridge is magnificient. You should try to walk the bridge to both end. You can see Hanoi from the bridge, Hanoians commuting in different vehicles, the islets below the bridge. Everything is either or both old and new. Very scenic and good for photography.

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Thank Viet T
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well just my luck i ended up on this bridge by accident. I was with a friend driving around on our motorcycles and we essentially got lost. We ended up on top of this bridge and realized we really got lucky with a stunning view of the city and the surrounding water. Thus i would advice stumble on this place... More 

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Thank Sebastien G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Built more than a century ago and designed by a French architect, this bridge has definitely seen a lot. It was bombed during the war, repaired, but has been poorly maintained since then. You can take a walk along it to access Banana Island, a great little natural getaway within Hanoi. Though the path along the bridge is quite old... More 

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Thank Wayde N
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The bridge was constructed the year the Eifel tower was built and sadly is looking a little neglected . But as a photographer it opened up a whole new world to me . We walk the skinny path beside the busy traffic and at the half way mark we found a fruit vendor . Then we walked down the set... More 

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Thank Trish W
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have some spare time its nice to visit the bridge and walk across it. It's very busy with traffic but it's a fun local experience and you don't see that many tourists. The view is alright and there can be quite some rubbish lying around unfortunately. Local vendors will try to sell you some food.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked about half way across the bridge which is very busy with traffic but there is a narrow footpath and so you are away from the traffic. The bridge is run down and some of the concrete sections move a bit as you walk on them. You get to see the gardens along the banks of the river with... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am a bit of a bridge enthusiast but I could not get excited about this badly maintained and partially rebuilt one. There is a reasonable view of the Red River and surroundings (including a rubbish tip), but it is doubtful whether it is worth the walk across it.

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