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Long Bien Bridge

Hanoi, Vietnam
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Ranked #19 of 95 attractions in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bridges
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Long Bien bridge across the Red River connects Hanoi with the main port of Haiphong. Designed by Gustave Eiffel, the bridge sustained significant... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Mittagong, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Great bridge in a great part of Hanoi, very photogenic at all different times of the day, best bits is the walk around the lake to see the locals doing their own thing, such as meditating, fishing or exervising.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

amazing atmosphere on the Long bien bridge even it was so old. I've got chanced to buy many nicely thing from the villagers who sold on that place.

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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14 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Something you must see: perfect for walkers, and for lazy people like me, a nice motorbike ride. Designed by Gustaf Eiffel, this bridge is enormous and carries rail and motorbike transport only. It is probably the only place in Vietnam where they drive/right on the right hand side - Gustaff must have had some British inspiration. Hahahah!

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Hanoi
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20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

You see this bridge everywhere: printed on postcards, in pictures and in... real life. It's rusty, it's old but it opens a huge door to colonial history!

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

the bridge looks kind of rundown, but the slums and people living around the bridge are more fascinating.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

Great experience to walk across this bridge, 1.6km in length, walkways both sides and traintrack in the middle. Fascinating to see crops of vegetables and fruit being grown near the bridge in fertile river soil. Across the river is a small park you can rest before your walk back. It took us about 30mins to walk across, some parts you... More

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I was not even aware that this is one of the attractions of Hanoi, but I have always been fascinated by old metal architecture and when I found out that this was designed by Gustaf Eiffel, I started to see this bridge in a whole new light. Grab a scooter and cross the bridge Hanoi-style, preferably in good weather around... More

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

It was designed by French but is was built directly by Vietnamese workers. Is was the most special bridge with unique history and cultural value. This bridge was the heroic witness for history of Vietnam. The bridge was the inspiration for many poems, songs... Traces about the history of Hanoi - the capital of thousands of years of culture can... More

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

There is a temple on the island over the bridge. It was quite run down but still atmospheric with incense burners creating a lovely perfume. It was a quiet haven from the encircling madness which is Hanoi traffic!

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Vietnam
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Long Bien bridge was constructed by French administration with Gustave Eiffel in 1898. This is one of many master-pieces built by French people when they were in Vietnam. Walking on the bridge wakes you up from tired and noisy Hanoi old quarter. Travelers from France advise us that Long Bien bridge is a must sightseeing for all tourists traveling with... More

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