Long Bien Bridge
Long Bien Bridge
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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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  • Chopper44
    Belfast, United Kingdom285 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth seeing for historical context
    Pretty worthwhile. Go with a guide who will take you halfway out on bridge for a selfie. The bridge played an important part in Hanois development and was bombed many times during the war. Built by same guy that built the Eiffel Tower.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Chris318i
    Regensburg, Germany423 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive bridge
    Impressive bridge close to the old quarter of Hanoi. You can watch thousands of scooters/motorbikes crossing both sides of the bridge as well as the trains that are also passing through the famous train street of Hanoi. Definitely worth a visit!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 6, 2024
  • Lina
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A historical walk with stunning views
    We braved the heat and crossed the iconic Long Bien Bridge. The panoramic views of Hanoi were breathtaking, especially as the sun dipped below the horizon. Holding hands, we imagined the bridge's rich history and the stories it holds.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 21, 2024
  • nzwestie
    Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand479 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great little adventure!
    Found our way there ourselves. Had no guide. Went for a walk along the bridge about 1km then turned back. The path felt like it was not a path and now and then we had to get on the road to carry on. You could see through the board, sometimes wobbly ones, right through to the bottom. We enjoyed it. Scenery was something we would not have seen otherwise. Some interesting things below the bridge not in built up areas. We enjoyed it - a different experience - and now we know the history.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 21, 2024
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Lina
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We braved the heat and crossed the iconic Long Bien Bridge. The panoramic views of Hanoi were breathtaking, especially as the sun dipped below the horizon. Holding hands, we imagined the bridge's rich history and the stories it holds.
Written April 21, 2024
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Travelly HN
Hanoi, Vietnam57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
A very massive and beautiful place indeed. I was riding my bike to visit relatives when I crossed this bride.

The bridge definitely had some tough times as the roads on both sides are kinda rough and the colors are so old. However, it is still a place to stop and admire. Trains coming by, motorbikes passing through,.... it was noisy yet still chilling if you had some time to look around the scenery.

Another fact is that this is one of few places that traffics must go on the left, not right. So keep that fact in mind!

In a nutshell, if you are new to Hanoi and want to see something beautiful, just come here and stop to look at the rhythm of life passing by.
Written July 19, 2022
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Jason S
Melbourne, Australia2,054 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Bridge over 100 years old and survived many attempts by the Americans during the Vietnamese armed conflict.

Bridge very long and only used by motorbikes and 1 train track in the middle only a few trains cross regular, it allows you to cross the vast Red River.

Bridge doesn't seem to be kept in good condition lots of damage to road, path and bridge itself.

Clearly important to the local people for its daily use and its history but its not the most tourist friendly attractions.

Check out bridge for its history and cultural significance but its just a bridge to foreigners.
Written January 13, 2020
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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia10,051 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Why ? Oh why would you spend 2 hours walking a dangerous, rusty, dilapidated bridge ? The sign says "no pedestrians", the concrete blocks you're stepping on are broken (and it's a looong way down) and the railing is rusty with screws sticking out. The scooter traffic is hectic, noisy and the fumes are killing you. An historic bridge it may be, the views over the river are nice, but I think there are more interesting activities in Hanoi.
Written May 18, 2022
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Chopper44
Belfast, UK285 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Pretty worthwhile. Go with a guide who will take you halfway out on bridge for a selfie. The bridge played an important part in Hanois development and was bombed many times during the war.
Built by same guy that built the Eiffel Tower.
Written July 31, 2023
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Chris318i
Regensburg, Germany423 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Impressive bridge close to the old quarter of Hanoi. You can watch thousands of scooters/motorbikes crossing both sides of the bridge as well as the trains that are also passing through the famous train street of Hanoi. Definitely worth a visit!
Written April 6, 2024
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Ali921
Edinburgh, UK1,474 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Very historic bridge which suffered during the American War. Good news no cars cross the bridge, bad news, very little space for pedestrians to walk but the key is to behave like a local and pay no attention to the bikes which do pass by very close ! There are places to pull in to view the river. The silted river is now farmed for veg and bananas. Trains still cross the bridge very infrequently. Enjoyed the experience. Walked it and then took a motorcycle ride across it. Fun
Written November 29, 2022
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nzwestie
Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand479 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Found our way there ourselves. Had no guide. Went for a walk along the bridge about 1km then turned back. The path felt like it was not a path and now and then we had to get on the road to carry on. You could see through the board, sometimes wobbly ones, right through to the bottom. We enjoyed it. Scenery was something we would not have seen otherwise. Some interesting things below the bridge not in built up areas. We enjoyed it - a different experience - and now we know the history.
Written June 21, 2024
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Sim Siew Li
Malaysia94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
We joined Old Quarter Walking Tour provided by Hanoi Free Private Tour Guide for walking around Hanoi city for 2 hours, and amongst the best attractions around the city, what I am impressed the most is walking along the Long Biên Bridge.

Long Biên Bridge is a historic cantilever bridge across the Red River that connects two districts, Hoan Kiem and Long Bien of the city of Hanoi, Vietnam.

Interestingly, most of the mass media including Lonely Planet websites mentioned that the designer of the bridge is Gustave Eiffel. A local tour guide told me that the bridge was built by the same company that built Eiffel Tower in Paris, but the bridge is not designed by Gustave Eiffel.

Quynh pointed to me the sign of Daydé & Pillé which built the bridge including the year of commencement and inauguration, which is attached on the Long Bien Bridge. The bridge was built in 1899 - 1902 by Daydé & Pillé Company.

I found one article in a website which said that before the idea of building the Long Biên Bridge was proposed, Gustave Eiffel had resigned and withdrew from his company (Compagnie des Etablissements) on February 14, 1893. After Eiffel's resignation, his company Compagnie des Etablissements changed its name to La Société Constructions Levallois-Perret, and the CEO was Maurice Koechlin.

In 1897, when bidding for the construction of the Long Biên Bridge, the Levallois-Perret was one of the 6th contractors submitted the design drawings, but they did not win the bids. The Daydé & Pillé Company was the contractor who won the bids. In the design drawings of Long Bien Bridge provided by Daydé & Pillé, which is currently kept at the National Archives Center I, there are original signatures of the engineers of Daydé & Pillé and the original signature of The Governor-General of Indochina, Paul Doumer who approved the design drawings, but Eiffel’s signature is not there. Therefore, Eiffel is not the designer and his company did not construct the Long Bien Bridge as well.

After all, the bridge is a symbol of the tenacity and resilience of the Hanoian people, despite the bridge was heavily bombarded several times during the Vietnam War, the major parts of the original structure remain intact and lasted so long until now.
Written October 28, 2019
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Patrick L
Sydney, Australia26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Couples
The bridge walk was one of the highlights of our trip, and made for very unique memories.

We took a taxi from the Old Quarter (about 80 dong) to the start of the bridge on the other side. It was easy to access the bridge (and the pedestrian path) from there.

The walk took about 30 minutes and finishes on the fringe of the Old Quarter again.

Highly recommended if you're after unique perspective
Written April 23, 2014
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