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Long Bien Bridge
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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 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.
Reviewed January 29, 2012

The old Long Bien bridge is definitely worth visiting. It is only open for pedestrians and (motor-) bikes and the two streams of bikes are separated by the railway. If you just see a train pass, you can even enter the rails and take some nice shots with a cool vanishing point. if you walk about halfway onto the bridge, you can go down some stairs and have a walk on a large island in the red river. There you find a poor village, 2 nude beaches for men, some banana plantations and good views on the bridge. At night, you have a great view over the Long Bien market, a wholesale market for fresh fruit. I can only recommend visiting the bridge for all these who want to experience Ha Noi from a nonstandard-nontourist angle. Enjoy :)

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Reviewed January 12, 2012

Hundreds of years old French bridge in modern city

Thank erictung
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Reviewed January 8, 2012

The Long Bien Bridge is just at the north east corner of the Old Quarter and well worth a visit. The bridge was designed by Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower, Paris) and takes trains, motrbikes and pedestrians. When you walk out along it you can see the little dwellings underneath and houseboats on the river.
The entrance is on a little side road that runs up and around to it, not hard to find.
If you walk back down the main street on the outside of the Old Quarter you will see all kinds of local street food, some of which is quite confronting, but interesting.

2  Thank magg777
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Reviewed January 6, 2012

Designed by Gustav Eiffel (of the Tower fame), Long Bien Bridge is one of the true monuments to the history of this city. Yes, it could do with a coat of paint, and yes it looks like it may collapse any time now, but it is, like the Vietnamese themselves, a survivor. I have walked this bridge at almost every hour of the day and in all seasons and have photographed it from every angle.....it is rumoured to be haunted by the soldiers who volunteered to man the ant-aircraft emplacements which were placed at the top and who never survived more than one night, unlike the bridge itself which had tons of bombs dropped on it in an attempt to disrupt the transport system.
Grab your camera, walk across and see how important it is to the city and why Hanoians are justifiably proud of one of their icons!

Thank Pacoh
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Reviewed January 1, 2012

This is a great relic of the past. While it may take awhile to walk across, it is definitely worth it. If you don't have that much time, I would recommend getting a Xe Om, or Motorbike Taxi to take you across. If you have more time, pause halfway through when you get to a set of stairs. They lead to an island in the middle of the rive; at the base are banana and pineapple groves. Also, if you look close, you can still see the marks and pills left from American bombs. It is like stepping back in time. Sit on the river edge and watch the barges go by and look up at the massive bridge. Buy some pineapple and have a snack. Great little afternoon trip.

Thank Don L
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