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Long Bien Bridge, Hanoi

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With its huge bolted iron bars spanning the green waters of Hoan Kiem Lake, Long Bien Bridge represents a historic spectacle of human engineering. Built in 1899-1902 by the French, the defiant rusty structure stretches 2.5 km (1.5 mi), cutting a striking figure. Damaged twice by U.S. bombs, the cantilever bridge still connects two busy districts of Hanoi with busy passenger and train traffic. Take a scooter across it or go on foot, observing the shanty town underneath the bridge and fishers on the lakeshore. Use our Hanoi vacation route planner to visit Long Bien Bridge on your trip to Hanoi, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Went thru it on our first Turk Turk drive. The driver was really good , spoke good English but felt a little scared of all the bikes passing us by.  more »
  • Known also as the "Paul Doumer" Bridge in memory of the former Governor of Vietnam, this bridge was the first one in steel crossing the Red River. Partly destroyed during the war, it still provides on...  more »
  • It's very very old and in need of repair I would say. It's crazy to see the motorcycle go past, and as the path is narrow you have to be very careful. From the bridge you see some very narrow houses, ...  more »
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  • Historical in so many different ways!!! You're not just walking across an old bridge, you're walking across the PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE!!! This was considered the pride, symbol of architecture in the Far East of its day!!! A symbol of strength and endurance from more than 100 years of war, including the most recent air attacks by American army Forces in 1967, 1972 during the Vietnam war!! It's not just an OLD BRIDGE.... IT'S HISTORY!!! What an honor it was to "WALK THE LONG BIEN BRIDGE!" THANK YOU HANOI!!!!
  • Awesome, awesome, and awesome. Historic old bridge that is still standing after 130 years. You cannot see from one end to the other when on top of it. This bridge allows you to walk from dense city to lush farmland to powerful river all in minutes. Beautiful sight and a great place to explore.
  • Historic bridge. Symbol of Hanoi. The only place in Hanoi people drive on the left like in Japan or England. In the evening, you can stop and have a drink while sitting on the mats and enjoy the wind on the river. Roughly 50k for a drink (no alcoholic drinks)
  • It's a great place to catch a sunset in Hanoi but you need to be in the middle over the river. It's hairy with so many motorbikes cruising it to get home but with it if you get a good day
  • The bridge looks spectacular, it's definitely worth seeing in Hanoi. However crossing it by foot seems pretty risky :)