We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Hard to find a spot to see it clearly” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Long Bien Bridge

Long Bien Bridge
Book In Advance
More Info
US$66.00*
and up
Half-Day Red River Handicraft Villages Bike Tour from Hanoi
Ranked #32 of 274 things to do in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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 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.
Perth, Australia
Level Contributor
209 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Hard to find a spot to see it clearly”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

We walk west from the old quarter to the are of the bridge. It us the most fascinating walk and the dong xian markets on the north side where the fresh produce is a MUST SEE!
We have seen the pictures of the original bridge and were keen to see more of Eiffel's engineering. It is hard to work out where to see the bridge on foot as the railway blocks if out and the major roads have bug protective walls. The signs do not allow pedestrians to walk up the bike on ramps and the police are not tolerant of breaches. We are so glad to hear that the French will renovate the bridge.

Visited March 2014
Helpful?
1 Thank goldenroadpilgrim
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

774 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    252
    319
    168
    23
    12
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hungarian first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Vietnamese first
  • Any
English first
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
389 reviews
218 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 428 helpful votes
“Unique photo opportunities - middle of the track!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2014

You can walk EITHER side from the main road using one of the curved French roads to join the bridge (1899-1902) - you cannot cross one side to the other though! I walked one side - using the entrance near the market and got great photos of trains and bridge - cool - used a 11-17mm wide angle. Then accessed the other side from the Station - Gare. Got more photos plus used a 270mm while standing in the middle of the railway line (try that in Europe!) and got even better pics. You see trains, people, motorbikers etc. I spent 1hr 20 there... Use your imagination and enjoy...!

Visited March 2014
Helpful?
Thank sherylpaul
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hanoi, Vietnam
Level Contributor
11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Long Bien Bridge - A witness history!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2014

Known as a witness to war, this is a pride of the people of Ha Noi capital.
It's nice in the evening when you stand on the bridge, catch the cool breezes from the Red river (Hong river), watching the bustling street.
Also very nice if you visit it in the morning, watching the river, fields. Feeling relaxed.
If you have binoculars, you will see more interesting.

Visited December 2013
Helpful?
1 Thank MrDech
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hanoi, Vietnam
Level Contributor
29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A little hectic to walk over; nice countryside midway”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2014

Nice historical bridge. The walk is made uneasy by the noisy flow of motorcycles, which tend to give pedestrians a close shave. It's especially tough with young kids.
In fact locals can hardly understand why hardship-seeking creatures would want to WALK on the bridge's narrow sidewalk, and obliging people will occasionally stop and offer a ride on their motorbike.
Midway along the bridge, there is a staircase to go down onto the sand island on the Red River. The least urbanized spot in central Hanoi! There is no running water or electricity on the island, not to mention flood hazards, so few people want to live there and there are just a few huts, the rest is banana orchards and small fields. A restful and pleasant walk, close to downtown Hanoi.

Visited January 2014
Helpful?
2 Thank ANONYMOUS636
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hanoi, Vietnam
Level Contributor
56 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Cool Landmark”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2014

It's a bridge so don't expect more, but it's a pretty cool landmark in the city. It is interesting how the traffic goes on the left side rather than the right side and still has the train tracks in the middle. It is always full of traffic so not convenient but for an experience take a drive back and forth across it.

Visited January 2014
Helpful?
Thank GlobalDB
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Long Bien Bridge also viewed

 

Been to Long Bien Bridge? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing