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Review of Long Bien Bridge

Long Bien Bridge
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Hanoi Long Bien Sunrise Photo Tour
Ranked #34 of 289 things to do in Hanoi
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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 15 April 2014

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A pleasant loop that gets you out on the banks (well actually onto an island) of the Red River, where there are banana groves, house boats and the odd nudist! The hike starts from the Long Bien Bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel (of "Tower" fame) and then goes up stream on the island to come out close to the Sofitel Plaza Hotel and goes back past the Truc Bac Lake. Along the way I had lunch (in Ta Hien street there is a restaurant on the left side with food from Hue), coffee on the Truc Bac Lake and the last detour is for Bia Hoi in the old quarter. My GPS batteries ran out along the way, so there may be two "short cuts" on the tracks.
The video is from a different hike in 2013 where I went down stream on the island...
Warnings (or whatever):
1. During the rainy season the island may be completely underwater and therefore unhikeable.
2. The dogs are generally friendly, if not, just pretend to pick up a stone from the ground.
3. I have twice encountered middle-aged male nudists on this hike. Don't worry, they are friendly so just ignore them and keep going!

1  Thank Peder B
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

Old bridge that crossed Red River. Its only for railway, motorbike and pedestrian. Looks never been painted since it was built. Looks beautiful when evening.

Thank Mariapeni
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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.

1  Thank goldenroadpilgrim
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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...!

Thank Sheryl A
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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.

1  Thank MrDech
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