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Long Bien Bridge

Architecturally and historically important, this bridge aided Vietnam’s independence efforts. It symbolizes the country's military resistance and engineering skills.

Constructed by French architects Henri Daydé and Auguste Pillé, the Long Bien Bridge was an instrumental piece of infrastructure during the French occupation and the Vietnam War. Walk along the overpass and enjoy the views as you cross this historic bridge.

When it was completed in 1902, Long Bien Bridge was the first steel bridge to cross Hanoi’s Red River. It was considered one of the grandest pieces of architecture in the East, inspiring poets and songwriters. During the Vietnam War, it was a symbol used in patriotic songs and poems.

At just over 1.5 mile (2.3 kilometers) long, the bridge provides a relaxing walk or cycle. Admire views of the Red River, see the barges as they float underneath and notice the rusted steel frames and the areas where the American army bombed the bridge between 1967 and 1972.

Constructed by the French and built by the Vietnamese with local materials, this bridge strategically connected Hanoi to the port city of Haiphong. In peacetime it was used to transport rice between the north and central parts of Vietnam. It was crucial for military efforts in the defeat of the French at the Dien Bien Phu battle, which led to the French withdrawal from Indochina.

Today, Long Bien Bridge is closed to car traffic. It is one of five bridges crossing the Red River. Stop at the open-air afternoon market near the bridge to buy fresh fruit, vegetables and desserts. Sunrise or sunset is a great time to cross as the colors of the sky reflect on the river. Take your time and relax as pedestrians and cyclists pass by.

Take a taxi to Long Bien Bridge or walk just over 0.5 mile (800 meters) from the Old Quarter. Alternatively, rent a motorbike, and remember to drive on the left side of the road. To get onto the bridge, use the ramp located near Gam Cau Street.


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Hanoi Horse Hotel ¥1,541
Hanoi Horse Hotel

Hanoi Horse Hotel

9 Hang Muoi, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Hoan Kiem, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, Hanoi Old City Gate, and Hoan Kiem Lake. Ngoc Son Temple and Dong Xuan Market are also within 15 minutes. Hanoi Long Bien Station is 12 minutes by foot and Hanoi Railway Station is 28 minutes.

    Imperial Hotel & Spa ¥2,359
    Imperial Hotel & Spa

    Imperial Hotel & Spa

    44 Hang Hanh Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Hoan Kiem, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hoan Kiem Lake, Hang Gai Street, and Hanoi Old Town Night Market. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and St. Joseph's Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Hanoi Long Bien Station is 15 minutes by foot and Hanoi Railway Station is 22 minutes.

      Bonsella Prestige Hotel and Spa
      Bonsella Prestige Hotel and Spa

      Bonsella Prestige Hotel and Spa

      23-25 Nguyen Sieu, Hang Buom, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Hoan Kiem, this hotel is steps from Bach Ma Temple and Hanoi Old City Gate. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Hoan Kiem Lake are also within 10 minutes. Hanoi Long Bien Station is 7 minutes by foot and Hanoi Railway Station is 25 minutes.

        Hanoi Space Hotel ¥2,068
        Hanoi Space Hotel

        Hanoi Space Hotel

        40 Ma May, Hang Buom, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Hoan Kiem, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Thang Long Ca Tru Theatre and Hanoi Old City Gate. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Hoan Kiem Lake are also within 10 minutes. Hanoi Long Bien Station is 9 minutes by foot and Hanoi Railway Station is 27 minutes.

          Melia Hanoi ¥11,294
          Melia Hanoi

          Melia Hanoi

          44b Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Hoan Kiem, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hoa Lo Prison Museum, Hoan Kiem Lake, and St. Joseph's Cathedral. Hanoi Opera House and Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hanoi Railway Station is 10 minutes by foot and Hanoi Long Bien Station is 25 minutes.

            Dal Vostro Hotel & Spa ¥1,755
            Dal Vostro Hotel & Spa

            Dal Vostro Hotel & Spa

            12 Bao Khanh, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Hoan Kiem, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hoan Kiem Lake, Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, and Ngoc Son Temple. Hanoi Opera House and Hanoi War Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hanoi Long Bien Station is 16 minutes by foot and Hanoi Railway Station is 21 minutes.

              Sao Bang Hotel ¥2,813
              Sao Bang Hotel

              Sao Bang Hotel

              2 Ngoc Lam Street, Long Bien, Hanoi
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Hanoi, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Long Bien Bridge, Hanoi Old City Gate, and Dong Xuan Market. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Hoan Kiem Lake are also within 3 mi (5 km). Hanoi Gia Lam Station is 21 minutes by foot and Hanoi Long Bien Station is 26 minutes.

                La Siesta Premium Hang Be ¥10,845
                La Siesta Premium Hang Be

                La Siesta Premium Hang Be

                27 Hang Be street, Hanoi, Ha Noi
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Hoan Kiem, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, Hoan Kiem Lake, and Ngoc Son Temple. Hanoi Old City Gate and Dong Xuan Market are also within 15 minutes. Hanoi Long Bien Station is 13 minutes by foot and Hanoi Railway Station is 25 minutes.