Designed by French Architect Gustave Eiffel of Eiffel Tower fame, Long Bien Bridge was completed in 1902 when it was one of the longest bridges in Asia. A beloved Hanoi landmark, this cantilever bridge provides stunning views across the Red River if you're adventurous enough to brave the potholes. Formerly named Paul Doumer Bridge, Long Bien Bridge is mercifully closed to Hanoi's notorious car traffic.
More than 3,000 Vietnamese lent their skills to the building of Long Bien Bridge. Until North Vietnam's independence in 1954 the bridge was known as Paul Doumer Bridge, in honour of the Governor General of French Indochina. During the American War the bridge was heavily bombed due to its strategic placement in connecting Hanoi to the port city of Haiphong. Grab your bicycle and camera and head out to Long Bien Bridge for some appealing photo ops.