Long Bien Bridge is a monument draped in history. Some people see it as a tourist attraction. Others see it as a venue for a photoshoot. We see it as our commute to work. However we decided to stop by and take some photos one day.
The French were in charge of the country when this bridge was built. Gustav Eiffel designed it. Yes, the guy who designed the Eiffel Tower.
Tourists like to walk along this bridge. It gives a great view of the Red River, and shows off the local life. People sell bananas from the island below. We visited the island just before this. More on that here.
The bridge isn’t maintained very well. You can even feel it wobbling a little bit when you are standing on it. All part of the fun, really.
The Vietnamese don’t really let the inconvenience of a roaring train stop them from living their day to day life. That’s why they built houses right next to the track. They sit out on the lines, socialise, and drink tea before getting out of the way of the oncoming train.
This, combined with Banana Island made a great day out taking photos.