Vietnam bridges & road systems are constantly developing and upgraded. Along the country, visitors can see lots of impressive bridges over rivers, connecting mainland to off-shore islands, or specially bridges with a unique construction which is associated with a long-standing lifestyle & culture of southern people such as monkey bridges Vietnam. Here is a list of the top most famous bridges in Vietnam which have impressive design & crucial roles in Vietnam.
I - Unique monkey bridges in Vietnam
Walking on the monkey bridge is one of the most exciting experiences when visiting Vietnam. The shape of this bridge is a bit odd, creating a sense of uncertainty and danger while walking on the bridge, like visitors are participating in an adventure game. The Monkey Bridge is considered one of the 10 most dangerous bridges according to CNTravel.com magazine.
Monkey bridges in Vietnam - Source: Internet
In terms of shape, the Vietnam monkey bridge is made mainly of bamboo, coconut, or casuarina, with many small interconnecting spans, each bridge span is made of tree trunks, with a small handrail above. In particular, each rising part of the bridge is also quite small, the bridges used for a long time are still slightly sagging. The local people can easily move on the bridge, carry things without holding. But when you experience the strange monkey bridge, you need to fumble with small steps, because with just a little mistake, you can immerse yourself in the cool water of the small canal.
Not only does the monkey bridge Vietnam also show the simple, close-to-nature lifestyle of the people in the countryside of the Mekong River Delta. However, the monkey bridge connecting the two banks of the canals is also the main means of transportation of the people here, which has become a part of the locals' culture & life.
II - Top 15 famous bridges in Vietnam
1 - The Huc Bridge - symbol of Hanoi
This is one of the most famous bridges in Hanoi with a long history & exotic shape. The Huc bridge connects Ngoc Son temple with the Hoan Kiem lake, people don’t know when the curved-like-"shrimp" bridge became a very familiar image of Hanoi capital. The bridge was built in 1865 by Nguyen Van Sieu with prominent red paint on the sparkling lake water. Especially, the entire bridge is made of wood and bears the cultural and architectural values of traditional Vietnamese culture & architecture.
Entrance fee: 30,000 VND ($1.2) / adult & 15,000 VND ($0.6) / child
2 - Golden Bridge - top most famous bridges in Vietnam
Golden Bridge - Source: Amazing things Vietnam
The golden hand bridge in Danang is a new bridge in Vietnam located on Ba Na Hills which has just been in operation since June 2018. The bridge’s architecture is extremely special because of the image of two giant hands supporting the bridge. This point helped the Golden Bridge was recognized by the Insider as the most unique bridge in the world. From the bridge looking far away is a magnificent landscape, covering the vast space with the sea and green forests succeeding each other.
3 - Pagoda Bridge - among top famous historical bridges in Vietnam
It can be said that this is the most impressive pedestrian bridge in Vietnam which is considered as an outstanding symbol of Hoi An ancient town. Located on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai street, his is an ancient bridge built by the Japanese more than 400 years ago according to the unique architecture of "upper house and lower bridge", with a length of 18m across a stream of water separating Nguyen Thi Minh Khai and Tran Phu. Coming to Hoi An, visitors should explore and learn about the culture and architecture of this bridge. The Pagoda Bridge is open to visitors free of charge.
4 - Cloud Dragon Glass Bridge - the highest Vietnam glass bridge
The next one in the list of top 16 famous bridges in Vietnam is the Cloud Dragon Glass Bridge in Lai Chau. Located on top of O Quy Ho Pass, it was just put into operation in early 2020, and attracted many visitors to visit and take photos. This Vietnam bridge is designed entirely of glass, 2000m higher than sea level. From the top of the bridge, you can admire the spectacular mountain view. The ticket price to visit the bridge is 400,000 VND/adult and 200,000 VND/child.
5 - Anh Sao Bridge
This starlight bridge Vietnam (Anh Sao bridge) is located in Phu My Hung urban area, District 7 Ho Chi Minh City. The bridge was put into operation at the end of 2009. The Anh Sao Bridge stands out in the night because the lights are bounced from the floor, under the bridge, and the water jets change color continuously on both sides, making the bridge shimmer like bright stars. This is one of the best places to visit in Ho Chi Minh city for those who are looking for a spot to check in at night.
6 - Tan Vu Bridge - Vietnam’s longest bridge
Among top of the longest & most breathtaking bridges in Vietnam, Tan Vu bridge is a must check-in place. Tan Vu Bridge with a total length of both the bridge and the guide section of more than 15km, it is located in Lach Huyen, Hai Phong. The bridge started construction in early 2014 and opened in September 2017.
7 - Nhat Tan Bridge
Nhat Tan Bridge - Source: Hanoitv
Nhat Tan Bridge with a total length of more than 9000 m was the largest steel cable-stayed bridge in Vietnam before the birth of Tan Vu Bridge, an important traffic connection point in the arterial route connecting the capital area with Noi Bai airport. The bridge has a starting point in Tay Ho district, crosses Hong River and ends in Dong Anh district. The bridge started construction in 2009 and went into operation in early 2015.
8 - Long Bien Bridge - top must-visit bridges in Vietnam
This is the first steel bridge in Vietnam and also the oldest bridge in Hanoi capital. The bridge was built by the French in 1899 and completed in 1902. Although it was restored and repaired, the bridge still retains its ancient look, and is a testament to the heroic historical pages of the nation. Today, while walking on the bridge, visitors can also feel the ancient look by the architecture from the French colonial period and the peaceful view of the Hanoi Red River.
9 - Rach Mieu Bridge
Rach Mieu Vietnam Bridge is a bridge built by Vietnam, crossing over the Tien River, connecting the two provinces of Ben Tre and Tien Giang. The bridge has a total length of more than 8000m, and is the third largest bridge in the Mekong Delta. This is the first cable-stayed bridge in Vietnam built by Vietnamese engineers from 2002 to 2009.
10 - Bai Chay bridge in Vietnam
Bai Chay Bridge is located on Highway 18, is one of the important trade roads in Quang Ninh province. Bai Chay Bridge is the longest single-plane cable-stayed with a total length of nearly 2500m, spanning the Cua Luc River. The bridge was designed by a team of Japanese architects, started in 2003, and has been in operation since 2006.
11 - Phu My Vietnam bridge
Phu My Bridge connecting District 2 and District 7, across the Saigon River is the largest cable-stayed bridge in Ho Chi Minh City with a total length of more than 2000m. The bridge was started and constructed in 2005 and completed in September 2009. This is a modern cable-stayed bridge, a new symbol of magnificent Saigon connecting Thu Thiem new urban area and Phu My Hung urban area, this is also a key bridge connecting with the Mekong Delta region.
12 - Can Tho Bridge
Can Tho Bridge is a famous bridge in Vietnam that started construction in 2004 and opened to traffic in 2010, is a cable-stayed bridge that owns the record for the longest bridge span in Southeast Asia. The highlight is the length of the main span of 550m. The bridge is an important traffic point connecting Cai Rang and Can Tho districts with Binh Minh town, Vinh Long. Can Tho Bridge was born and plays an important role in the economic development of the Mekong Delta.
13 - Thi Nai Bridge
Thi Nai Bridge has a total length of nearly 2500m, located in the bridge system of Nhon Hoi road. Thi Nai Bridge is the longest cross-sea bridge in Vietnam’s southern region, which started to be built in 2002 and put into operation in 2006. connecting Quy Nhon city and Phuong Mai peninsula. The long, majestic bridge stretches out to a green lagoon, connecting the mainland with the peninsula. Thi Nai Bridge plays an important role in connecting traffic and is also a great destination for tourists when coming to Binh Dinh.
14 - Han River Bridge - a rotating bridge in Vietnam
Han River Bridge - Source: Thanh Tung Ngo
Han River Bridge, also known as Song Han Bridge, is one of the oldest bridges in Danang. The bridge over the Han River has the beginning at Le Duan Street and ends on Pham Van Dong Street. Vietnamese engineers started building the bridge in 1998 and completed it in 2000. The rotating bridge has the function of serving waterway traffic, to pave the way for large boats to pass through. The most special thing that Han River Bridge offers is that visitors can witness this special scene on Saturday & Sunday, from 23:00 - 24:00. On weekdays, the bridge usually turns from 1 am to 2 am.
15 - Thuan Phuoc Bridge - the longest suspension Vietnam bridge
Thuan Phuoc Bridge is located near the end of Han River, connecting two coastal roads Nguyen Tat Thanh and Truong Sa - Hoang Sa. The bridge started construction in 2003 and opened to traffic in 2009. The bridge has a total length of 1856m, and is the longest bridge in Danang.
Vietnam with a dense river network and long coastline, it is not so hard to see the long bridges across the country. Apart from the crucial concrete bridges, there are also lots of famous bridges with special cultural-historic-architectural beauty. And above is a list of top 16 beautiful bridges in Vietnam which are worth visiting & checking in.