Muong Phang - Dien Bien
Muong Phang - Dien Bien

Muong Phang, Dien Bien

Muong Phang is a valley 30km from Dien Bien Phu City via route 279 (Route 41 during the Dien Bien Phu Campaign), 20km via the mountain path and 10km as the crow flies.

Aerial view of Muong Phang Valley
Aerial view of Muong Phang Valley

Muong Phang was well hidden by dense forests and ranges of mountains. The mountain peaks at Muong Phang could offer clear views of the Muong Thanh Valley where the Dien Bien Phu Battle took place. That was why the valley was chosen to house Viet Minh's Campaign Headquarters from 31-January-1954 to 15-May-1954. It was in the valley of Muong Phang that models of the French Dien Bien Phu Hedgehog were made to train the commanders of Viet Minh troops before the battles.

Viet Minh's Muong Phang Headquarters
Viet Minh's Muong Phang Headquarters

Before Muong Phang, the Headquarters was at Tham Pua Cave at Chieng Sinh Commune in Tuan Giao District (17-December-1953 to 17-January-1954) and Huoi He Village at Na Tau Commune (18-January-1954 to 30-January-1954).

General Giap's hut at Muong Phang
General Giap's hut at Muong Phang

Traveling to Muong Phang nowadays you can still visit the huts housing different commanding departments of the Viet Minh's troops. The site is still covered by dense forest and hidden from aerial view. In the back of the area, there used to be trails leading the the mountain peaks where General Giap and his comrades observed and commanded the battles in the Muong Thanh Valley. We could still climb the mountains following trails used by villagers.

Hut for planning and commanding battles
Hut for planning and commanding battles

Muong Phang is inhabited by the Black Thai ethnic group. Their villages can be visited on your trip here. You may also want to visit Pa Khoang Lake a body of water surrounded by dense forest 7km from the center of the valley.

Hiking trail at Muong Phang
Hiking trail at Muong Phang

 

Trail through a forest
Trail through a forest

 

Pu Huot Peak
Pu Huot Peak

Travel and tours
Paradissa offers different trips which travel through Muong Phang: historical tours, battlefield tours and bicycle tours. Our mountain biking trips take you on an adventure through Thai villages, forests, scenic rice terraces to Dien Bien Phu City. Some of you may want to climb the Pu Huot and Pu To Coong Mountains where General Giap observed and commanded the battles of Dien Bien Phu. The hike takes half a day.

Aerial view of Muong Thanh Valley
Aerial view of Muong Thanh Valley

 

Pa Khoang Lake
Pa Khoang Lake

Accommodations & restaurants
Accommodations and restaurants are not readily available at Muong Phang yet. Paradissa could arrange the services at a local Thai family. If you travel solo to Muong Phang, you'd better bring along your own food.