Bung Lao, Muong Ang, Dien Bien
Bung Lao, Muong Ang, Dien Bien

Dien Bien, Dien Bien Phu

Dien Bien Province is located in the North-West of Vietnam. Dien Bien shares border with China to the north-west, with Lai Chau to the north and north-east, with Son La to the east and south-east and south, with Laos to the south-west and west. Dien Bien has an international border-crossing with Laos at Tay Trang (Vietnam) – Sop Hun (Laos).

Most of the terrain of Dien Bien Province is mountainous with peaks up to nearly 2,000m above sea level. There are various valleys created in between mountain ranges, of which the largest is Muong Thanh Valley with total area of over 150km2. Dien Bien has 2 plateaus at A Pa Chai (Muong Nhe) and Ta Phing (Tua Chua).


Dien Bien Phu City at sunset
Dien Bien Phu City at sunset

There are two main seasons in Dien Bien. The rainy season is from May to November. The dry season is from December through April. Daily temperatures during March-October normally fluctuate between 20-30 Degrees Celsius. During December - February, daily temperatures are between 10-20 Degrees Celsius. The annual rainfall is 1300-2000mm.

Tuan Giao rice field, Dien Bien Province
Tuan Giao rice field, Dien Bien Province

There are 21 ethnic groups in Dien Bien Province of which the Thai is ghe biggest community (42%), Hmong (27%), Kinh (19%), Khmu (4%), Hoa, Ha Nhi, Khang, La Hu,...

Muong Ang Town, Dien Bien Province
Muong Ang Town

Tourist attractions and what to see in Dien Bien
Dien Bien Phu Battlefield with relics from the famous Dien Bien Phu Battle between the Viet Minh and the French troops.

Muong Phang was the head quarters of the Viet Minh forces conducting the Dien Bien Phu Campaign.

Pa Khoang Lake is in Muong Phang, 26km from Dien Bien Phu City. The lake, surrounded by thick forest, is great for relaxing holidays and eco tourism. There are villages of the Thai and Khmu ethnic groups around Pa Khoang.

Muong Cha Town, Dien Bien Province
Muong Cha Town

Travel and tours in Dien Bien
Dien Bien is an interesting destination for the travelers who love to learn about the famous Dien Bien Phu Battle. You can visit the major sites on a full day tour. It should take another day if you would like to visit Muong Phang and climb the mountain that General Giap observed the battle from.

If you like trekking or cycling tours, then you could have up to one week to visit different attractions in the province. You can also have a relaxing holiday at Pa Khoang Lake for a couple of days.

Paradissa offers veteran tours to Dien Bien Phu City and adventure trips which combine Dien Bien Phu and other destinations in the North West of Vietnam. Paradissa Travel also organize a number of motorbike tours, leisurely bicycle tours and mountain-biking adventures around Dien Bien and the North West of Vietnam.


Muong Lay Town, Dien Bien Province
Muong Lay Town

There are hotels of basic facilities and luxury hotels in Dien Bien Phu City. You can also have good comfort accommodations at Muong Lay Town. In other towns and townships, there are only guest houses.

Homestay used to be an interesting choice for travelers who love a more engaging experience. But as of our last check, there are no villages which offer homestay to foreign travellers.

Restaurants and bars
There are decent restaurants, cafes and bars in Dien Bien Phu City. At other towns in the province, there are only local restaurants with a limited choice of food.

Getting there and away
By road: Dien Bien is 500km from Hanoi via the National Road No6; other inter-provincial roads are Road 12 to Lai Chau, Road 279 to Son La, Yen Bai, Lao Cai,...

By air: There are daily flights between Hanoi and Dien Bien Phu city. The flight time is 45 minutes.

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