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Dien Bien Phu

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Country rank: 16 out of 36 Places To Visit In Vietnam

Sub-Region: Dien Bein Province


Ideal duration: 1-2 days

Best time: April to June
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Nearest Airport: Dien Bien Phu (Check Flights)


"The land of cultural and historical heritage"

Dien Bien Phu Tourism

Formerly known as Thaeng, Dien Bien Phu is the capital of Dien Bien Province in the northwestern region of Vietnam. Initially, just a small settlement with very less population, it achieved town status in 1992 and became a city only in 2003. It is best known for the historical 'Battle of Dien Bien Phu' during the First Indochina War.

This small town resides in the lap of Muong Thanh valley, bordered by Vietnamese provinces Lai Chau and Son La in east and south, Chinese Pu'er City in the north and Phongsaly in Laos in the west. It is surrounded by thick forests and beautiful hills which fill this simple town with scenic beauty. The valley is heart shaped and shelters a population of Thai, Hmong and Si La groups. Vietnamese ethnic groups which form about one-third of the population live on the plains which essentially form the city. After the fierce battle in 1954, the city has witnessed humongous change, and many civic buildings and promenades have been constructed since then. It also has various ancient monuments and is a historic battlefield site.

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Dien Bien Phu is a small town, with a limited number of ATMs are available.

Vietnamese Dong is the only accepted currency here and can be exchanged at many exchange junctions. But don't easily show your original currency to strange people or they might take a chance to exploit you.

Major sightseeing can be done on foot and so not a lot of money is needed. But if you're renting a bike, it can be relatively expensive. Cabs and private taxis also do not charge much. And it also depends on how fancy a restaurant you prefer for meals.

Mahayana Buddhism is most prevalent. Other key religions are Theravada, Taoism, Confucianism.

Ao Dai is the dress worn mostly by women and also by men in Dien Bien Phu. Women do not wear small skirts or shorts but it is not banned there. While visiting temples, full sleeved tops and pants should be worn as a basic etiquette.

Vietnamese is widely spoken in this area. Also, because of its proximity to China, Chinese is quite prevalent. Tay and Khmer are common among the non-Vietnamese folks. Surprisingly less number of people speak English; it'd be better if you're with your guide all the time.

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The history of Dien Bien Phu is immensely popular as the great battle between the french colonial army, and Viet Minh was fought on this land. It was the first French defeat during the Indochina War.

It's a small and conservative town. Nightlife is almost non-existant.

The place is a historical site and lacks cultural extravaganza. But there are a few boutiques, jewelery stores and clothing shops from where authentic Vietnamese stuff can be bought.

Vietnamese love noodles! Rice is consumed in Dien Bien Phu in many forms like noodles, pancakes, porridges, etc. Fish sauce, vegetables and herbs form the healthy cuisine of Vietnam. Spring Rolls and Bread Rolls are the Vietnamese dishes, famous around the world.

Here is a list of Vietnamese Dishes that you can try!

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Dien Bien Phu is connected with the rest of Vietnam through air, roadways and even through river (Nam Ou). Best way to reach this town is through bus transport or by air from Hanoi. (Read More)

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