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Dien Bien Phu

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Country rank: 20 out of 46 Places To Visit In Vietnam

Sub-Region: Dien Bein Province


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Ideal duration: 1-2 days

Best time: April to June
September to November (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Dien Bien Phu (Check Flights)

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"The Historic Town Where The French Were Defeated"

Dien Bien Phu Tourism

Formerly known as Thaeng, Dien Bien Phu is the capital of Dien Bien Province in the northwestern region of Vietnam. It is among the most historically eminent cities in Vietnam. It is here that the French were finally defeated in the year 1954 by the Viet Minh Communist Revolutionaries.

Initially, just a small settlement with very less population, it achieved town status in 1992 and became a city only in 2003. The quaint town is full of natural beauty as you make your way through dense forests and hills and slopes.

Currently populated by only a handful of locals, it acts as a commercial trade centre of Vietnam. The laidback rhythm of Vietnamese life can still be witnessed here as you see locals mill about their daily chores and businesses in traditional dresses.

This small town resides in the lap of Muong Thanh valley and is 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.  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. The spirit of the city is like a phoenix rising after war and it is slowly but surely catching up to its current status as an economic hub.

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The historic importance of Dien Bien Phu lies in the fact that it was the site of the triumph of the Viet Minh soldiers over the French occupation in the First Indochina War of 1954. The French army heavily underestimated the Viet Minh and wanted to choke the army by cutting off its resources and then finally bring in aerial reinforcements to claim the territory.
The French believed that the Viet Minh had no capability to retaliate air attacks. However, the Viet Minh - under the able leadership of Ho Chi Minh - were able to move quickly through the terrain with heavy anti-air attack artillery and defeated the French in a long battle that lasted 28 Days.

Vietnamese love noodles! Rice is consumed in Dien Bien Phu in many forms like noodles, pancakes, porridges, etc. Fish sauce, vegetables and herbs form and intrinsic part of 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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Holidify's Opinion

  What's Great?

  • Historic Town
  • Gorgeous Scenery
  • Tribal Living
  • Hospitable Residents
  • Well-Connected to Hanoi

  What's not so Great?

  • Quiet and Laidback Town
  • E-visa does not allow you to cross borders to Laos from this town
  • Language Barrier may be present

For Whom

  • History Buffs
  • Nature Lovers
  • Slow Travellers

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How to Reach Dien Bien Phu

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

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