Dien Bien is a moutainous provice, ear of northwestern ineternational borderline.
Dien Bien Province is on the North - West Vietnam. It is next to Lai Chau, Son La provinces, Laos and China. The province has many mountains stretching along north-west and south-east direction. Muong Thanh Valley is largest one of this region. The topography includes forests, high mountains, narrow valleys, small plains, and springs.
Climate: Dien Bien is mountainous tropical area. There are the dry and the rainy seasons. The average temperature is about 21 oC - 23oC.
There is a direct bus service that runs from Hanoi to Dien Bien Phu ( 16 hours) that leaves at 430am, 830am and 1030am.
However road condition and overloaded vehicles worry you on the way. We recommend you travel by flight or go by private car/ 4WD or mortobike
Car and Mortobike
It is 470km drive from Hanoi to Dien Bien Phu. It?s usually we must be overnight in Son La and continue the tip in the next morning.
There is Muong Thanh Airport in Dien Bien Phu, connecting Ha Noi - Dien Bien Phu.
Getting there and around
The network of road is convenient include:
- It takes 474km from Hanoi following National Highway No. 6 to Tuan Giao and then the 279 to Dien Bien Phu.- It is 195km from Dien Bien Phu to Ma Lu Thang border gate (Lai Chau) following National Highway No. 12.- The National Highway No. 279 links Tuan Giao to Tay Trang border gate vise Dien Bien Phu.
Traveling from Hanoi to Dien Bien Phu, it takes 1 hour by plane. But by road, travelers go over kilometers of mountainous road and cross Pha Din Pass. The stretch of road goes uphill and downhill alternately with many sharp bends. It is a memorable event for everybody in this superb mountain.
Dien Bien possesses charming natural scenery such as Pa Khoang Reservoir, Tham Bang Cave, Ban Phu Citadel, Museum of Dien Bien Phu Victory.
Dien Bien are also proud of many historic sites: Noong Nhai Vestige, Muong Phang Forest, especially, Dien Bien Phu Vestige with a global well-known victory in 1954.
The group of historical vestiges of Dien Bien Phu : Him Lam, A1 hill, the Muong Thanh Bridge, the A1 Hero's cemetery, the Museum of Dien Bien Phu Victoy, D1, C1 Hills, ground Command Post ...constitutes a big picture of the great battle that ended the first Indochina War, or the French war ( 1945-1954)
Muong Luan Old Tower in Muong Luan Commune, Dien Bien Dong dist.,. It is a cultural relic of high value. The tower and its nearby hot spring constitute an interesting tourist spot in the northwest of Vietnam.
Muong Phang primeval forest, in Muong Phan commune, Dien Bien Dist.,. There is the underground Command Post of General Vo Nguyen Giap. The forest is also a natural conversation with many precious fauna and flora species.
Noong Nhai Feud Stele, in Thanh Xuong commune, Dien Bien Dist.,.
Ban Phu Citadel, 10km southwest of Dien Bien Phu city. The citadel was built in 1758 ?1782
Temple of Hoang Cong Chat: to venerate the members of Hoang Family and six other revolutionary leaders. Local people hold a big ceremony in the 24th and 25th of lunar Januray each year at the temple.
Pa Thom Cave, near the Lao border. The cave is on a moutain sloper, it?s entrance is 12m high
U Va Hot spring ( Suoi nuoc nong Uva) in Noong Luong Commune, Dien Bien Phu Dist., 17km south of Dien Bien Phu city. The water is 70-80oC hot, a 90,000sq meter hot water lake is lying nearby.
Muong Nhe Natural Conservation, in Muong Nhe dis. This park is 31,216ha large inhatbited by many precious fauna and flora species.
Pha Din Pass is a magnificent landscape
Pa Khoang Lake is 600 ha area, contains 40 millian cu meter of water.
Lien Tuoi restaurant- Vietnamese and Chinese food.
add: Hoang Van Thai str., Tel: 824 919
There are some good local : Com , Pho in the town.
Thus, if you go with a tour, the hotels will serve you meals