Travel Guide to Dien Bien, Vietnam

Dien Bien is known to be the place to mark the heroic victories of the Vietnamese army and people. Travelling to Dien Bien, visitors not only admire the wild, majestic nature but also learn about the golden pages of national history.

500km from Hanoi Capital, Dien Bien is a mountainous province in the Northwest region with relatively complicated terrain. Everywhere in the province are small valleys and streams lying between the majestic mountains along the Vietnam-Laos border. It is the complex terrain that brings to Dien Bien tourism a strange attraction, like a magnet attracts tourists from all over the world.

The article below is an important Dien Bien travel experience that visitors should refer to better prepare for the journey to explore this legendary land.


1. The appropriate time to visit Dien Bien

In March, when the spring rain ended, the flowers blossom all over the roads and slopes of Dien Bien. At this time, many tourists come together here to admire the beautiful and pristine beauty of the North West land. In September, Dien Bien makes the visitors feel overwhelmed with its brilliant yellow shirt of rice fields spreading endlessly. It is also the bright yellow color, but the yellow shirt that Dien Bien dresses on the November is woven from the wild beauty of wild sunflowers.

Especially, if you have the opportunity to come to Dien Bien on 7 May, you will have the opportunity to participate in cultural activities to celebrate the victory of Dien Bien Phu, listen to the stories told by the veterans and live in the heroic atmosphere of the country.

2. How to get there

Currently, there are many buses operating on the Hanoi - Dien Bien route. Just come to Giap Bat or My Dinh bus stations, travelers can easily buy high quality sleeping bus tickets to Dien Bien with the price of 300,000-350,000 VND (USD 12 – 14).

For more convenient, many visitors choose to travel to Dien Bien by private car. However, having to drive a car over long distances will make visitors spend a lot of energy and running on unfamiliar routes can make it more difficult.

3. Stay

The tourism services in Dien Bien are relatively developed, with many hotels and guest houses which are opened to serve the increasing needs of visitors. With prices ranging from 150,000 to 500,000 VND (USD 6 – 20), visitors can rent a place to stay to regain strength after long days tired. Some of the most appreciated hotels that visitors should refer to when visiting this legendary land are the Uy Ban Hotel, Hanoi Dien Bien Phu Hotel, Cong Doan Hotel ... These are all well-appointed hotels which can meet the needs of visitors.

4. Dien Bien specialty

Who once set foot in Dien Bien and enjoy the taste of Northwest flavor in this land can not forget the sweet taste of meat barbecue, the fatty flavor of grilled fish, taste unforgettable bitterness of bitter bamboo or tasty ... worms.


Dien Bien specialties such as buffalo meat, dried beef, rice or worm wine are also excellent gifts that many tourists  bring back home for relatives and friends after the trip Dien Bien.

5. Sights

After traveling a long way to Dien Bien, tourists can relax and enjoy the romantic hot springs in the resort such as U Va hot springs resort or Hua Pe hot springs. Once recovering your physical strength, you can enjoy exploring the rich vegetation at Pa Khoang Lake, visiting Muong Thanh Plains, conquering the Pha Din Pass and winding down on the “four greatest pases”.

Feelings to discover the beauty of the mysterious caves like Pa Thom, Xa Nhe cave or A Pa Chai - the landmark between the three countries Vietnam - Laos - China is certainly deep in the mind of the remote traveler to Dien Bien.


And of course, most visitors want to visit the historical monuments such as Dien Bien Phu victory monument, A1 hill and the commanding post Bunker of Colonel de Castries - places associated with the gorgeous history of the nation about the victory Dien Bien Phu.

6. Note

According to travel experience of Dien Bien of many visitors, the period from June to August is a time that Dien Bien received a lot of rain. The rain makes the trail slippery and much affects the visit of visitors.

If you intend to visit Dien Bien by personal means of transportation, you should pay attention to bring full papers and thoroughly tested the safety of the vehicle before deciding to conquer this place.

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