Dien Bien Phu

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Dien Bien Phu plays a star role in Vietnam’s modern history. It was in the surrounding countryside here, on 7 May 1954, that the French colonial forces were defeated by the Viet Minh in a decisive battle, and the days of their Indochina empire became numbered.

  • Sights :
  • Dien Bien Phu museum (admission : 15,000 VND; 7-11am&1.30-4.30pm). This well-laid-out museum, contained in a space-aged modern structure.
  • A1 Hill (admission : 5,000 VND;7-11am&1.30-4.30pm). There are tanks and a monument to Viet Minh casualties on this former French position.
  • Bunker of Colonel de Castries (admission : 5,000 VND; 7-11am&1.30-5pm) Across the Ron River, the command bunker of Colonel Christian de Castries has been recreated.
  • Dien Bien Phu Cemetery. The  Dien Bien Phu Cemetery commemorates the Vietnamese who have passed on.
  • French War Memorial. The formal French War Memorial, erected on the 30th anniversary of the 1954 battle.
  • Muong Thanh Bridge. The old Muong Thanh bridge is preserved and closed to four-wheeled traffic.
  • Bunker of Chief Artillery Commander Pirot. Though not much more than an overgrown crater.
  • Sleeping :
  • Ruby hotel – Nguyen Chi Thanh street (s/d/tr/400,000 VND/500,000 VND/600,000VND). The best deal in Dien Bien Phu is this friendly hotel.
  • Binh Long hotel – Muong Thanh street (d/200,000 VND). This small, family-run place.
  • Muong Thanh hotel – Muong Thanh street ( incl breakfast 50-80$)
  • Some guesthouse ( d/250,000 VND-300,000 VND)
  • Eating  & Drinking :
  • There are rows of pho stalls located nearby.(dishes around 30,000 VND;8-10pm)
  • Yen Ninh – Be Van Dan street meals.  This modest fully vegetarian dinner dishes up tasty noodle and rice plates with plenty of tofu. (d/50,000 -80,000 VND; 11am-9pm.)
  • Bia Hoi – Hoang Van Thai street meals. You’re probably only in town for a night so meet the local at the bia hoi gardens.(30,000-50,000 VND;noon-10 pm)
  • The coffee shop – Tran Can street.  One of a row of modern cafes on this street. (Prices vary. 10 am -10 pm.)
  • Bank : Agribank
  • Bus : HN – DBP : 270,000-300,000 VND ; DBP – Lai Chau : 130,000 – 150,000 VND; DBP – Muong Khua( Laos) : 110,000 VND; DBP – Muong Lay : 65,000 VND; DBP – Son La : 105,000 VND.

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