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.
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.
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.