Suggestions for a 3 Day Trip to Dien Bien Phu


Dien Bien Phu city is 474km from Hanoi and is about 35km from the border with Laos (via Tay Trang border gate). In term of transport, the city develops both road and aviation. With roads, visitors can start in places such as Hanoi, Hai Phong, Thai Binh, Lao Cai. With air, you can see the information at the airline ticket agents.

Suggestions for a 3 Day Trip to Dien Bien Phu

By public transport

Travelers can buy tickets to Dien Bien at the bus station in Northern Vietnam. Remember to ask for the time of departure of the bus in both terminals as well as the places what the bus passes to have the plan to see the sights

From Hanoi, there are many buses to Dien Bien departing from Giap Bat, My Dinh and Nuoc Ngam bus stations.

By personal vehicles

The distance between Hanoi and Dien Bien is quite far; therefore, to ensure safety, you should go by car or public transport, the motorbike is not suggested. You can rent a motorbike taxi or motorbike to go around when you reach Dien Bien.

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The route from Hanoi - Dien Bien is as follows: driving along Highway 6 to Son La, crossing Pha Din Pass to Tuan Giao, then turning toward highway 279 to reach Dien Bien.

You must carry your driver’s license, motorbike registration certificate and obey the traffic rules when traveling by personal vehicle.

The best time to visit Dien Bien

Dien Bien is beautiful all year round, but if you want to visit the monuments, you should come to Dien Bien in the dry season, if you want to experience the beauty of the "green basin of Dien Bien", you are advised to come here in the rainy season. Particularly, on 7th May annually, there are many cultural activities to celebrate Dien Bien Phu victory performed by many ethnic groups here.

Hotel, Accommodation

The room rate at motels, hotels in Dien Bien is about 150,000- 500,000 VND/ night. Some suggested hotels include Union Hotel, Uy Ban (Committee) hotel; Lottery; Hanoi Dien Bien Phu…. hotels

Dien Bien Specialties

Purchase of gift items including dried buffalo meat, pork (dried by being hung over the kitchen), Tua Chua chicken, Mong Pe wine... The food includes dishes made from fish caught from Da River, Nam Rom River… Vegetable dishes depends on the season, the most common ones are bitter bamboo shoots, sweet bamboo shoots; vegetable grass, vegetables, and animal ... Grilled dishes are specially marinated, or there are boiled food, sour soup ... with characteristics taste. You can also try steamed sticky rice, bamboo- tube rice.

Places to visit

The most prominent site in Dien Bien in general and in Dien Bien Phu city in particular is the system of Dien Bien Phu victory historical monuments including: Dien Bien Phu - Muong Phang campaign headquarter; Him Lam, Ban Keo (Keo Village), Doc Lap (Independence) entrenched fortifications, A1, C1, D1, E1 Hills and the center of the French entrenched corporations (Ducat basement). Coming here, apart from the strong impression on the history of our nation, you can admire the majestic, unspoiled beauty of the city.

Besides, Dien Bien also "entertains" guests with a magical cave system in Pa Thom (Dien Bien), Tham Pua (Tuan Giao). The hot mineral springs of Hua Pe, U Va is suitable for resting and relaxing, or you can visit places with “mythical” beauty such as Pa Khoang , Pe Luong, Huoi Pha lakes.

In addition, visiting, exploring and experiencing the life of more than 20 ethnic groups in villages, or conquering Pha Din Pass of 32km long, one of the four greatest passes of Vietnam, are also favorite activities of backpackers.

Suggested 3 days itinerary to discover Dien Bien Phu

Day 1: Reaching Dien Bien in the morning, you can visit the commander tunnel, then have lunch. In the afternoon, you should visit A1 Hill, next, visit A1 cemetery to burn incense for the heroic martyrs and then go to the museum. After exploring the museum, you can look at Do Cat (a French General during the War in Vietnam) bunker then go to the Monument. After that, g to the hotel to perform the check- in the procedure. At night, you can wander the streets, or go out for coffee. Suggestions stalls are Cuong Huong, New, Lam Anh, Window cafes.

Day 2: After breakfast, you can go shopping at Dien Bien to buy specialties, visit Hoang Cong Chat temple and then visit Ten village to learn and exchange cultural activities and eat there. Next, you can return to the hotel to rest or go to drink some coffee.

Day 3: You can visit the remaining points in the morning, take a hot shower in Uva in the afternoon then have dinner. Finally, get in the car or plane to return to your city.

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