Dien Bien Phu city is located in Muong Thanh Valley with around 20km long and 6km wide was established in the middle of the 19th century. For a long time, Dien Bien Phu has a border with Laos and China so it is a point of cultural and economic exchange between people in the border area of these countries. Business people from all the countries such as Laos, Myanmar and China come here for trading. From Dien Bien, all kinds of commodities are transported through Tay Trang border gate to Laos, Thailand to exchange for consumer’s goods to supply Hanoi and North West provinces.
Dien Bien Phu is also famous because of a battlefield that lasted 56 days between French troops and Vietnam communists in 1954 and led to the fall of French colonism in Indochina. One of historical sites left until today is A1 hill, the main battle area of the war that now becomes the most attractive place when visitor come to Dien Bien, especially French tourists.
The historcal complex covering a large area is located at Muong Phang ward, 30km from Dien Bien city. Almost everyday, a lot of former Vietnamese soldiers came here to have a look back on their bloody and heroic youth.
People of Kinh, Thai, Hmong...with their own life styles, cultures, clothes are all very friendly and helpful. Nowadays, Dien Bien Phu becomes one of the tourist attraction sites for many local and international tourists.
From Hanoi, you can reach Dien Bien Phu by motorbikes, bus and flight.