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Top Choice Museum in Dien Bien Phu

Dien Bien Phu Museum

This well-laid-out museum, contained in a space-agey modern structure, features an eclectic collection that commemorates the 1954 battle. Alongside weaponry and guns, there’s a bath-tub that belonged to the French c…
Top Choice Monument in Dien Bien Phu

A1 Hill

This vantage point was crucial in the battle of Dien Bien Phu. There are tanks and a monument to Viet Minh casualties on this former French position, known to the French as Eliane and to the Vietnamese as A1 Hill. T…
Village in Dien Bien Phu

Men Culture and Tourism Village

Dien Bien Phu is ringed by Tay villages, and this one, 3km north of the city, has been deemed a 'culture and tourism village', ostensibly because of its traditional wooden homes and textile industry. There's little …
Monument in Dien Bien Phu

Bunker of Colonel de Castries

West of the Ron River, the command bunker of Colonel Christian de Castries has been recreated. A few discarded tanks linger nearby, and you might see Vietnamese tourists mounting the bunker and waving the Vietnamese…
Cemetery in Dien Bien Phu

Dien Bien Phu Cemetery

The immaculately maintained Dien Bien Phu Cemetery commemorates the Vietnamese who died in the battle of Dien Bien Phu, each gravestone bearing the gold star of the Vietnamese flag and a clutch of incense sticks.
Cafe in Dien Bien Phu

The Coffee Shop

One of a row of modern cafes on this street, we like the smiling staff and brick-and-wood decor here. It serves Vietnamese coffee and good fruit shakes, as well as ice cream.
Vietnamese in Dien Bien Phu

Bia Hoi Restaurants

You're probably only in town for a night, so meet the locals at the bia hoi gardens along Ɖ Hoang Van Thai. There's decent and cheap grilled food as well, if you're tired of rice and noodles.
Vietnamese in Dien Bien Phu

Pho Stalls

There's good-value eating at these inexpensive pho stalls and simple restaurants opposite the bus station; some serve delicious fresh sugar-cane juice.
Memorial in Dien Bien Phu

French War Memorial

The formal French War Memorial, erected on the 30th anniversary of the 1954 battle, commemorates the 3000 French troops buried under the rice paddies.
Monument in Dien Bien Phu

Victory Monument

The huge Victory Monument, commemorating the 1954 battles, presides over Dien Bien Phu's main road.