Dien Bien Phu Museum.

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Dien Bien Phu Museum

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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 bathtub that belonged to the French commander Colonel de Castries, a bicycle capable of carrying 330kg of ordnance, and the testimony of Vietnamese who were there.

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1. Dien Bien Phu Cemetery

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The immaculately maintained Dien Bien Phu Cemetery commemorates the Vietnamese who died in the battle of Dien Bien Phu, with each gravestone bearing the…

2. A1 Hill

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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,…

3. French War Memorial

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The unsigned French War Memorial, erected on the 30th anniversary of the 1954 battle, commemorates the 3000 French troops buried under the rice paddies.

4. Muong Thanh Bridge

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The old Muong Thanh Bridge is preserved and closed to four-wheeled traffic.

5. Bunker of Colonel de Castries

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West of the Ron River, the dank command bunker of Colonel de Castries has been recreated, though there's little to actually see. A discarded tank and some…

6. Market

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Dien Bien Phu's liveliest quarter is this bustling produce market on the east bank of the Ron River, just east of the old Muong Thanh Bridge.

7. Victory Monument

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The epic hilltop Victory Monument, commemorating the 1954 battles, presides heroically over Dien Bien Phu's main road. Road access leads around the back…

8. Men Village

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Dien Bien Phu is ringed by Tay villages, and this one, 5km north of the city, has been deemed a 'culture and tourism village', ostensibly because of its…