Dien Bien Phu lies in Muong Thanh valley, a 20-km-long and six-km wide basin in north-western Vietnam a mere 34 kilometres from the Laos border. The town has some 120,000 inhabitants. The events of the first Indochina War cast long shadows over Dien Bien Phu as the area witnessed the capitulation of the French in 1954. In actual fact, besides the French command ... More>bunkers and a war museum there is very little else to see or do in this small town but the overland trip to reach it is more than worth making as it is spectacular. There is an airport close to town, two flights a day depart from Hanoi, taking just over an hour to get here. Because of the stunning scenery in this part of town, visitors often stop buy, meaning the hotels in Dien Bien Phu are clean, friendly and have English-speaking receptionists. Many of sights to visit in and around the city and linked to the war, so it’s definitely more of a place for those who want to get outdoors and enjoy the countryside.