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About 474km from Hanoi, Dien Bien is the north western province of Vietnam where the "Dien Bien Phu battle" became famous worldwide when The Viet Minh defeaded the colonial French army in 1954. This glorious victory paved the way for other countries to fight for freedom and independence. The northwest of Vietnam is a stunning destination for many Vietnam tour packages and a night stay in Dien Bien is offered by many Vietnam tour operator so that tourists can visit the historical sites and learn about the battle fields, facts of this so-called Indochina war.
 
This Dien Bien travel guide will give you some useful information:

How to get to Dien Bien

By plane: This is the best option to get to Dien Bien from Hanoi. There is daily flight that takes only an hour. However, the flight can be cancelled or delayed when the weather is bad especially in winter time when it is foggy. 
 
By road: There are many bus companies offering sleeping buses to Dien Bien but it takes around 12 hours because the road to Dien Bien is small, meandering on the sides of steep mountains. Holiday to Indochina advise tourists to book a northwest loop tour from 4-5 days with stop in Mai Chau valley, Son La, Dien Bien and Sapa before coming back to Hanoi via Lao Cai. An experienced driver and tour guide are needed to show you the hidden beauty of this beautiful part of Vietnam.

* By bus

BUS COMPAY ROUTE DEPARTURE TIME ARRIVAL TIME TICKET PRICE

PHONE NUMBER

HAI VAN EXPRESS Xuan Mai, Chuong My - Dien Bien bus station 20h00 8h45 on next day 290.000VND

04 38 71 71 71 - 0982 42 88 68

HUNG HIEU Giap Bat bus station - Dien Bien bus station 18h30 3h20 on next day 300.000VND

0912 374 168 - 098 66 22 887

HA DUNG Giap Bat bus station - Dien Bien bus station 18h30 3h20 on next day 300.000VND

0915 868 559 - 0972 425 179

DIEN LY My Dinh bus station - Dien Bien bus station 18h30 3h30 on next day 300.000VND

0913 383 449

KHANH LE My Dinh bus station - Dien Bien bus station 19h15 4h45 on next day 300.000VND

0167 3428 624 - 0913 099 278

HAI VAN EXPRESS Giap Bat bus station - Dien Bien bus station 19h15 7h45 on next day 300.000VND

04 38 71 71 71 - 0982 42 88 68

HUNG HA My Dinh bus station - Dien Bien bus station 17h45 4h45 on next day 300.000VND

0972 77 44 99

CUONG TAM My Dinh bus station - Dien Bien bus station 20h00 5h00 on next day 350.000VND

0912 075 669 - 0215 3825 260

TIEN TUE My Dinh bus station - Dien Bien bus station 20h00 6h00 on next day 350.000VND

0210 388 3094

TRUNG DUNG My Dinh bus station - Dien Bien bus station 20h00 7h00 on next day 350.000VND

0215 3810 657

LE DUNG My Dinh bus station - Dien Bien bus station 18h00 0h50on next day 350.000VND

0215 3810 205 - 0915 055 694

CUONG TAM Giap Bat bus station - Dien Bien bus station 20h30 5h30 on next day 350.000VND

0912 075 669 - 0215 3825 260

NAM OANH My Dinh bus station - Dien Bien bus station 20h00 6h30 on next day 350.000VND

0912 027 179 - 0215 382 5386

XAY DUONG My Dinh bus station - Dien Bien bus station 19h00 4h00 on next day 375.000VND

0215 382 7206

THONG LAN My Dinh bus station - Dien Bien bus station 16h30 23h09  375.000VND

0320 392 746

KHANH AN Giap Bat bus station - Dien Bien bus station 17h45  4h45 on next day 375.000VND

 

* By motorbike

- From Hanoi: Hanoi - Mai Chau - Moc Chau - Son La - Pha Din pass - Tuan Giao - turn left along Nation Road 279 - Dien Bien Phu.
 
- From Dien Bien Phu: Dien Bien Phu - Lai Chau on Nation Road 12 - Nation Road 4D - Sin Chai - Sin Ho - Tam Duong - Nation Road 32 - Thanh Son - Thu Cuc - Hanoi.
 
The characteristics of these two roads are that you will go through the famous tourist sites, it means that you will have a chance to simultaneously visit some more other famous attractions on the way travel to Dien Bien. The scenery is beautiful.
 
From Laos: Tourists go on an Indochina discovery tour from Laos to Vietnam can cross Tay Trang boder gate to Dien Bien. The route is Luang Prabang - Oudomxay - Muong Khua - Tay Trang. There is local bus, but we advise tourists to book a tour package because not many Lao people can speak English and traveling by yourself can be a challenge.
 
From Sapa: If you have visited Sapa and would like to visit Dien Bien, it is possible to book a tour package in Sapa including a private 4X4 drive and a tour guide to reach Dien Bien in a day via Lai Chau. The northwest loop tour from Sapa can be like this: Hanoi - Sapa - Lai Chau - Dien Bien - Son La - Mai Chau - Hanoi.

Best time to visit Dien Bien

The best time to visit Dien Bien is from September to March when it is dry and cool. During this time, tourists can see valley of rice paddies in Mai Chau, green tea plantation in Moc Chau, beach blossoms and wild flowers are everywhere during your trip.

Accommodation in Dien Bien

There are many guesthouses, mini hotels in Dien Bien but for tourists, Muong Thanh hotel is the best hotel in Dien Bien to stay. The hotel is comfortabel with air-conditioner, hot shower, nice restaurant to have delicious dinner. Besides, here are our suggestion about hotels in Dien Bien, check out for your reference:
 
HOTEL NAME HOTEL LOCATION

PHONE NUMBER

CONG DOAN DIEN BIEN HOTEL 878 Vo Nguyen Giap Str, Dien Bien Phu City, Dien Bien, Vietnam

+84 215 3824 319

MUONG THANH HOTEL 25 - 21 Str, Him Lam Ward, Dien Bien Phu City, Dien Bien, Vietnam

+84 215 3810 043

HIM LAM HOTEL Group 6, Him Lam Ward, Dien Bien Phu City, Dien Bien, Vietnam

+84 215 3811 856

DIEN BIEN PHU - HANOI HOTEL 849 - 7-5 Str, Dien Bien Phu City, Vietnam

+84 215 3825 103

ASEAN HOTEL Nguyen Huu Tho, Muong Thanh Ward, Dien Bien Phu City, Vietnam

+84 215 3737 777

XO SO HOTEL 10 Str, Dien Bien Phu City, Vietnam

+84 215 3825105

NHU NGOC HOTEL 10, Group 4, Thanh Binh Ward, Dien Bien Phu City, Vietnam

+84 215 3834488

CANG HANG KHONG DIEN BIEN HOTEL 9 Str, Thanh Binh Ward, Dien Bien Phu City, Vietnam

+84 215 3825052

NHA KHACH TINH UY DIEN BIEN Muong Thanh Ward, Dien Bien Phu City, Vietnam

+84 215 3830336

RUBY HOTEL 43 Nguyen Chi Thanh, Dien Bien Phu City, Vietnam

+84 215 3835 568

Dien Bien travel tips

The trip from Hanoi to Dien Bien by road is beautiful with stunning scenery, but it can be borning with lond drive. So remember to stop for walk to visit some of the ethnic villages on the way.
 
It is quite disappointed to visit Dien Bien only. A northwest loop tour is highly recommended to see the whole region. Our suggested tour package is:
 
Day 1: Hanoi - Mai Chau valley - stay at homestay
Day 2: Mai Chau - Moc Chau plateau - Son La - stay at a hotel
Day 3: Son La - Dien Bien - stay at a hotel
Day 4: Visit Dien Bien - drive to Sapa - stay at a hotel
Day 5: Visit Sapa - Stay in Sapa
Day 6: Sapa - Hanoi by road - 6 hours
 
Should you want to receive a detailed tour itinerary and quote, please feel free to contact us at info@vietnamcharmtravel.com. Our travel experts will plan you a great Vietnam tour package to this beautiful but little visited places of Vietnam.

 

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