Dien Bien Vietnam offers beautiful off the beaten path mountain hiking, jungle treks, trekking homestay, road cycling tours, mountain biking holidays, dmz, veteran, motorbike, and motorcycle tours from Hanoi. Dien Bien province is next to Lai Chau, Son La provinces, Laos and China. The province has many mountains stretching along north-west and south-east direction.
Dien Bien province contains 1 city and 8 districts including Dien Bien Phu, Muong Lay, Dien Bien Dong, Muong Ang, Muong Cha, Muong Nhe, Tua Chua, Tuan Giao, and Nam Po. Muong Thanh Valley is largest one of this region. The topography includes forests, high mountains, narrow valleys, small plains, and springs.
The province’s name menas “stable frontier”. In the 9th and 10th centuries, the Lu of Muong Thanh people were the most developed in the area and controlled Sin Ho, Muong Lay, and Tuan Giao. In the 11th and 12th centuries, Thai people from Muong Om and Muong Ai occupied Muong Lo in Nghia Lo and Muong Thanh in Dien Bien. They eventually gained control of the whole area between Muong Lo (Yen Bai) and Muong Thanh (Dien Bien).
In early 2004, Dien Bien was created from Lai Chau Province. Dien Bien includes all the land to the south of the Da River (Black River), and New Lai Chau Province includes all the land to the north of the Da River.
Getting to Dien Bien
The best way to get to Dien Bien from Hanoi is to take a flight from Hanoi to Dien Bien Phu city. It takes one hour by plane. Then either rent a car or catch a taxi to get to other Dien Bien’s district. There are also direct buses from Hanoi to Dien Bien.
Traveling by road from Hanoi to Dien Bien is a great way to discover the north west Vietnam. Take the national road #6 Hanoi, Son La to Dien Bien. You can also reach this area by following the other national road #32 or the new highway from Hanoi to Lai Chau, then to Dien Bien. The stretch of road goes uphill and downhill alternately with many sharp bends.
Booking a guided tour (with a tour guide) is highly recommended. An English-speaking guide is helpful in such off the beaten path place like Dien Bien Vietnam.
When to go
Dien Bien climate is monsoon tropical in altitude with low temperature and few rain in winter, hot and heavy rain in summer, Vietnam weather. Average annual temperature is 21-230C, lowest temperatures occur from December to February of the following year (14-180C), from April to September average temperature is 250C. Dry season lasts from October to April of the following year.
Best things to see and do
With favor natural conditions like diversified topographies, rivers, mountainous beautiful sceneries that help Dien Bien province to develop its tourism potentiality. There are many places with naturally, historically or artificially man-made can draw tourist such as Pa Khoang Lake, virgin forest in Muong Nhe, Muong Toong, Muong Phang Forest, Pa Thom Cave, Tham Pua Cave, hot spring in Hua Pe, U Va, Sang village, Son La Dam.
Dien Bien province also owns many monumental histories attached to the build and protect process of Vietnam like Muong Luan Tower, Tam Van Citadel, Ban Phu Citadel, Hoang Cong Chat Temple and most special is Dien Bien Phu Victory Monument.
Hiking is the best way to discover the province of Dien Bien. Trekking travel offers you the chance to explore Dien Bien tropical forest, luxuriant mountains, remote hill tribe villages. Whether it is a single day hike or multi day treks we have something to suit everybody. Maybe you just want to trek through the primitive forest, remote hill tribe villages or maybe you really want to get away from the crowds we can customize an itinerary for you.
Cycling is another great way to discover one of best Vietnam’s hidden places. Dien Bien province has sealed, paved cycle routes, single dirt tracks, mountain bike trails, back-roads cycling offering fantastic bike rides for enthusiastic mountain bikers. We have a range of road cycling trip and mountain bike tours around Dien Bien and the north west region, providing options for both those who want some mountainous challenges and those who prefer long flat rides.
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