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Dien Bien Phu

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  • Dien Bien Phu Museum
    3 stars

    Those on a group tour will probably be happy to have a guide around that speaks their language and can explain what they are looking at, as although everything has English and French captions, it's lacking a story to guide you through. Also, curatorial rigour may be lacking — a careful eye ... read more

  • A1 hill and Cemetery
    3.5 stars

    It was the last hill taken by the Viet Minh, marking the end of the battle, and was the scene of some of the most intense fighting, and loss of life. The hill was eventually blown up from underneath by the Vietnamese, so what's on display here is mostly a reconstruction, making it, by our ... read more

  • Muong Thang Bridge and the bunker of De Casties and Pirot
    2.5 stars

    Just before crossing the bridge, on the right, there is a stone plaque in front of what is now just a weedy hole in the ground, but used to be the bunker of Chief Artillery Commander Pirot. As the story goes, the moment he heard the first shot from Vietnamese artillery in the nearby hills, he knew ... read more

  • Countryside around Dien Bien Phu
    3 stars

    Unfortunately, despite the rewards of the scenery and the friendly and inviting villages, without a map (which we couldn't find in town) or any guidance from the hotels or anyone else we asked, it's difficult to get the most out of this trip. Still worth it though if you're happy just to drive ... read more

  • Monument
    3.5 stars

    At the junction of Thanh Binh and 7-5 Roads stands a large statue high up on a hill overlooking the town and an impressive concrete freeze lines a wall at the base. No information is available as to the precise nature of this new monument — although one can assume — but it's an ... read more

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