Dien Bien Phu from the Old to the New

Published:  10:27 Friday - July 22, 2016

Dien Bien Phu from the Old to the New

Dien Bien Phu is located in Muong Thanh Valley which is approximately 20km long and 6km wide. This city is 35km from the Laos border and 474km to Hanoi. This was a battlefield between the Viet Minh Army and French Army in 1954. More than 60 years over, Dien Bien Phu now is a tourism attraction for famous for its natural landscape and historical value.

The Battle of Dien Bien Phu was the decisive engagement in the first Indochina War (1946–54). After French forces occupied the Dien Bien Phu valley in late 1953, Viet Minh commander Vo Nguyen Giap amassed troops and placed heavy artillery in caves of the mountains overlooking the French camp. 

Boosted by Chinese aid, Giap mounted assaults on the opposition’s strong points beginning in March 1954, eliminating use of the French airfield. Viet Minh forces overran the base in early May, prompting the French government to seek an end to the fighting with the signing of the Geneva Accords of 1954.

Dien Bien Phu today is a green and peaceful moutainous area, 

.Nowadays, Dien Bien Phu became one of the tourist attraction sites for many local and international tourists.

The major attraction is the battlefield, its associated museum and relics, and more recently, the largest statue in Vietnam erected to commemorate the 2004 anniversary. It is noticeable that for the adventurous visitor, this is an attractive center for majestic scenery and an access point for encounters with wide variety of ethnic minority groups that have hardly been touched by tourism

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