Điện Biên, sometimes named Dien Bien Phu is a town in the north-western province of Vietnam. It is the capital of Điện Biên Region. The city is best known for the events which happened there during the First Indochina War, the Battle of Điện Biên Phủ, during which the area was a breadbasket for the Việt Minh. The city was previously called Thaeng. Điện Biên Phủ rests in Mường Thanh Valley, 21 kilometres (12 mi) long and 6.1 kilometres (3.7 mi) wide sink sometimes called as "heart-shaped." It is on the western edge of Điện Biên Region, of which it is the capital, and is only about 10.1 kilometres (6.2 mi) from the border with Laos.
Dien Bien Phu Airport is a small airport located at Điện Biên Phủ in Vietnam. The airport consists of a single runway that capable to depart and land by STOL (Short Take-Off Landing) aircraft such as ATR 72. The airport also provides comfortable and accessible to ease passengers while waiting for their flight to depart or arrived. Outside the airport, there is a beautiful landmark that you can take a photo as a memory. There is no flight available from Changi International Airport to Dien Bien Phu Airport until the present.
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The suitable time to come to Dien Bien is from November until early of May. From July and August are the rainiest months but there is no time when it is mainly not suggested to visit Dien Bien. Dien Bien has tropical savanna weather but is in the mountains, so the morning temperatures are much cooler. It is common to see the summits around the city in the mist in the morning. Winters which starts from November to March are dry and warm. Temperatures rise until April, the hottest month of the year when temperatures can occasionally exceed 39 °C. The monsoon season extends from May until October with heavy rains and cooler temperatures during the day. Dien Bien has the record of the uppermost temperature ever recorded in Vietnam with 43.7 °C.
Hồ Pa Khoang - With fresh air, spectacular natural landscape and rich flora, Pa Khoang Lake is a visitor attraction attracting many tourists in Dien Bien. Pá Khoang is like an emerald, a beautiful point for the magnificent scenery of the mountains and forests of the Northwest, which are sweet and expressive.
Museum of Dien Bien Phu Victory - The Museum of Dien Bien Phu victory sits parallel the cemetery of Vietnamese martyrs in Hill A1, which is now in the middle of Dien Bien Phu City, Dien Bien Region. The museum was constructed in 1984 in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Dien Bien Phu Victory. By the end of 2003, the museum was renovated, and its exhibition sections restructured. To date, the museum has five exhibition segments, featuring 274 objects and 122 photographs, many of which are newly added, about the 8- year struggle against the French colonialists.
Pa Thom cave - Crossing the tiny road, visitors will see that in the centre of the entrance hall to the cave, there is a massive rock like the head of the elephant hanging down. The cave has nine large arches with a lot of pillars bearing lively shapes and bizarre colours. The walls are the emulsion as large shimmering waterfalls running.