October 31, 2008

Dien Bien Phu Vietnam

Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam has its place in the minds of the Vietnamese as the battle ground that changed the course of history of the country. The famous battle of Dien Bien Phu was fought in the Dien Bien district of the Lai Chau province and today it has become one of the popular destinations in Vietnam.

During Operation Castor of the First Indochina War the French Union force fortified the region to draw out the Viet Minh forces. This resulted in the battle of Dien Bien Phu which resulted in the defeat of the United States backed French Union in the hands of the China backed Viet Minh forces in 1954. The victory of the Vietnamese over the French forces created a ripple throughout the world. The town has retained some of the remnants of the war like the Doc Lap Hill, the airport, and the command tunnel of General de Castries.

Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam is situated 500 kilometers to the northwest of Hanoi, Vietnam. Though it still draws tourists as the site of the famous war, Dien Bien Phu is also a town of exotic natural beauty. It lies in the 20 kilometers long and 6 kilometers wide Muong Thanh valley which is surrounded by mountains providing the small town with a spectacular view. Across the valley flows the Nam Rom River making the land fertile. This small town was the first place for the settlement of different minority people, another reason for visiting the place when you are sightseeing in Vietnam

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