Inside Vietnam: Cambodia Laos

Dien Bien Phu

The scene of the decisive battle of the First Indochina War, Dien Bien Phu is synonymous with the defeat of the French colonial powers in Indochina.

The frontier city of Dien Bien Phu, located in the northwest of Vietnam close to the border with Laos, was the site of the decisive battle of the First Indochina War (1946-1954). The French Indochina garrison based in the city was finally defeated by the Viet Minh forces after a 57-day siege, a defeat which marked the end of French involvement in the region and led to the partioning of Vietnam into North and South.

Dien Bien Phu

located in Dien Bien Phu

Read more >

Other suggested History

View more >
  • War Remnants Museum and Reunification Palace

    War Remnants Museum and Reunification Palace

    Learn about Saigon's fascinating combination of colonial, post-colonial and post-Vietnam War history through its architecture and museums.

    Read more >

  • Duong Lam Village

    Duong Lam Village

    Not far from Hanoi is Duong Lam Village, a rural settlement in the northern Red River Delta famed for its well-preserved traditional architecture.

    Read more >

  • Explore the My Son Ruins

    Explore the My Son Ruins

    The most significant remnant of the once-powerful Cham Dynasty can be found at My Son, a short drive from Hoi An.

    Read more >