Dien Bien Phu is a fascinating part of Vietnam. The city itself is filled with interesting museums, and is also a brilliant place to source authentic Vietnamese food. Take a cheap flight here and visit the city's eponymous Dien Bien Phu Museum, for example. At this museum, visitors can browse through exhibits on the legendary battle of 1954, when the French were defeated by Vietnamese forces and France's Empire in Indo-China crumbled. As well as exhibits on weaponry and photographs relating to the battle, there are also some other rather unusual items on display here, including the bathtub that belonged to the legendary Colonel de Castries. A flight here is, therefore, particularly recommended for history lovers! A cheap flight to Dien Bien Phu is ideal for sampling some tasty local cuisine. You can shop at the store-front eateries in the city or alternatively purchase some fresh ingredients from the rice and noodle stalls in the small markets.
There are several public transport options available in the city. Regular buses operate around the city and also connect it to other sought after destinations, such as Ha Noi. Buses tend to get very busy, so to guarantee a stress-free journey, many travellers opt to hire a car, motorbike, or to travel by taxi to their hotel after their flight. There are also several tourist buses operating around the province, enabling travellers to spend a day taking in the main sights with the help of an expert local guide. Dien Bien Phu is a small city, and the airport is located relatively near to the main attractions, including the city's museum. Its compact size also means that getting around Dien Bien Phu itself is very easy, and indeed can be done on foot should you wish. Travellers who wish to explore this region of Vietnam more widely can also take advantage of the great links to other nearby destinations, such as Han Noi. Take National Route 12 to reach Lai Chau, the capital city of the province, for instance, and photograph its iconic town square in the glorious light of the Vietnamese sunset. Travellers looking for somewhere convenient to stay close by to the airport can take advantage of some of the nearby hotels. The Dien Bien Phu Hanoi Hotel has a cosy coffee shop on the first floor, very popular with travellers and locals alike. Home made meals are also served throughout the day, making it a great place to relax after a long flight.