General Giap's Headquarters, Dien Bien Phu - review by Rusty Compass
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General Giap's Headquarters, Dien Bien Phu

| 28 Aug 2017


General Giap's Headquarters, Dien Bien Phu
Muong Phang, 17 kms east of DIen Bien Phu town

Our rating
28 Aug 2017

17 kilometres east of Dien Bien Phu are the remains of General Giap's Viet Minh headquarters from which led the successful battle against the French. Both the journey out and the historical sight are highlights of a visit to the area.

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Tunnels and bunkers are recurring features of Vietnam's twentieth century struggle against foreign invaders - and so they were at Dien Bien Phu.

General Vo Nguyen Giap commanded his troops' advance against the French from a network of tunnels and bunkers in idyllic rural country at Muong Phang outside of Dien Bien Phu. The command centre has been recreated on the original site.



The 17km journey is well worth the effort both for the historical value and the journey into picturesque villages and local life. Muong Phang is home to Thai minority villages and nearby Pa Khoang Lake is also a beautiful spot. This is a great way to spend half a day.

Mark Bowyer
Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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