Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam: – and surrounding battle grounds

If you are keen to explore and be guided around Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam and the surrounding battle grounds by a professional, experienced tour guide, then we cannot recommend Hoan highly enough.

Hoan Do Ngoc is a licensed, English speaking tour guide from Dien Bien Phu, in North Vietnam. He graduated from Hanoi Tourism College in 1999, and Law University in 2008.

He is an extremely knowledgeable local guide and mainly covers the extensive battle grounds at Dien Bien Phu, where the French made a last ditch stand.

They were soundly defeated by the Viet Minh communist guerrillas in May 1954, which then led to wider US involvement in Vietnam, as they had been providing air support for the French army besieged at Dien Bien Phu.

The battleground is fascinating, from the French General’s porcelain bath in his private bunker, to the extensive network of  trenches and caves where General Võ Nguyên Giáp (who is regarded as one of the greatest military strategists of the 20th century) and his generals planned their strategy to defeat the French.

  General Christian de Castries bunker and trenches

      Hoan beside a captured French tank at Dien Bien Phu

Hoan leading a tour of Dien Bien Phu

Hoan can show you all the key battle sites, on the 9 hills surrounding Dien Bien Phu.

Each French fort was named after a beautiful girl back in France, each one rumoured to be named after the commanding French General Christian de Castries many mistresses.

A Dien Bien native, Hoan has a lifetime of experience on the battlefield history and the many ethnic minorities’ different cultures and customs who live in the surrounding area.

Hoan currently operates a travel company in Dien Bien Phu, offering a variety of tours that cover historical, cultural, and exploration experiences in the region across Northwest Vietnam.

He has welcomed so many tourists from different countries, especially western journalists and returning French veterans and their families to visit the war memorials there.

You can contact Hoan at:
HOANG NAM INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL COMPANY LIMITED
05 – Tan Tien Group, Tuan Giao Town, Dien Bien Province, Vietnam
Mobile: (+84) 912545289 – (+84) 36 776 9668
Website: https://www.dienbientourist.com Email: hoantourdbp@gmail.com