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JSTrip_77
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina1,299 contributions
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Jul 2020
This was the focal point of the Viet Minh victory over the French in 1954. It's a really well-maintained location with lots of old trenches and bunkers and even some barbed wire (not original, of course). You have to climb to the top of the hill to see an ex-US tank that the US provided to France...France then disassembled the tanks and flew them in and reassembled them. There's also the massive crater the Vietnamese created when they tunneled under the French position and detonated nearly 1000 kg. Continue out the exit and there is a coffee shop where the French Prime Minister enjoyed a coffee.
Written July 18, 2020
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Me_n_my_rucksack
Yorkshire, UK6,107 contributions
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Mar 2018 • Couples
If you have read books such as the Last Valley (The best account) Hell in a very small place, or Valley of Death, and want to put flesh on the bones of your knowledge of the battle then it is an absolute must to stand on Hill A1 and survey the scale and layout of not just this hill but the sourrounding features as well.

Known as Elaine 2 to the French the restored / reconstrcued trenches and dugouts allow you to walk the trench lines and get a feel for just how small each fortified French strongpoint or hill was. The final onslaught of 25000 Communist troops against the remaining 3,000 French and Allied Troops (Many colonial, Foreign Legion and Vietnamese themselves) would have raged up and down the slopes of this hill and as such it is a fascinating piece of land to roam around and let ones mind imagine the courage emotion and suffering which once played out here.

Naturally the Vietnamese hae no real motivation to recreate an accurate reconstruction - more to constrct a piece propoganda with some triumphalist memorials and some very faded models of Soldiers in various bunkers (I visited more than 10 years ago and the same "Soldiers" minus pretend radios or riflea are still in position - just ;looking older with more bits missing). There is a French Chaffee tank atop the hill - with an absurd shelter built around it to make getting photos dificult and achieving very little in preservation.

In the small visitors centre near the entrance there is a small model of the hill which is actually quite usefull.

There are some interesting French weaponry - tanks and artillery - behind metal fencing in a compound for a bizzare reason !

So if you have studied the battle standing here soaking up the actual terrain it was fought over is fantastic - but other than preserving the hill and the trench system the "Attraction" relies very much ones prior knowledge to appreciate the Hill and its part in the battle - if you dont know a lot about the battle when you get here you will be little the wiser when you leave.
Written March 27, 2018
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Bac Nguyen
Hanoi, Vietnam120 contributions
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Feb 2018 • Family
The war history was so clear with the excellence guide by the staff. The lost was so big for both sides - the French and the VietMinh. The French just didn’t understand the Vietnamese history and culture...
Written February 21, 2018
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2232KenJi
San Jose, CA137 contributions
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Nov 2015 • Solo
A stunning experience. The bunker, trenches, and the crater created by explosives in a tunnel dug under the hill. I read about this strong point. It was so vivid seeing it in person.
Written December 3, 2015
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Christina G
Stockholm, Sweden35 contributions
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Apr 2019 • Friends
A must to visit. See the crater from the blown up tunnel that made the french capitulate. If you are not that interested in war history the view is beautiful.
Written June 5, 2019
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HARRY C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019
The iconic site. A mass of deep trenches, .bunkers and barbed wire protect this key site. Also present are French tanks and artillery vastly superior to the VN weapons so,logically the French could not lose. This logic ignores the determination of the VN fighting for their country's freedom
Written January 16, 2019
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ColonelBangkok
Bangkok, Thailand281 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
Sitting on a high hill with a commanding view of the town and airfield this is a good place to start a battlefield tour.
Written November 17, 2018
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MickofTourdeTimor
Brisbane, Australia48 contributions
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May 2018 • Solo
This is one of the best wartime bunker systems you will visit in the world. One of the most strategic locations in the siege of Dien Bien Phu, but just a small part of the huge infrastructure that the defensive network was. This is a great and must visit site in DBP.
Written June 16, 2018
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無名
World8,170 contributions
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Nov 2017 • Friends
I believe this is a very unique battlefield site. Well maintained trenches and bunkers but there no descriptions to read about them. A few monuments are scattered on the grounds. You can't help but feel the pain and suffering that soldiers from both sides experienced here.
Written November 13, 2017
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sydneyite1111
Sydney, Australia75 contributions
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Aug 2016 • Solo
Students of military History in Asia will find DBP fascinating. As soon as you leave the aircraft you can see the situation in which the French placed themselves - effectively in the bottom of a bowl as DBP is surrounded by hills.
Almost in the business district, A! Hill was one of the French strongpoints in the battle of Dien Bien Phu where the Viet Minh under General Giap defeated the French. The battle occurred between March and May 1954 and culminated in a comprehensive French defeat that influenced negotiations over the future of Indochina at Geneva.
Written October 30, 2016
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