Where is Dien Bien Phu Airport? Things to know when arriving at Dien Bien Phu by plane

Dien Bien Phu Airport is known as the largest airport in Northwest Vietnam today. Since its inception, this airport has contributed greatly to the economy and political security of Dien Bien province in particular and the Northwest region in general. So, do you know where this airport is located and how to get there easily? HoaBinh Airlines will help you learn all the information related to Dien Bien Phu Airport.

Dien Bien Phu Airport is also known as Muong Thanh AirportDien Bien Phu Airport is also known as Muong Thanh Airport

Introducing Dien Bien Phu Airport

Dien Bien Phu Airport is one of the important transportation routes connecting the Northwest region with many other regions of our country. So where is Dien Bien Phu airport located? What outstanding features does this airport have?  

1. Where is Dien Bien Phu Airport?

Dien Bien Phu Airport is also known as Muong Thanh Airport. This airport is located in residential group 10, Thanh Truong ward, Dien Bien Phu city, Dien Bien province. This place is both a civil airport and an airport serving military work.

Because of terrain characteristics, Muong Thanh airport currently only accepts flights during the day. Construction of this airport began before 1954. The original purpose of this airport was to be used as a military base during the resistance war against the French. Since 1958, Muong Thanh airport has been owned by the Vietnamese army.

However, at this time, civil flights are still very limited. In 1984, Dien Bien Phu airport officially opened the Hanoi - Dien Bien flight. However, the airport was then temporarily suspended for upgrading purposes before resuming operations until now.

Dien Bien Phu Airport has infrastructure that is being upgraded every yearDien Bien Phu Airport has infrastructure that is being upgraded every year

2. Structure of Dien Bien Phu airport

Up to now, Dien Bien Phu airport has become the main and extremely important transportation route that helps connect the Northwest with many other provinces and cities in our country.

To best serve the travel needs of passengers, this airport has been upgraded to the most modern infrastructure system. Muong Thanh Airport currently has the following structure:

  • Runway:

Currently, Dien Bien Phu airport only operates short domestic flights. Therefore, the airport runway is also relatively small (1830m x 30m). According to the estimated plan, in the coming time, the airport will be renovated, and the runway will also be upgraded to a larger size (2400m x 45m).

  • Airplane apron:

At Muong Thanh airport, the airplane apron is designed in L shape, with dimensions of 120m x 60m x 72m x 91m. With this size, the airport can park three ATR72 aircraft or other aircraft of similar or smaller size at the same time.

  • Passenger terminal:

Currently, Dien Bien Phu airport has a domestic terminal with an area of 1,846 m2. The station's peak service capacity during peak hours is 150 passengers. According to the plan, the terminal at the airport will be upgraded to be able to serve about 500,000 passengers/ year. 

Dien Bien Phu Airport is divided into 3 clear zonesDien Bien Phu Airport is divided into 3 clear zones

3. Flights at Muong Thanh airport

Currently, there are two airlines operating flights to Dien Bien Phu: Vietnam Airlines and Bamboo Airways. Flight routes being exploited include: Hanoi - Dien Bien, Saigon - Dien Bien, and Hai Phong - Dien Bien.

In particular, Bamboo Airways will operate the Hanoi - Dien Bien route from September 2021 and the Saigon - Dien Bien route from December 2021. This is also the first airline to connect to this route.

How far is Dien Bien Phu Airport from the city center?

From Dien Bien Phu airport to Dien Bien city center, the distance is about 4.1km. The average travel time only takes about 8-10 minutes, depending on the type of vehicle the visitor chooses. To get to the city center the fastest, visitors should choose straight Nguyen Huu Tho street, then turn to Vo Nguyen Giap at the roundabout, and then go straight to the center.

Transportation to Muong Thanh airport

To get to Dien Bien Phu airport, visitors can choose many different means of transport. Here are some means of transportation that visitors can choose depending on their preferences:

1. Taxi

It can be said that taxis are the main means of transportation and are chosen by many tourists when they need to go from Muong Thanh airport to the city center or vice versa. Current taxi fares often fluctuate at many different levels, depending on the taxi company you choose and the distance you need to travel.

Visitors can choose a taxi or motorbike taxi to go from the airport to Dien Bien city centerVisitors can choose a taxi or motorbike taxi to go from the airport to Dien Bien city center

Normally, taxi prices in Dien Bien are currently around 11,000 - 15,000 VND/ km. From there, it can be seen that the total cost of passengers from the airport to the city center will be about 80,000 VND.

2. Motorbike

If you travel alone and do not have much luggage, you can choose to travel by motorcycle taxi. This is quite a cost-effective means of transport and is easy to catch. The average price if traveling by motorbike taxi will range from 40,000 - 60,000 VND. However, you need to discuss and agree on the price with the driver before getting on the bus.

Tourist destinations near Dien Bien Phu airport

As a province in the Northwest region and associated with many glorious historical events in our nation, Dien Bien is a province that possesses many attractive tourist destinations. If you have the opportunity to come to Dien Bien, do not miss the following attractive attractions!

1. Historical relic site of Dien Bien Phu victory

This location includes the museum and Dien Bien Phu victory monument, martyrs cemetery on hills A1, A1, C1, C2, D1, General De Cat's bunker, Him Lam, Hong Cum strongholds,... Area of the area This relic covers the entire Dien Bien basin area.

Dien Bien Phu Victory Historical Site is a favorite tourist destinationDien Bien Phu Victory Historical Site is a favorite tourist destination

This is where the famous battle of Dien Bien Phu took place between our people and troops. Coming to this relic, visitors will feel the heroic spirit of their ancestors. After understanding the sacrifices and losses of your ancestors' generation, you will love your homeland and country more.

2. Muong Thanh fields

The next place near Dien Bien Phu airport that tourists should not miss is Muong Thanh Field. This is the largest field in the Northwest region. Running along the Nam Rom River, Muong Thanh Field is like a flower petal blooming in the sunlight.

Coming here, visitors will be amazed by the beautiful natural scenery along with the richness of our country's Northwest mountains and forests.

3. Pa Khoang Lake

If you love watching majestic nature, you can visit Pa Khoang Lake. Located amidst beautiful nature, this lake gives visitors the feeling of being lost in a poetic fairyland. In winter, mist covers the lake surface, creating an extremely magical landscape.

In the summer, the air around the lake is extremely cool and fresh. The lake area is also inhabited by ethnic groups such as Kho Mu, Thai,...

Explore Pa Khoang Lake with its poetic and lyrical landscapeExplore Pa Khoang Lake with its poetic and lyrical landscape

4. Pha Din Pass

Another can't-miss destination in Dien Bien is Pha Din Pass. With rugged terrain where one side is a deep abyss and the other is a steep cliff, Pha Din Pass has a beauty that few places have an extremely Northwest beauty.

Despite its rugged terrain, this pass is extremely popular with adventure-loving tourists. Standing in front of this pass, you will feel very small, and Vietnam's rivers are extremely majestic.

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