Muong Thanh Valley, the largest in the Northwest, is a famous rice granary of the North of our country, possessing immense beauty and bringing many interesting travel experiences to tourists.
1. Where is Muong Thanh valley
Muong Thanh Valley is located south of Dien Bien Phu city, Dien Bien province, Vietnam. It’s about 6km from the city center and about 460 km northwest of Hanoi capital.
2. How is Muong Thanh valley unique?
Muong Thanh Valley is the largest rice field in the Northwest region, larger than Muong Lo, Muong Than and Muong Tac. This place is the rich rice granary of Dien Bien province, covering more than 140 square kilometers and located at an altitude of more than 400 meters above sea level. This field stretches about 20 km long and about 6 km wide.
Muong Thanh Valley is surrounded by the Nam Rom stream and rolling high mountains, creating a charming and beautiful landscape painting. In addition to its agricultural significance, this vast rice field also contributes to the development of local tourism. This place has become a very attractive destination in Dien Bien for the province.
Regarding land names, Muong Thanh is one of the best names in our country’s land names. “Muong Thanh” is read according to the common pronunciation, while the original language of the Thai people is called “Muong Theng”, and “Muong Theng” is also the word “Muong Then”. “Muong” means Muong village land; “Then” means heaven. Thai people here call this land “Muong Then” meaning “land of heaven”. Indeed, originally Muong Thanh was a lush, large field with beautiful and majestic mountain and forest scenery, so the ancients compared this place to the land of heaven.
It’s worth a visit Muong Thanh valley
Looking down from above, the Muong Thanh field running along the banks of the Nam Rom River spreads out like flower petals embracing the historical relics of the old battle. No matter which way you go, when you come to Muong Thanh at this time, you will be surprised by the beautiful natural scenery and richness when this place glows with an immense yellow color.
More specifically, Muong Thanh Valley is also a historical witness, this is where the 56-day and night-long battle of the Vietnamese army and people with the French expeditionary army took place from March 13, 1954 to the afternoon of May 7. In 1954, France surrendered. Coming to Muong Thanh valley, visitors will see with their own eyes dozens of relics recording the world-famous victory of the Vietnamese army and people more than 50 years ago.
The hills in the middle of Muong Thanh valley have not only experienced many events, witnessed ups and downs, but are also “witnesses” throughout the history of this land. For tourists who have the opportunity to go to the heroic land of Dien Bien to visit the historical hills, stand in front of signs bearing the names of symbols A1, C1, C2, D1 or Doc Lap, Him Lam… and steles The memories cannot help but overflow with emotion. Today, this system of hills and hill clusters has become attractive tourist destinations and an indispensable destination in the journey to visit the Dien Bien Phu battlefield relic complex.
3. Which is the best season to visit Muong Thanh valley?
Traveling to Muong Thanh Thug Valley is beautiful in any season, but the peak is in September, this is the ideal time when the green fields begin to turn beautiful bright yellow. This place has a valley terrain so there are no terraced fields like Hoang Su Phi or Mu Cang Chai, however, Muong Thanh valley has its own unique beauty when linked with clusters of revolutionary historical relics.
4. How to get to Muong Thanh valley?
Dien Bien is located quite far from Hanoi (about 500 km to Dien Bien Phu City), so the travel time to Dien Bien is quite long. There are currently only two ways to get to Dien Bien: by road or by air.
Visitors have many directions to approach this vast rice field. However, no matter which way you go, you will see a beautiful and charming Muong Thanh. The most beautiful thing is when looking at the rice fields from above, through the image of the fly-cam. All the consecutive fields and winding roads create an extremely unique and impressive scene.
4.1. Traveling by private vehicles
From Hanoi to Dien Bien (Dien Bien Phu city) is about 500 km, with mountain pass terrain, it will take you about 10-12 hours to get here. The road along Highway 6 passes through many beautiful places such as Mai Chau, Moc Chau, Son La… continuing on Highway 279 to Him Lam and then to Dien Bien Phu city.
4.2 Traveling by public transport
The sleeper bus to Dien Bien runs daily at My Dinh Bus Station, with a running time of about 12-13 hours. Traveling by sleeper bus has another advantage: you can send a motorbike along. If you don’t like going by car, you can also schedule a direct motorbike ride from Hanoi to Dien Bien, with a distance of about 500 km, it will take you a whole day to travel straight.
For tourists in the central or southern provinces of Vietnam. Then flying will be the best choice. After landing at Noi Bai Airport – Hanoi, visitors can travel to Muong Thanh field by motorbike, catch a taxi or go by bus.
This field is only 5 km south of the city center, just take Highway 279 for about 10 minutes to get there.
From the center, follow the roundabout to Vo Nguyen Giap, go straight to Street 7/5, Muong Thanh ward, turn left to reach the field.
5. Things to do in Muong Thanh Valley
5.1. Enjoying the golden color of the hometown rice fields
In August and September when you set foot in Muong Thanh field, you will see a large area completely covered by a brilliant yellow color, winding around the Nam Rom river stretching on both sides of the field. Rice seems to reach the horizon.
In the distance are high mountains that form a shield for this basin. This beautiful watercolor painting has touched the hearts of many tourists from all over.
Rice fields are everywhere in rural areas, ripe rice is beautiful everywhere, but in this land of Dien Bien, it will be a vast field straight from the wings of a stork. Each rice flower is heavy, fluttering in the wind as if inviting tourists to visit and take photos.
5.2. Understanding clearly the heroic history of the nation
Dien Bien is known as the place where the fiercest war took place between the Vietnamese army and people and the French colonialists. Therefore, when coming here, it will help you remind and remember a period of heroic and glorious history of the nation, from a time in Dien Bien’s history of “blood mixed with young mud” on May 7, 1954, in the heartland of Dien Bien. Muong Thanh pan was also an important base in the resistance war that resounded across 5 continents at that time.
During the years of the fiercest resistance war, the people of Northwest Dien Bien produced rice in Muong Thanh fields and provided hundreds of tons of rice to the Southern battlefield so that the front lines would have the health and spirit to fight. win independence for the nation. And today, when peace is restored, this place has become a large field producing food for millions of Vietnamese people.
6. Specialties when traveling to Muong Thanh valley
Not too rich in variety, but the dishes in Muong Thanh – Dien Bien are extremely unique and one of a kind, making visitors from anywhere will be satisfied. We can name a few delicious dishes and specialties of Dien Bien such as:
6.1. Grilled fish (Pa pinh top)
Thai people have a proverb that “bringing silkie chicken, not as good as giving pa pinh top” to show the sophistication and appreciation of this dish. In Thai, “pa” means fish. “Pa pinh top” is understood as “folded grilled fish”, which accurately describes the shape of the dish.
For Thai ethnic people, fish dishes along with upland sticky rice and tubers and fruits are important and popular foods in daily meals. The main ingredients of “pa pinh top” are stream fish and spices. This dish is special both from the way it is prepared and the way it combines spices.
6.2. Mac Khen grilled chicken
Mac Khen grilled chicken is a very famous dish of Thai people in the Northwest region, including Dien Bien. Choose charcoal to keep the heat and not let it cool or burn too loudly. Do not add fat to the chicken like normal grilling. Bake slowly and leisurely.
While grilling, let the chicken fat drain naturally so that the skin and meat are close together. When grilling, be careful to make sure the chicken is cooked until firm before applying the Mac Khen seasoning sauce. When exposed to heat, Mac Khen emits a sweet fragrance.
Grilled Mac Khen chicken has golden skin, fragrant meat, sweet taste, strong flavors of Mac Khen, lemongrass, ginger, and chili. When preparing, choose delicious chicken, clean it then grill it.
6.3. Dien Bien upland sticky rice
Upland sticky rice is grown a lot in the Northwest provinces, but when talking about the most delicious sticky rice, people often think of upland sticky rice in Muong Thanh – Dien Bien. Dien Bien upland sticky rice grains are plump and round, and when cooked, they are sweet, fragrant, and soft.
Thai ethnic people often eat upland sticky rice with grilled fish, grilled pork… Grilled fish is marinated with mac Khen seeds (a typical spice that is spicy and very fragrant) along with chili, lemongrass, ginger, etc. Then grilled over hot charcoal fire until golden brown to capture the true flavor of the Northwest mountains and forests.
6.4. Tua Chua black chicken
This is a black-bone chicken breed endemic to the H’mong people, called Ka Du in H’mong language. After thousands of years of nomadic life, Ka Du has still been preserved for many generations because the H’mong people consider Ka Du a precious asset, always present in the list of inherited assets donated and built. wife marries husband.
Ka Du has black-rimmed eyes, black skin, black flesh veins, black internal organs, and black-tinged bones. Ka Du chicken meat is very firm and delicious. In particular, the meat has 2 times higher glutamic and iron content than normal chicken and low cholesterol content. Ethnic minorities often cook Ka Du meat porridge to nourish young children, pregnant and lactating women, and use Ka Du bones to soak in wine or make soup for the elderly, sick people, and shaky limbs. .
6.5. Hoa Ban Vegetables
Hoa Ban vegetables are a traditional “rice serving” dish of Thai people in the Northwest region, especially in Dien Bien. These are new Ban buds with only a pair of leaves. Thai people pick them from Ban trees on high hills, bring them home, wash them and put them in a salt jar like sauerkraut salt in the lowlands.
Salted buds eaten with braised Nam Rom river fish are incomparably delicious. Just passing Pha Din pass, this season, both sides of the road have busy women standing with baskets of green buds. But, whatever you want, you have to go to Dien Bien Phu city, step into Muong Thanh market, blend in with the pieu scarves, and glimpse in the posture of Thai women’s dresses to feel a “spring of bud ban” in this place.
7. Accommodation when traveling to Muong Thanh fields
With a large and long area, the districts are very far apart, but the accommodation system in Muong Thanh – Dien Bien is quite complete. All districts have hotels and motels to serve tourists on the way to explore Dien Bien. In Dien Bien Phu city alone, there are nearly 100 accommodation establishments with all types of hotels, motels, and homestays that can welcome thousands of tourists at the same time. Below are some hotels and homestays that you can refer to:
- Ruby Hotel. Address: 43 Nguyen Chi Thanh, Muong Thanh, Dien Bien Phu City, Dien Bien.
- Pha Din Hotel. Address: No. 63, Group 3, Thanh Binh, Dien Bien Phu City, Dien Bien.
- Phuong Nam Hotel. Address: House number 211, Group 3, Tan Thanh Ward, Dien Bien Phu City, Dien Bien.
As a Northwest highland province with many unique cultural tourism products, visitors to Dien Bien can choose to rest in villages for tourism purposes, usually there are many homestays of local people. The area is combined with tourism and turned into a place to stay for tourists in need.
- Homestay Muong Thanh. Address: Hoang Cong Chat, Muong Thanh, Dien Bien Phu City, Dien Bien.
- Dien Bien Rose Villa. Address: 80 Group 18, Tan Thanh, Dien Bien Phu City, Dien Bien.
8. Sightseeing close to Muong Thanh valley
8.1. Dien Bien Phu victory relic site
Dien Bien Phu Victory Monument Area includes Dien Bien Phu Victory Monument & Museum; hills A1, C1, C2, D1; Hill A Martyrs’ Cemetery. General De Cat’s Cellar; Muong Thanh bridge and airport; Hong Cum base, Him Lam; Dien Bien Phu campaign headquarters…
This is where the Dien Bien Phu battle took place in 1954. Tourists coming here will hear and reenact the glorious victories of the Vietnamese army and people in the resistance war against the French colonialists.
8.2. Pa Khoang Lake
Pa Khoang Lake is hidden in the clouds and sky, in the middle of a majestic natural landscape. Winter in this place creates a magical landscape, in the distance there are glimpses of rolling mountains and lovely houses.
The atmosphere here is pleasant in summer. All blend together to create a charming scene, a captivating landscape. Besides, visitors will also learn about the typical customs and traditions of the Northwest region.
8.3. Hua Pe Hot Springs
You will feel the difference when bathing in Hua Pe hot springs compared to other places. People say that there are many hot springs, but for drinking, there is only mineral water in Hua Pe. This hot mineral spring includes 1 water tank, 2 large swimming pools and double swimming pools and many other service facilities.
8.4. Muong Lay Town
The water level of the lake rose to about 213m and an area of about 100 hectares has created Muong Lay an extremely attractive tourist destination. With the cool, fresh climate of the Northwest mountains, Muong Lay is the intersection of heaven and earth, rivers and mountains, the past and present. Giving viewers a feeling of comfort and lightness, as if they were in harmony with nature, earth, sky, and water.
8.5. Pha Din Pass
Pha Din Pass is a very dangerous place, one side is a deep abyss, the other side is a steep, precarious cliff. Today, the Pha Din pass bypass route is built along the mountain slopes of secondary pass peaks on the left side of old Highway 6. Having an altitude of about 1,000m (200 – 400m lower than Pha Din pass) has caused little traffic on the road through Pha Din pass. This is a place only for those who like to conquer and adventure
That is also an opportunity for tourists to chat with boys and girls from the mountainous region, to be immersed in the sounds of flute and pi, to enjoy the cuisine, to be drunk on strong wine, and to immerse themselves in the enchanting Xoe dance. end; Together with the villagers, they participate in harvesting the rice crop in Muong Thanh fields, immersing themselves in the majestic nature of the Northwest mountains and forests. All have created a Muong Thanh – Dien Bien that is always warm in the hearts of domestic and international travellers.
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