pa khoang lake
Picture of Duyen


Duyen's keen on travelling and exploring new places. By travelling, she get better at comfortable. It opens up the knowledge door for her as well.

Pa Khoang Lake

Dien Bien tourism not only stands out with the beauty of the ban flower forests and heroic historical stories. Dien Bien also has many majestic rolling mountains and lovely cool rivers and lakes. If you have the opportunity to visit this beautiful land of Northwest Vietnam, don’t forget to explore Pa Khoang Lake. The place is considered a miniature “Ha Long Bay” of Dien Bien.

IMG Pa Khoang Lake

1. Where is Pa Khoang Lake?

Pa Khoang Lake is located in Muong Phang commune, Dien Bien district, Dien Bien province, nearly 20 km northeast of Dien Bien Phu city and about 450 km northwest of Hanoi capital. The lake is located next to Highway 279, connecting Dien Bien Phu city with the Dien Bien Phu – Muong Phang campaign headquarters.

2. How is Pa Khoang lake unique?

Pa Khoang Lake has a total area of up to 2,400 hectares, of which about 1,320 hectares is forest area and 600 hectares is lake surface area. This place has diverse terrain types along with many rich flora and fauna species, a number of wild animals and many species of fish have been discovered living here.

The lake is a very large valley and winds through old forests around high mountains surrounded by charming mountain and water scenery. The lake has many islands of different sizes with peaceful and quiet water surfaces like giant mirrors, reflecting the images of mountains, clouds and sky.

This is also an important source of water supply for the large Muong Thanh field with main crops. Every year in this area, a large lake provides water for this place and also acts as an air conditioner to limit the harmful effects of the rainy season.

In particular, around Pa Khoang lake area is the residence of many ethnic minorities of Thai, Kho Mu… Here, the typical cultural beauty of this land still remains intact.

3. What is the best time to travel to Pa Khoang Lake?

Each season of Pa Khoang Lake brings visitors different beauty, no two seasons are the same. Because of this, you can come to the Pa Khoang area whenever you want. Because, every season and every space brings you wonderful experiences.

Summer is probably the time when most tourists come here, the scenery is extremely gentle and you will feel the cool freshness of nature. Coming here on summer days, thanks to the lake, the air here seems to be much cooler.

4. How to get to Pa Khoang Lake

To reach the Pa Khoang lake area, visitors can move from National Highway 279 through Na Nhan commune, Dien Bien district. After that, you go to Provincial Road 3 and go deep into Muong Phang commune. Visitors can follow the road area towards the Southeast area of Dien Bien city and pass through Ta Leng commune.

The above two routes can both take visitors to relatively winding roads, winding around the area along Pa Khoang lake. Under the green canopy of special-use forest trees, the air is fresh and the natural scenery is extremely peaceful and airy.

The road from the central area of Dien Bien city to the lake area is also extremely beautiful and goes up and down along the hillsides along the roads. When you come here, you can see the beautiful small houses of the Thai ethnic group hidden under the shade of cool green trees.

IMG Pa Khoang Lake 3

5. Exploring the beauty at Pa Khoang Lake

5.1. Picnic camping on the lake shore

This will be one of the extremely wonderful experiences for visitors when coming to Pa Khoang Lake. Having gone through many historical events, this place still brings you peaceful and wild beauty. On weekends, this place attracts a large number of tourists to visit, especially young people. They choose to visit an overnight picnic camp or camp during the day. This is truly a wonderful experience for you during the weekend.

In addition, when you come here you will also see images of children playing with kites flying in the sky. It brings you an extremely peaceful and interesting beauty

Coming here, you will also see beautiful small tents set up on colorful vacant lots. The natural scenery mixed with the fun atmosphere of families promises this will be one of the most interesting and exciting experiences.

5.2. Enjoying fresh air

Coming to Pa Khoang Lake, you seem to feel the fresh air from heaven. Especially if you are in an urban area, you are too familiar with the image of high-rise buildings close together and dusty roads. When stopping in this area, you will feel the fresh, pleasant atmosphere of nature.

5.3. Watching the sunrise on the lake

On weekends, when you come to Pa Khoang Lake, you not only see images of people with families having fun and enjoying the cool air, but you also feel the peace here. It’s interesting that when you stop here in the early morning, you will see the image of the sunrise shining on the lake with an extremely enchanting and charming lake landscape.

With an extremely large space and moderate height, Pa Khoang Lake is one of the great stopping places for tourists. The romantic setting is very suitable for young couples.

5.4. Admiring the colors of cherry blossoms

If you come to Dien Bien on the first days of the new year, you will have the opportunity to see the brilliant cherry blossoms spreading across the roads and hillsides. During the holidays, traditional cultural activities take place here to honor the beauty of this place.

6. Specialties when traveling to Pa Khoang Lake

Coming to this Northwest region, you can enjoy some special dishes during your Dien Bien Phu trip. You can choose to dine and rest overnight at hotels or homestays in Thai and Kho Mu villages located around the lakeside area.

6.1. Grilled fish:

IMG Grilled Fish Pa Pinh Top

This is one of the extremely unique and attractive dishes for tourists travelling to Dien Bien. The fish caught in ponds, rivers and streams have firm and sweet meat. When processed, the fish is also marinated with delicious spices from the skillful hands of indigenous people.

6.2. Smoked meat:

Tourists often choose the smoked meat dish as one of the special and attractive options when visiting here. Skilled chefs carefully prepare tenderloin pieces taken from buffalo or ban pig, marinating the meat with enticing spices from the Northwest mountains.

6.3. Lam rice:

As one of the typical dishes of the Northern mountains, Lam rice is made from delicious, sticky rice grains typical of this area. It brings you extremely wonderful experiences when enjoying this land of Dien Bien.

IMG Pa Khoang Lake 2

7. Accommodation when traveling to Pa Khoang Lake

Because Pa Khoang Lake is located not far from Dien Bien Phu city, when traveling here. So you should stay at accommodation establishments in the city, which is convenient for moving between tourist destinations and enjoy the amenities. Useful in accommodation establishments. And in particular, accommodation establishments in Dien Bien Phu city are very rich also diverse in type and scale.

7.1. Hotels:

  • Muong Thanh Dien Bien Phu Hotel. Address: 514 7/5 Street, Him Lam, Dien Bien Phu City, Dien Bien.
  • Muong Thanh Dien Bien Phu Hotel. Address: 514 7/5 Street, Him Lam, Dien Bien Phu City, Dien Bien.
  • Bao An Hotel. Address: House number 19, Group 12, Muong Thanh, Dien Bien Phu City, Dien Bien.
  • A1 Hotel. Address: No. 3 Hoang Cong Chat, Muong Thanh, Dien Bien Phu City, Dien Bien.
  • Phuong Nam Hotel. Address: House number 211, Group 3, Tan Thanh Ward, Dien Bien Phu City, Dien Bien.

7.2. Guesthouses:

  • Huong Quy Guest House. Address: No 4 Nguyen Chi Thanh, Thanh Binh, Dien Bien Phu City, Dien Bien.
  • Huyen Anh Guesthouse. Address: No. 8, Street 4, Thanh Binh Ward, Dien Bien Phu City, Dien Bien.
  • Tuyet Trung Guesthouse. Address: 152 Nguyen Huu Tho, Thanh Binh, Dien Bien Phu City, Dien Bien.
  • Guest house of Dien Bien Provincial Party Committee. Address: Muong Thanh Ward, Dien Bien Phu City, Dien Bien.
  • Trung Anh Guesthouse. Address: No. 807, Street 7, Tan Thanh Ward, Dien Bien Phu City, Dien Bien.

7.3. Homestay:

  • 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.
  • Him Lam Resort. Address: Group 6, Him Lam Ward, Him Lam Ward, Dien Bien Phu City, Dien Bien.

Above is an article about Pa Khoang Lake – one of the special lakes of the Dien Bien mountain region. It promises to be one of the great tourist destinations for you on your travel journey to the Northern mountainous region of Vietnam.

If you are planning your Dien Bien tour to Pa Khoang Lake, please immediately contact Origin Vietnam – a professional tour operator. With a team of consultants and local guides who are experienced, dedicated and thoroughly knowledgeable about this land. We will take you on a tour of Vietnam to discover Pa Khoang Lake with exciting activities and unforgettable experiences.

Private Dien Bien Phu Tour Package

This tour is one of the most exciting and spectacular adventure journey in Vietnam. Because the northwest is still unspoiled and is a captivating blend of dramatic landscapes and colorful hill tribes.
Recommendation Trip

Dien Bien Phu Travel Guide & Sightseeing

All Things need to know before travelling to Dien Bien Phu

Muong Thanh Valley

Muong Thanh Valley

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

Read More »
Muong Lay

Muong Lay

Travel to Muong Lay – It’s surrounded by majestic mountains, below is the flowing Da River. Nestled next to the river and houses on stilts

Read More »
Tua Chua

Tua Chua

Tua Chua is a place with great Vietnam tourism potential with many beautiful scenes bestowed by nature, in addition to great cultural values imbued with

Read More »
A Pa Chai

A Pa Chai

The territory of Vietnam has two very special border junctions. The Indochina junction in Bo Y commune (Ngoc Hoi, Kon Tum) and the Vietnam –

Read More »

Our difference

Origin Vietnam Responsible travel for Sharing Benefit with Local Community.

A small thing we do on our tours can make a big difference, so everyone at Origin Vietnam Travel, we strive our best to minimize the impacts while giving maximum enjoyment from your traveling experience. Continue reading ..

From Our Blog


That could be a get new experience of travel stories and taste local ingredients in traditional and local cuisines. It will take you into stepping of discover hidden of Vietnam!

Please login to access the full Agent Hub.

What’s in the Agent Hub

  • Webinars
  • Fam Trips
  • Industry News
  • Download Brochures
  • Useful Information
  • Promotions
  • Photo Gallery
  • Construction Reports
  • Operations Reports


Enter your email and password and start exploding Origin Travel features


Speak to a specialist on +8482 909 86 86 or fill in the form below, we will reply within 12 hours. Thank You!
Any specific requests or interests to customize your tour?


We keep your records confidential and do not sell them. Please provide accurate information to help us process your next tour faster, and we’ll offer unbeatable prices on our top tours.