Dien Bien

Location Presentation


Dien Bien is a mountainous, borderland province. The north is contiguous to Lai Chau, the east and North-East is contiguous to Son La, the North-East is contiguous to Yunnan (China), the west and South-West border on People Republic of Laos. Dien Bien is 500 kilometers far from Ha Noi by roadway and have been approved by Government for establishing flight routes to some countries in Southern-Asia such as Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar.




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Geography location:

Dien Bien is a border mountainous province in the North-West of the country. It is situated from the latitude 20054 to 22033 North and from the longtitude 102010’-103036’ East. It is bordered by Lai Chau province to the North, Son La province to the East and Northeast, Yunnan province (China) to Northwest, Laos PDR to the West and Southwest borders Lai Chau province in the North, Son La province in the East and Northeast, Yunnan province (China) in the West, Laos Republic in the West and Southwest. It is about 500km from Hanoi Capital.


Area: 9,562.9 km2.

The province comprises 9 administrative units: one city (Dien Bien Phu), one provincial town (Muong Lay) , 7 districts (Dien Bien, Dien Bien Dong, Muong Ang, Muong Cha, muong Nhe, Tua Chua and Tuan Giao).



The current population of the province is over 52 thousand, including 19 ethnic groups. The average population density is 52 people/ This is one of the provinces with the lowest population density in the country, much lower than the average population density of the Northwest region.

The number of people in the working age is 286,000, accounting for 57% of the population. Currently, the number of employees working in the sector of national economy is 272 thousand. Most of them are farmers and forest workers (80.6%). The number of industrial and construction workers accounts for only 6.3%, service sector workers13.1%. The number of unemployed workers is stillbig (around 14 thousand people), accounting for 4.9% of the total number ofworkers.


Socio-economic development situation:

In 2013 the economic growth of the province reached 8.55% in which agriculture-forestry raised by 4.95%, industry and construction 5.56%, service sector 11.04% compared with 2012. GDP per capita is estimated to value VND20.41 million/person/year, up by 16.2% compared with 2012. Agricultural sector continues to be maintained and developed. Perennial industrial trees: rubber and coffee’s area was expanded as planned.


FDI attraction:

Dien Bien had 01 valid foreign investment project with total registered capital of USD129,000. So far there have been two businesses operating in the province: Vietnam-China Animal Feed Joint Venture and Domine Kochay JSC. At Vietnam-China Animal Feed Joint Venture, foreign partner has already transfered all shares to Vietnamese partners; the other company was granted with investment certificate in 2011 and is implementing the next steps.



Road network:The distance fromthe city ofDien Bien Phuto Hanoi Capital is474kmalong National Road279with a turnontoNational Road 6.

National Road 12: From Dien Bien Phu City to Ma Lu Thang border gate (Lai Chau): 195 km

National 279 (117 km in length): connecting Tuan Giao to Dien Bien Phu city and running through to Tay Trang border gate.


Air transport: there is an airport in the city of Dien Bien Phuto provide service for Hanoi - Dien Bien Phu - Vientiane - Luang Phabang route.


Potential for development:

Mineral: Mineral resources comprise various types such as: mineral water, fat coal, limestone, slate, granite, iron oreandnon-ferrous metals, etc. with small reserves and scatter throughout the province. Up to now, 32 iron ore and metal mines, 14 coal minesare detected, of which 2 mines are believed to havereserves of C1 quality, and many mines of construction material minerals, mineral water etc, but its quality and reserves have not been fully explored and evaluated.


Hydropower: Surface water source in Dien Bien province mainly come from three rivers, namely Da river, Ma river and a branch of Mekong river. Due to steep slope, the  river flows very fast, creating huge potential for hydropower development. Small hydropower plants can be built with a total capacityofabout432MW((7 plants were built and put into operation; 12 projects were granted with investment certificates and are under construction; 33 other projects are calling for investment).


Agriculture-forestry-fishery: Dien Bien has a total natural area of 955,409 hectares. Most of the area is onhigh steep with thin layers. More than 70% of provincial land area has the slope of over 25 degree which is suitable for forestry development and forest regeneration. The land area for agricultural and forest cultivation is 479,817 hectares, in which agricultural land is 111,749 hectares, forest land 367,398 hectares; aquaculture area is 670 hectares.


Tourism resources: The province has great potentiality for developing historical, human-cultureand nature tourism.

- Historical and human-culture tourism: Dien Bien province has Dien Bien Phu historical monument cluster, the traces of the famous battle between French - Vietnam army which made the world shocked. Currently this historical cluster is being zoned for conservation and recovery by Vietnamese government. These are extremely valuable assetsfor developing historical tourism. Besides, Dien Bien has many historical sites such as: Muong Luan Tower,a cultural construction from the 16th century, Van Tam citadel, Ban Phu citadel, Hoang Cong Chat Temple ect…

- Dien Bien has a multi-ethnic culture which has great significance for tourism (There are 19 ethnic groups living in Dien Bien). Each people has its own unique culture, including tangible and intangible culture; the traditional social and cultural institutions of each people such as: Muong commune of Thai people based on public land, institutions oftheH’mongfamily...; customary in production, daily life and in religious activities, festivals of each ethnic, along with special typical dishes of the Northwest... are attractive humanistic tourism resources for tourists, especially international visitors. In addition, the hospitality and enthusiasm of Dien Bien people is also a solid foundation for tourism development.

- Nature tourism: Dien Bien has many famous scenic spots such as Pa Khoang Lake, primitive forest in Muong Nhe, Muong Toong, Muong Phang Forest, Pa Thom cave, Tham Pua cave, waterfalls, the spectacular natural landscape, and Son La hydropower lake in near future,... These are ideal conditions for Dien Bien to develop attractive types of tourism.


Investment attraction orientation:

- Forestry development, industrial trees cultivation, cattle husbandry;

- High quality rice production;

- Livestock farming;

- Rapid tourism and service development;

- Development of hydropower development and other types of power.

Dien Bien also shares border with the Democratic Republic of Laos and China with such passings asTay Trang,which could become an international border gate in the future; PaThom, MuongLoi, ApaChai etc.. These are important border gates that help Dien Bien develop economy and enhance trading with other countries.


Economic zones and industrial parks in the province:

According to theplanning up to2015 andorientationup to 2020, Dien Bien will establish anindustrial parkin the city ofDien Bien Phu(the Southeast Industrial park ofDien Bien Phu city) andsevenindustrial clusters: one in thewest of Dien Bien Phu city; one in theeastof Dien Biendistrict; onein the east ofTuan Giao district; one in thesouth ofTua Chua district; one inMuong Laytown; one in Muong Chaand theNaHaiindustrial cluster inDien Bien district).

Detailed plannings have been done for 01 industrial park, 01 cluster (Na Hai); the industrial cluster in the east ofTuan Giao district is under the planning process.



Dien Bien province (Dien Bien Phu city and all districts) are classified as an area with special socio-economic conditions. Hence, investors in this province are entitled to the best incentives and supports according to the2005Law on Investment and other related legal documents such as: corporate income tax, import tax incentives, big depreciation forfixed assets; land use incentives; investment credit and export credit; support for technology transfer, jobtraining, infrastructure development, compensationfor site clearance (Dien Bien province commits to withdraw land, compensate and carry out site clearance before handing land over or leasing land to investors). The province developes infrastructure up to the border of industrial parks and inside economic zones. Investors are also entitled to extra incentives for some specific investment sectors such as: agriculture,ruraldevelopment, forestry, rubber tree farming, etc.

Investment procedures: Investors shall receive guidance on investment procedures and be given priority in administrative procedures handling. Investment registration procedure shall not exceed 7 days. Investment certificate issuance shall not exceed 20 days under the one-stop-servicemechanism. Investors only need to work with Dien Bien Department of Planning and Investment to have investment certificate.


Projectscalling for investment:

- Upgrading of Dien Bien Phu Airport (in Dien Bien Phu City)

- Restoration of historical monuments of Dien Bien Phu (Dien Phu City).

- Business operation in the economic zone of Tay Trang international border gate and HuổiPuoc border gate zone (Dien Bien district. Total area: 90 hectares).

- Collection and treatment of waste in Dien Bien Phu City, Muong Lay town and other districts (capacity:1,000m3/day).

- Mining and processing of ashlar (10.000m2/ year).

- Production of Dien Bien special rice (Dien Bien basin, 5 thousand tons/year).

- Development of Huổi Pha lake Ecological Tourism Zone (investment items: Golf course, Water Park, man-madesea, luxury hotel).




No  Project  Location  Scale (ha)  Investment  Form of investment  Contact 
1 Industrial Park DBP City 60ha   BO  
2 The insfrastructure of Dien Bien Southeast industrial park Dien Bien Phu City 70 ha   BO
3 The urban area along Phuong Nam Thanh River Dien Bien Phu City 22 ha   BO
4 Tuan Giao particleboard plant Tuan Giao District 18.000m3/year   BO
5 Dien Bien No.2 plant of tunnel bricks Ha Nai Industrial Park 15m of bricks/year   BO
6 Cultivation and processing of Shan snow tea 4 Communes: Sin Chai, Ta Sin Thang, Ta Phinh, Sinh Phinh of Tua Chua District 4 Communes: 1000 ha.   BO
7 Cultivation and processing of rubber Districts and Towns of the Province 20.000 ha   BO
8 Cultivation and processing of snow tea in highly mountainous area - Pu Nhi Commune, Eastern Dien Bien District Pu Nhi Commune of Eastern Dien Bien District 500 ha of cultivation, 12 tons/day processed   BO
9 Cultivation and processing of black tea and green tea Along Dien Bien  basin foothill 1000 ha of cultivation, 12 tons/day processed   BO
10 Afforestation for business purposes, construction of forestry products processing plant Districts of the Province Total area: For production forest in the province: 289.000 ha   BO
11 Cultivation, processing and consumption of Muong Nhe Coffee Products 3 Communes: Muong Toong, Muong Nhe, Chung Chai of Muong Nhe District Coffee cultivation: 1000 ha (phase 1)   BO
12 Cultivation and processing of Muong Ang Coffee Muong Ang Intensive cultivation: 300ha; New cultivation: 200ha; processed: 500 tons/year   BO
13 Cultivation and processing of corn and soybean Pu Nhung, Phinh Sang, Ta Ma - Tuan Giao Construction of processing plant with a capacity of 2000 tons/year   BO
14 Cultivation and processing of canned orange juice and pineapple juice Communes in Dien Bien basin area 2000 ha of orange, 1000 ha of pine apple; processed: 2000 tons/year   BO
15 Afforestation for production Within the Province 100.000ha   BO
16 Production of flowers and bonsai Muong Phang Commune, Pu Nhi Commune and Dien Bien basin 500 ha   BO
17 Plant of agricultural products processing in Tua Chua District Sinh Phinh Commune, Tua Chua District, Dien Bien Province 5 million tons/year   BO
18  Khu du lịch thác nước 7 tầng Noong Bua Ward, Dien Bien Phu City 5,0ha   BO


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