Master plan approved to develop northwest national tourism area
Update: Aug 26, 2015
The Prime Minister has approved a master plan for the development of the Dien Bien Phu - Pa Khoang national tourism area in northern Dien Bien province by 2020.

The objective is to turn Dien Bien - Pa Khoang into a tourism hotspot that meets the standards for a national tourism area by 2020.

According to the plan, the 2,500-hectare tourism area will have all necessary infrastructure systems by 2030 and offer visitors insight into the northwest culture alongside signature tours linking the legendary Dien Bien Phu battlefield, Pa Khoang Lake and Muong Phang forest.

It is part of efforts to boost tourism and socio-economic development in the province as well as the midlands and mountain areas of northern Vietnam.

The tourist area targets to welcome about 1.5 million visitors by 2030, including around 500,000 international travellers, generating more than 5 trillion VND (nearly 222 million USD) and creating employment opportunities for approximately 30,000 local residents.

The province will develop a wide range of tourism products including history-culture tours, eco-tours, community-based tours and festival tours.

In addition, transnational tours linking Dien Bien Phu and Laos, Thailand, Myanmar and other ASEAN countries will be designed via Tay Trang and Huoi Puoc Na Son international border gates.