Điện Biên Province
|This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the Vietnamese Wikipedia. (March 2013)|
|Dien Bien Province
Tỉnh Điện Biên
|— Province —|
|Nickname(s): Stable Frontier|
|Capital||Điên Biên Phủ|
|• People's Council Chair|
|• People's Committee Chair|
|• Total||9,560 km2 (3,690 sq mi)|
|• Density||46/km2 ( 120/sq mi)|
|• Ethnicities||Vietnamese/Kinh, H'Mông, Dao, Thai|
|Time zone||ICT (UTC+7)|
|ISO 3166 code||VN-71|
Điện Biên ( listen) is a province in northwestern Vietnam. It is bordered by Lai Châu and Sơn La provinces of Vietnam to the east and south, Pu'er City, Yunnan, China, to the north, and Phongsaly Province in Laos to the west.
In the 9th and 10th centuries, the Lự ở Mường Thanh people were the most developed in the area and controlled Sìn Hồ, Mường Lay, and Tuần Giáo.
In the 11th and 12th centuries, Thai people from Mường Ôm and Mường Ai occupied Mường Lò in Nghĩa Lộ and Mường Thanh in Điện Biên. They eventually gained control of the whole area between Mường Lò, Mường Lò and Mường Thanh (Điện Biên).
Điện Biên is a new province which was created by dividing the former Lai Châu Province in early 2004, both themselves were once part of the Lan Xang kingdom, then switched ownership to Vietnam during the French Colonial period. Điện Biên includes all the land to the south of the Đà River (Black River), and New Lai Châu Province includes all the land to the north of the Đà River.
Điện Biên is divided into one city (Điên Biên Phủ), one town (Mường Lay; formerly called Lai Châu), and six districts:
The capital of the province, Điên Biên Phủ, is a world-famous battlefield.
Places in Điện Biên 
- "Điện Biên, tìm về cội nguồn chữ nghĩa" (in Vietnamese). Baodienbienphu.info.vn.
||Yunnan, China||Lai Chau Province|
|Son La Province|
|Phongsaly Province, Laos||Luang Prabang Province, Laos|