Điện Biên Province

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Điện Biên Province
Tỉnh Điện Biên
Province
Mường Ảng district
Mường Ảng district
Nickname(s): Stable frontier
Location of Điên Biên within Vietnam
Location of Điên Biên within Vietnam
Coordinates: 21°23′N 103°1′E / 21.383°N 103.017°E / 21.383; 103.017Coordinates: 21°23′N 103°1′E / 21.383°N 103.017°E / 21.383; 103.017
Country  Vietnam
Region Northwest
Capital Điên Biên Phủ
Area
 • Total 9,560 km2 (3,690 sq mi)
Population (2004)
 • Total 440,800
 • Density 46/km2 (120/sq mi)
Demographics
 • Ethnicities Vietnamese/Kinh, H'Mông, Dao, Thai
Time zone ICT (UTC+7)
Area codes 215
ISO 3166 code VN-71
Website www.dienbien.gov.vn

Điện Biên (About this sound listen) is a province in the Northwest region of 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.

History[edit]

The province's name derives from Sino-Vietnamese after stolen from Lanxang kingdom"", meaning "stable frontier".[1] Dien Bien has various ancient monuments including the caves Thẩm Khương, as well as Thẩn Búa in Tuần Giáo. The original settlers were the ai Lao or Tai people which is a direct ancestor of Lao people in Laos today. name of villages or towns are still using Lao word eg: Mường(city), Tham(cave)

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, Tai (not Thai of Thailand) people from Mường Ôm and Mường Ai occupied Mường Lò in Nghĩa Lộ and Mường Thenh in Điện Biên. They eventually gained control of the whole area between Mường Lò, Mường Lò and Mường Thanh (Điện Biên).

Administrative divisions[edit]

Điện Biên is subdivided into 10 district-level sub-divisions:

  • 8 districts:

They are further subdivided into 5 commune-level towns (or townlets), 116 communes, and 9 wards.

Places in Điện Biên[edit]

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