Lai Chau Province

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Forming the northwestern corner of Vietnam, Lai Chau Province has international borders with Laos to the south and China to the northwest. Lao Cai Province is on its northern side and Son La Province on its east.

Its capital was Lai Chau City, but was changed, for political significance, to Dien Bien Phu City in 1993, as the Battle of Dien Bien Phu took place nearby. Dien Bien airport now handles domestic flights by commuter jets in northern Vietnam, with flights among Gia Lam airport in Hanoi, Vinh airport in Nghe An Province and Na San airport in Song La Province, all historic names from the Vietnam War.