As March comes, the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien is blanketed with white Ban flowers. It’s also the time for the annual festival named after the most beautiful flower in the region.

For Thai ethnic people in the northwest region, the Ban flower is a symbol of pure and faithful love between a couple Ban and Khum.

From romantic love story, the flower has come into the spiritual and cultural life of Thai people in the region and Dien Bien in particular. 

Many streets in the area including Vo Nguyen Giap, Nguyen Huu Tho and Him Lam are covered with Ban flowers, attracting thousands of visitors. 

The sixth Ban Flower Festival will run from March 13-18. The festival is expected to contribute to strengthening the tourism brand name of Dien Bien.

Notably, the locality has deployed technical methods to help the flowers bloom on time during the festival./.