Vietnam festival tour with the Ban flower festival in Dien Bien

The Ban (Bauhinia Variegata) Flower Festival, which is known as the Xen Ban Festival, is held by Thai people (an ethnic group of Vietnam) in the northwestern region of Vietnam. This festival is scheduled to begin in March (the second lunar month) in the northern province of Dien Bien city and plays an important role in Vietnam festival tour.

The Ban Flower Festival 2015 in Dien Bien City

The Ban Flower Festival 2015 in Dien Bien City

In the Thai language, “Xen” means worship and “Ban” means village. This festival is a way to show sincere respect and thankful gratitude of people in Vietnam to their ancestors as well as to pray for a comfortable life, favorable weather, abundant crops, peace, and happiness.

In details, the Ban Flower Festival 2018 will take place from March 17 to March 19 at Dien Bien Province. There are so many attractive traditional folk activities with the northwestern ethnic group's character. The new feature of this year festival is the characteristic costume performances among many ethnic minorities in all regions of northwestern Vietnam.

Ethnic minorities in northwestern Vietnam

Ethnic minorities in northwestern Vietnam

Especially, the Ban Flower Festival will be so amazing due to many activities like the opening ceremony, traditional street parades, cultural exhibitions of tourism products of ethnic groups.

Day Gay

Day gay – a typical folk game of ethnic groups

By the way, many types of sports competitions, as well as folk games with prizes like xe dap tho (bicycle which is arranged for carrying goods), keo co (tug of war), ca kheo (walking on stilts), day gay… will be organized. Therefore, we can say the Ban Flower Festival is one of the tourist attractions in Vietnam.

Scientifically known as Bauhinia Variegata, the white-purple Ban flower, which often blossoms in Spring, is typical to the northwestern mountainous region of Vietnam. Ban flower with its charming scent is the flower of luck and kindness.

Therefore, the Ban Flower Festival 2018 in Dien Bien City is a good chance to boost local tourism, promote cultural tourism products, introduce the traditional culture of many ethnic minorities of Vietnam as well as bringing cultural essences and specialties of the northwestern mountainous region to tourists.


Here is the schedule of the Ban Flower Festival in 2018. Those who will have Vietnam tours to Dien Bien in March shouldn't miss this opportunity.

1. The ceremony opening and musical program:

  • Time: 20:00 – March 17, 2018
  • Place: Square 7/5 in Dien Bien City

2. Dien Bien ethnic groups’ traditional costume contest:

  • Time: 20:00 – March 18, 2018
  • Place: Square 7/5 in Dien Bien City

3. Exhibitions and advertising activities for travel products and traditional culture of ethnic groups:

  • Time: from March 16 to March 20, 2018
  • Place: Square 7/5 in Dien Bien City

4. Sports competitions as well as folk games with rewards:

Football mini version league:

  • Time: March 9 to March 13, 2018
  • Place: Dien Bien City Stadium

Folk games: tung con, tu lu, keo co, day gay, ca kheo

  • Time: March 17 to March 19, 2018
  • Place: Square 7/5 in Dien Bien City

Xe dap tho (bicycle which is arranged for carrying goods)

  • Time: March 13 in the morning
  • Place: Along a way to Dien Bien Phu Victory Monument

5. The Ban Festival 2018 musical program:

  • Time: 20:00 to 21:15 – March 13, 2018
  • Place: Square 7/5 in Dien Bien City

6. Other Activities (from January to May 2018 )

Boat-race (boat that has a tail looks like a swallow ‘s tail)

  • Time: December 31, 2017, to January 1, 2018
  • Place: Muong Lay Town

Hoa Anh Dao (Cherry Blossom) – Pa Khoang – Dien Bien event:

  • Time: January 5 to January 7, 2018
  • Place: Dao Hoa – Ho Pa Khoang, Pa Khoang Commune, Dien Bien District

Thanh Ban Phu festival:

  • Time: April 9 to April 10, 2018
  • Place: Thanh Ban Phu, Noong Het Commune, Dien Bien District

Xen Muong Thanh festival:

  • Time: March 2018 (lunar calendar)
  • Place: Dien Bien District