Explore Pa Khoang – The Biggest Lake in Dien Bien Province

Pa Khoang Lake is the biggest reservoir in Dien Bien province, encompassed by stunning natural landscapes and offering a rejuvenating climate and lush greenery.


Pa Khoang Lake is situated in Muong Phang and Pa Khoang communes (Dien Bien Phu City, Dien Bien province). It is a reservoir with a capacity of 41 million m3, making it the largest lake in Dien Bien province.

From a distance, Pa Khoang Lake reflects the serene blue sky, its surface undisturbed as if untouched by natural forces. Photo: Zingnews

In addition to providing irrigation for 5,000 ha of Muong Thanh field with 2 rice crops, Pa Khoang Lake helps regulate the climate, mitigate the adverse effects of rain and flood, and store water for two hydroelectric projects called Thac Bay and Na Loi. The forest surrounding the lake, with its diverse vegetation, is teeming with various species of animals and flora and fauna in the lake bed.

In the Thai language, Pa Khoang means “bamboo forest.” In the past, this picturesque lake was surrounded by many bamboo trees. Today, it has transformed into a charming destination in Dien Bien.

From a distance, Pa Khoang Lake reflects the serene blue sky, its surface undisturbed as if untouched by natural forces. A visit to this enchanting destination not only reveals the majestic beauty bestowed upon the lake by nature but also evokes an immediate sense of tranquility that permeates the traveler’s soul.

With the advantage of diverse vegetation, the forest around the lake is teeming with various species of animals and flora and fauna in the lake bed. Photo: Zingnews

Spanning a vast surface area of 400 to 600ha, Pa Khoang showcases a charming scenery of pretty stilt houses reflected in the pristine waters, which are gently traversed by small boats. Pa Khoang Reservoir offers ideal conditions for a combination of eco-tourism and outdoor activities.

This lake maintains a cool temperature throughout the year, around 28 degrees Celsius, making it highly suitable for eco-tourism activities. Visitors can approach it via Highway 279 through Muong Phang commune.

When visiting Pa Khoang Lake in Dien Bien, tourists can enjoy a boat ride around the lake. Small boats will ferry them across the ripples to explore the beautiful and refreshing natural world, allowing them to admire the lake bed, gaze at the clouds, and savor the cool air.

The lake is surrounded by a garden of peach blossom trees. Photo: Zingnews

This lake’s beauty transcends all four seasons. In summer, its surface appears blue like a giant mirror reflecting the clouds in the sky. In winter, it is veiled in a layer of mist, resembling a dreamlike and whimsical watercolor painting. Early morning visitors can capture stunning photographs while exploring this captivating lake.

Furthermore, the attraction of this enchanting scenery lies in the small islands and peninsulas protruding from the middle of the lake. Boating through the lake, visitors will feel as if they have stumbled upon a beautiful bay. Perhaps this is the reason why many liken this place to “Ha Long Bay on land.”

Traversing lush tropical forests adorned with diverse flora and fauna, tourists will stumble upon a village where the indigenous people radiate friendliness and hospitality. Upon entering this welcoming land, they will be greeted with warm and sincere smiles, fostering a sense of belonging. Indulge in delectable local cuisine, served with care and warmth, further enhancing the feeling of being an integral part of this enchanting place.

The lake is adorned with small islands and peninsulas. Photo: Zingnews

During winter, a mystical fog shrouds the lake, transforming it into a mesmerizing mirror. To experience Pa Khoang Lake at its most enchanting, travelers can visit during the spring days of January, when the cherry blossom trees are in full bloom, extending their beauty for hundreds of meters around the lake.

With its cool and fresh climate, Pa Khoang becomes an ideal destination for eco-tourism, sports, and relaxation. (Photo: Zingnews)
Charlotte Pho