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Kaysone Phomvihane

"French colonial architecture along the Mekong River "

Savannakhet Tourism

Savannakhet is a city located on the banks of the Mekong River in Laos. Bordering Thailand, it is the capital of the province of the same name. It is a quiet town, which is mostly used as a stopover by tourists passing into Laos and Thailand, and offers not much for people looking for attractions. 

But this little town has its charm for visitors, including the rich colonial architecture, lovely old Buddhist temples, and a chance to experience the laid-back life along the Mekong including enjoying the beautiful sunsets.

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Places to Visit

That Ing Hang Stupa - That Ing Hang is the 16th-century stupa and is one of the sacred stupas Laos. It is where the Boun Pha ceremony takes every year in December when many Buddhists travel to this holy site. You can reach the stupa by renting a motorbike for about 20,000 LAK or taking a Tuk-Tuk for about 50,000 LAK for a return trip for a group of 4 or 5 people. The entrance fee is 5000 LAK per person.

Beung Va Lake - It is a small but lovely lake worth visiting and is located on the way to That Ing Hang Stupa.

Wat Xayaphoum - Wat Xayaphoum is a prominent 6th-century Buddhist temple located in the centre of the city along the bank of the Mekong river. It also houses an institute for young monks. It is the venue for The Lao New Year celebration or Pee Mai Lao and boat racing festival or Boun Suang Huea.

Savannakhet Provincial Museum - The city museum that has a rich collection of exhibits covering the history of the province in-depth, including archaeological excavations and ancient weapons used in civil wars.

Dinosaur Museum - The only museum dedicated to a dinosaur in Laos, the collections include bone fossils excavated from the nearby Xonbouly district. The remains belong to three species of dinosaur including Pode, Iguanodon and Sauropoda. The museum opens every day between 1 PM to 4:30 PM and costs 10,000 LAK per person for entry.

French colonial architecture - The most notable buildings depicting colonial French Style include the Catholic Church and the central plaza. The house of former Laotian leader Kaysone Phomvihane is also rich in architecture influenced by French architectural styles.

Nong Lom Lake - Home to Dong Natad forest, Nong Lom is a small but famous lake known for butterflies and birds watching.

Dong Phou Vieng and The Phou Xang National Protected Area - Two national parks which are well preserved and are home to elephants, tigers, rare species of birds, deer and bears.


  • There are limited ATMs near the attractions and in the town.
  • It is better to carry sufficient cash.
  • Accommodation options are limited in the town and can get booked during the peak season.
  • It is recommended to book hotels and guesthouses in advance.

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What is famous about Savannakhet?

Savannakhet is an ideal place to stop over for many tourists going in and out of Thailand. The town gives an introduction of Laos with its temples, French colonial architecture and the Mekong river cruises.

What is not so good about Savannakhet?

As Laos offers plenty of destinations to experience for travelers, most foreign travelers skip Savannakhet as it has nothing to offer in terms of attractions. Its location is also not favourable except for those crossing borders overland.

Who should visit Savannakhet?

Savannakhet is ideal for all kinds of travelers including solo, couples or families. Nature lovers will enjoy spending time in the town.

What is the best time to visit Savannakhet?

The best time to visit Savannakhet is between October and February. The weather is not hot, and the humidity is less during these months. It is a great time to be outdoors in the city.  Boat trips and swimming in the lakes are quite popular during this time since the sunsets and sunrises are fantastic at this time. From late February, summer sets in slowly with March to May being the hottest months. Monsoon begins in late July and lasts until September, with the city witnessing landslides and floods. 
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What is the best way to reach Savannakhet?

By Flight - There are direct flights from Vientiane, Pakse and also from Bangkok to Savannakhet. Laos Airlines is the only carrier operating in this route.

By Bus - There are regular, VIP and mini buses from Vientiane to Savannakhet. The journey takes about 10 to 11 hours and costs between 10 to 35 USD per person. The buses can be booked at your hotel or guesthouse. Buses are also available from nearby towns including Thakhek, Pakse and Si Phan Don. They take about 4 to 6 hours and cost between 10 to 20
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What are the things to do in Savannakhet?

The top things to do in Savannakhet are Wat Xayaphoum, Savannakhet Night Market, Phonsavanh Temple, Dong Notad Forest, Eglise Saint Therese, Savannakhet Dinosaur Museum. You can see all the places to visit in Savannakhet here

What are the places near Savannakhet?

The top places near to Savannakhet are Vientiane which is 274 km from Savannakhet, Luang prabang which is located 459 km from Savannakhet, Si phan don which is located 109 km from Savannakhet, Nong khiaw which is located 184 km from Savannakhet, Siem reap which is located 373 km from Savannakhet

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