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Savannakhet is located in the south of Laos on the banks of the Mekong River, neighboring Thailand and Vietnam. Its name originally comes from Savanh Nakhone, meaning ‘City of Paradise’. Savannakhet is approximately a six to seven-hour drive from Vientiane. The road trip is an opportunity to view the Mekong River scenery and the spectacular hills along the way. On the other hand, the city can also be reached via the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge from Mukdahan, Thailand.
Kaysone Phomvihane, the capital province, was named to honour the greatest leader of Laos (its former name was Khanthabouli). Savannakhet is the second largest city of Laos and home to various ethnic groups including Laotian, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese and more. The city features a number of tourist attractions like the famous sacred Buddhist site - That Ing Hang Stupa and most the town's architecture is French Colonial. There are some small restaurants and cafés alongside the Mekong River downtown, and even in smaller villages upriver. The National Provincial Protected Area at Dong Natad is one of the 20 national protected land parcels in this province. A large tract of tropical monsoon forest hosting many ethnic minority groups, this area has a diverse wildlife population and offers eco-tours for Nature lovers.
Although, Savannakhet and its surrounding areas have not developed as rapidly and prosperously as Vientiane and Luang Prabang, it is one of the country’s most popular provinces for communication and commerce. The province acts as a commercial buffer zone between Thailand and Vietnam and is a very active location for trade between neighboring countries. Moreover, Savannakhet represents Laos' only Special Economic Zone (SEZ) or the Savan-Seno.
Savannakhet Province is situated in the middle of the country and the largest province (21,774 square km), being bordered by Vietnam to the East, Thailand to the West, Khammouan Province to the North and Salavan Province to the South. 60% of land is covered by forests. Savannakhet Province consists of 15 districts namely; Kaisone Phomvihanh, Xayphouthong, Outhoumphone, Phalanxay, Atsaphangthong, Phine, Sepon, Nong, Virabouly, Songkhone, Champhone, Thapangthong, Xonnabouly, Xaybouly, and Atsaphone.
By Bus
1. International Bus:
From Thailand: Buses depart from the Mukdahan Bus Station. The bus will stop at the border check point to stamp your visa/passport. You can ride from the border checkpoint too.It may take about 1 hour including immigration to Savannakhet Bus Station.
From Vietnam: Buses depart from the Lao Bao border, Dong Ha (on even day only), Quang Tri, Hue(Monday, Wednesday and Friday), Danang and Hanoi (Saturday and Sunday only). It may take about  5 hour from the Loa Bao border to Savannakhet Bus Station.
2. Domestic Bus:
From Vientiane: From the Vientiane capital, there are two types of buses  to Savannaakhet; seven public buses and one VIP bus with toilet and air condition. Both types depart from the Southern Bus Station in Vientiane every day. It may take  about 8-9 hours to Savannakhet Bus Station.
From Pakse: From Pakse, Night public buses depart from bus station in Pakse. It may take  about 4-5 hours to Savannakhet Bus Station.
By Car
From Vientian Capital: From Vientian Capital, take 'Route No. 13 South' south via Paksan, Tha Khek and Seno to Savannakhet for a total distance of 457 kilometers. It may take about 6-7 hours to Savannakhet.
From Dansavan-LaoBao(Vietnam): From Dansavan-LaoBao, take Route No. 09 via Sepon, Phine, Phalanxay, Seno to Savannakhet for a total distance of 241 kilometers. It may take about 4-5 hours to Savannakhet.
From Mukdahan (Thailand): From Mukdahan, cross the Second FriendShip Bridge. Stop at the border checkpoint to stamp your visa/passport. It may take  about 1 hour to Savannakhet including immigration.
From Pakse: From Pakse, take 'Route No. 13 South' nouth via Salavan to Savannakhet for a total distance of 247 kilometers. It may take about 2-3 hours to Savannakhet.
By Air
From Vientiane: Three flights fly to Savannakhet in a week; Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. It takes about 1 hour to Savannakhet. Call Lao Airline in Vientiane (021)212 051-54 for more information
From Lung Prabang: Two flights fly to Savannakhet in a week; Thursday and Sunday. It take about 1 hour and 30 min to Savannakhet. Call Lao Airline in Lung Prabang (071)212 173 for more information.
From Bangkok: Three flights fly to Savannakhet in a week; Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. It takes about 1 hour and 20 min to Savannakhet. Call Lao Airline in Bangkok (Thailand); 006621342007-9 for more information.
By Ferry Boat
From Mukdahan (Thailand): Boats cross the Mekong river from the Mukdahan ferry pier in Thailand to Savannakhet. Unfortunatelly only local people with the border pass  can use the boat.
That  Ing Hang ("Ing Hang Stupa")
This is a sacred stupa and reportedly the burial site for one of Buddha’s bones. It is an important place for Buddhists and is registered as a National Treasure of Lao PDR. It was built about 450 years ago by the King Marukhanakhone to commemorate the Buddha's visit to the site in the past. Buddha is believed to have delivered a sermon to people at the site and later took a rest under the “Hang”  tree. This is the reason why the stupa is called That Ing Hang. the annual festival is held every November (exact date varies according to the lunar calendar.See event and festival page). That Ing Hang is located in  Ban that("That village"). The easiest way to get there is to head out along Route 9 for about 12km and lelt by a police box, and then drive straight for about another 3km and you will come directly to That Ing Hang. There is a slightly shorter way along back-roads and this is sign-posted from the outskirts of Savannakhet.
Women are required to wear a traditional Sin (Lao Skirt) in order to enter the site. These are available next to the entrance. You need to pay for entry fee, its open daily from 8 a.m to 6 p.m.
Wat  Xayaphoum ( “Xayaphoum Temple “)
The old city pagoda was built at the same time as Tha Hae village in 1542 BC and has been substantially improved since the beginning of the 20th century. Located in the center of the city along the bank of the Mekong River in Ban Xayaphoum, it is a beautiful building built in the original Savannakhet style. The temple area includes the monks’ living quarters and the monastery. Pee Mai Lao (The Lao  New Year Celebration) and Boun Suang Huea (“boat racing festival”) following Buddhist Lent are held here. It open daily from 8 a.m to 6 p.m.
Wat Lattanalangsy (“Lattanalangsy Temple”)
Wat  Lattanalangsy was built on a former rice field, hence villagers also refer it as Wat Thong (rice field temple).
Mekong River Bank
Mekong River Bank will give you a great view of local life. From the fishermen bringing in the daily catch, to market gardens and local restaurants selling a wide variety of foods and drinks, there are plenty of things to see. With Thailand just across the river a stroll along the Mekong banks, especially around sunset, is a must.
The Savannakhet Dinosaur Museum
This is a houses of dinosaur fossils or big lizard bones’ as called in Lao. They were excavated from Ban Tang Vay ("Tang Vay Village"), in Xonbouly District. Three kinds of dinosaur bones have been discovered; pode, Iguanodon and Sauropode. The museum open daily from 8 a.m - 11:30 p.m and 13:30 p.m - 16:30 p.m.
Savannakhet Provincial Museum
This is a typical administration building during the French colonial period. It has recently been renovated to be the New Provincial Museum (Open: Monday - Friday, 08:30 - 11:30 - 13:30-16:00). There are many interesting items such as archaeological selics, war selated itens iacluding big guus, dombs, etc and historical photos.
Old French colonial buildings
Old French Style buildings can readily be seen in the central city area,especially around the Catholic Church and the central plaza. These buildings are heritages from the French colonisation of Laos in the mid 20th century. Most buildings are private properties and thus can only be viewed from the outside.
Memorial Persident Kaysone Phomvihanh
This is the house of former President Kaysone Phomvihanh who was born in Savannakhet in 1920. He served as the first Prime Minister of Lao PDR from 1975 to 1991, and then as the second President until his death in 1992. While the building is not open to the public, it can be viewed from the outside.
Savanxay Market
This is the main market of Savannakhet City. There is a wide variety of goods on sale including local products as well as imported Thai and Vietnamese foods, along with a wide selection of souvenirs. The market is open daily from 6 a.m to about 5 p.m everyday. Songtheaws (Local buses using pick-up trucks with 2 benches in the back) use this market as the focal point for arrivals and departures to neighbouring towns and provinces. It open daily from 6 a.m to 6 p.m.
One District One Product (ODOP) Handicraft Shop
This is located at 6 KM  post along rout No 9. This shop is a showcase of products from the One District One Product (ODOP) project and includes a wide variety of handicrafts made from bamboo, hardwood, cotton and silver from around the country and this is a great place to look for souvenir.
Bungva (“Va  Lake”)
This is the largest lake lying in the outskirts of the Savannakhet City. Along the lake shore, several restaurants have opened up and some provide gazebos (small covered platforms) where you can enjoy lunch or a cold beer Lao while enjoying beautiful scenery or even rent pedalos to get out onto the lake. The lake is a perfect stop before or after visiting That Ing Hang(“Ing Hang Stupa”). To find the lake, head out eastwards from the Savannakhet City for about  12km - it is also sign - posted from the edge of the city. While there are two ways out to That Ing Hang, the lake lies along the way of the shorter option for getting there. The restaurants are open daily from 9am to 9pm.
Muangkao Phonesim ("Phonesim Village and The Old Ruins")
According to legend, an old town was founded here in current Phonesim in 1577 during the reign of the King Fa Ngum who later united the Lane Xang Kingdom. Migrating south-eastwards from Northern Vietnam, Savannakhet’s ancestors settled here and named the town in Ban Luang Phonsim "Phonsim village" after the name of their leader Luang and his wife Sim. The name of the village  has been shortned to Ban Phonsim. The ruins of the original settlement can still been atop a hill surrounded by bamboo forest. You can see the foundations of a pagoda and the old phonsim town wall. From That Ing Hang, go east for about 3km to the village.  The ruins are located about 2 km from the village, and are best experienced through one of the Eco-Guides’ trekking tours which can also include an overnight home stay in the village.
Nongtao (“Turtle Lake”)
This lake was originally constructed for rice paddy irrigation and is now home to beautiful lotus blooms, bathing water buffalos, migratory birds and local people working in the paddy fields. Unfortunately, the lake no longer contains turtles though. From That Ing Hang (“Ing Hang stupa”) through Ban Phonesim (“Phonesim village”), continue along the same road for about 3km and you will see the lake which is sign-posted on your right-hand side. The site is always open, but it is recommended to visit between 8 a.m and 6 p.m.
Dong Natad Provincial Protected Area and Nong Lom Lake
Dong Natad Provincial Protected Area extends to 8,300  hectares. In the centre of the forest, there is a beautiful lake called Nong Lom where you can observe wild birds like teal, butterflies and rare plants. Parking spaces are provided at the entrance to the forest along the road to That Ing Hang. To get there, head towards That Ing Hang and  you will see a sign-posts on your left-hand side approximately 1km before reaching That Ing Hang. One of the best way to see both the protected area and Nong Lom Lake is on an Eco-Guides trekking.
Ban Nateuy (“Nateuy Village”) and Salt Factory
Ban Nateuy is a typical village on the outskirts of Savannakhet City. Local people cultivate various fruits, vegetables and other crops. They also raise livestock and collect forest products. In the village, a salt factory has been in operation since 1978. The salt is made from the pure underground water whose salt content is even higher than sea water. Since hygiene and safety controls are in place, you can only visit the factory by prior appointment. To reach Nateuy village from Savannakhet City, head south-east on Route No.9, turning left after 15 km and proceeding another 3 km. If you would like to make an appointment to see the factory, please contact the Iodized Table Salt Company on 041 212255.
Dinosaur Footprints
The “Kaeng Louang” Rapids are a branch of the Mekong River and lie just a few hundred metres from Phalanxay Town. During the dry season you can see more than 10 dinosaur footprints that have been preserved in the rock that makes up the riverbed. Phalanxay town is about 100km from Savannakhet City along Route No.9.
Lao-Vietnamese monument
This War Memorial was built in 1990 to commemorate the Lao and Vietnamese soldiers who fought in the battle for the national democratic revolution of Laos. Situated in Ban Dong, close to the Phine city on the Route No.9, the war memorial is approximately 161km from Savannakhet City. However you can only see the memorial from outside of the fences.
Tad Hai Bridge
Over the Xe Bang Heing ("Bang Hieng River"), the bridge was built in 1942. It was designed by Mr. Souphanouvong who became the first President of Lao PDR in 1975. It was destroyed by the American bombing in 1967. You can still see the huge broken bridge lying on the riverbed. From Phine city, go south on the Route 23 for about 30km.
Kaeng Sammataek ("Sammataek Rapids")
These beautiful rapids on the Xe Bang Hieng are a popular recreation ground in dry season. Along the riverside, you can see many craters left from the air bombardment by the Americans during the Indochina War.
Dong Phou Vieng National Protected Area
The area covers more than 1,970 sq. km. This National Protected Area features plenty of greenery and wild life. 31 villages of ethnic minorities are located in the area. It is a perfect ecotourism site as well as a biodiversity preserve. Trekking and home stays in the villages can be arranged during the dry season. The area is located about 5km from Phine city.
Lamson Battle Field and WarMuseum
The historic Ho Chi Minh Trail ran through  Dong Village, on Route No.9, close to the Lao-Bao border checkpoint to Vietnam. Here remnants of American tanks and warplanes from the famous battle of “Lamson 719” (1971) can be seen. Bomb craters are also a common sight in Sepon alongside Route 9. At  Dong village a war museum is being constructed. To get to  Dong village head east from Sepon town on Route 9 and about 22km away on your right side.
Sepon Waterfalls
There are three waterfalls located close to each other. Salene Waterfall is the highest (80m) and the most easily accessible. The other 2 waterfalls are Sadee Waterfall and Sakhoe Waterfall. Head along Route 9, 22km east of Sepon town, turn left at Ban Dong Noy, onto a laterite road through the jungle and streams and after about 25 km you come across them.
Ban Sepon Kao ("Old Sepon village")
This name literally means “Old Sepon Village” and is located a few kilometres east of Sepon town. The village is located on the riverside and retains a sense of the past. The destroyed bank entrance is eloquent testimony of the past war.
The old temple at Ban That
This temple forms the basis of a valuable archaeological site. The pit, well and temple are made of ancient bricks, each measuring 23cm×11cm×6cm. This old temple is situated at  That village, Kok Thong and  Na Tue village. Stone artifacts such as jars and axes, earthen pipes and bowls, copper knives, pots  have been excavated from here and are now national treasures. From Vilabouly town, head east on Route 28A for about 4km, before turn left and go another 2km.
Phalong Waterfall
Phalong Waterfall is located in the Phou Xang Hae National Protected Area. The waterfall is beautiful and easily accessible. the tourists can access by road number 9,turn left then continue by road number 28 A then arrived 39 km then turn left 2,5 km you can hear sound of the voice of waterfall, this waterfall  from the top 35 mats.
Lao Silk-Conton Weaving Centre
Lao Silk- Conton Weaving Centre located in Ban  Nongkadeang , Vilabouly District; This centre has a lot of products such as bags, shirt, Lao skirt and Lao silk. The center has a training centre where they like how to mix indigo, weaving, spining, and tailor. They export their products to Japan. This centre is supported by Sepon Copper Mine Company.
That Nang Lao (“Nang Lao Stupa”)
This stupa was built during the reign of Nang Lao, the serving girl of the last king of Vientiane. Nang Lao was  the governor of Muong Vang. The stupa area extends to 8 square km, the stupa is 13 m high and 12 meters wide at the base. Built of brick, it has been abandoned for more than 300 years. Villagers regard it as a magic stupa.
Hortay Pidok (“Ancient Buddhist Scripts Library “)
This is an impressive old structure originally built in the 17th century. It is the most important repository of palm leaf books written in Burmese Pali, Khmer and ancient Lao alphabets in Laos. There are currently 4,000 books containing 361 different stories. The books are maintained in good condition by monks and novices, as well as the local people. Located in Ban Nonglam Chanh, from Savannakhet city you need to take Route 11 to the east for about 55km. Once you reach the town of Ban Kengkok, continue east for another 7km to Ban Taleo before turning left and heading north for another 16km.
Nong Papha ("Turtle Lake")
This is a natural lake in Ban Donedeng ( “Donedeng village “). It is believed that ghosts in the spiritual house protect the turtles in the lake. There are many turtles of different sizes and ages living in the lake and they can easily be seen. Local residents also sell food that you can feed the turtles with. Also locally made turtle-shaped key holders are sold in front of the entrance. From Savannakhet City you need to take Route 11 to the east for about 55km. Once you reach the town of Ban Kengkok (“kengkok village”), continue east for another 7km to Ban Taleo, from there turn right and continue for another 5km.
Wat Taleo Kao (“Old Taleo Temple”)
This temple is named Taleo Kao, meaning ‘eagle eye’, as local people have seen a mystery circle resembling an eagle eye appearing near by. This temple is very different from normal Lao temples in terms of French colonial style architecture. The sculpture at the front of the chapel was heavily destroyed by US bombing on the 20th November 1969.
Dong Ling (“Monkey Forest”)
This is a sacred forest located in Ban Dong Muong - covering more than 3 hectares .It is a monkey kingdom! The monkeys can be divided into three groups. The first group are used to humans and might even ask for food from people passing by!
The second group usually stays in the spirit houses, while the third group generally gets food at the temple. Why not try to spot the three different groups! It's best to visit the Monkey Forest in the dry season. From Savannakhet city, take Route No. 9B,47km south to Ban Nakhou, turn left and after about 6.3km you will be at Ban Dongdokmay. Turn right there and carry on for another 12.6km.
Fay Soui (“Irrigation”)
This is a large irrigation lake used in the dry season to enable additional rice cultivation, as well as the growing of vegetables and other food plants. Since its dam is stair-shaped, it resembles a small waterfall when the rainy season starts. There are many islands in the lake and it is rich in beautiful lotus blooms, fish, animals and migratory birds (such as the white stork). In the dry season, local people catch fish and snails to offer visitors, and you can taste these and other local foods on the lakeside. From Savannakhet city, take Route 9B 47km south to Ban Nakhou, turn left and after about 6.3km you will be at Ban Dongdokmai. Turn right there and carry on for another 6.8 km.
Kang Kong Phanang (“Kong Phanang Rapid“)
This is one of the natural wonders of the Mekong River featuring huge stones and natural caves. A walking path is provided for visitors during the dry season. From Savannakhet City, take Route 13 south  about 70km, turn right at Ban Pakxong, and continue for another 25km. The site located 500m from the road by the Mekong River.
That Oumoung ("Oumoung Stupa")
This is a beautiful square-shaped stupa, located in Ban Lahakok and was built between 1940 and 1950. While in general it resembles That Ing Hang, the top of the stupa is unique with its banana flower ornamentation. The stupa is a worthwhile stop for some interesting photographs. There is a festival held annually in February (exact date varies according to the lunar calendar). From Savannakhet City, take Route 13 south for about 70km, turn left at Ban Pakxong, and after 5km turn left at the T-shaped intersection. The stupa is on the left after another 2km and is open daily from 8am to 4pm.
Laha Cotton Weaving in Ban Laha Num
In Ban Laha Num ("Laha Num Village"), traditional Phoutai cotton weaving is practiced and every household in the village has a loom. Some workshops produce naturally-dyed cotton by using materials such as bark and leaves. Most of the woven products are sent to Savannakhet City and Vientiane Capital for sale. However, you can purchase the products at several shops and houses in the village. From Savannakhet City, take Route 13 south for about 70km, turn left at Ban Pakxong, and after 5km turn left at the T-shaped intersection. The village is on the right 4km along the road.
Tham Phaseng(“Phaseng Cave”)
The legend of Tham Phaseng tells battles of tigers and snakes. Tiger footprints have been seen and there are also many caves inhabited by bats. A stone statue of Buddha was also found in one of the caves, proving the place to be one of the most sacred sites in the region. A rocket festival accompanied by local dancing is held annually in May (exact date varies according to the lunar calendar). To reach Tham Phaseng, 19 km south from Song Khon town along Route13.
That Phonh ("Phonh Stupa")
This stupa is said to date back to the 16th century and has sacred links with That Phanom in Thailand. An annual festival is held during the full moon days in February. From Savannakhet city take Route 9B south to Ban Lak 35 and continue on for another 3km before turning right. Continue onwards for 18km before turning left. The Stupa is 3km down this road and open daily from 8 a.m to 6 p.m.
Heun Hin (“Stone House”)
Hean Hin literally means "Stone House" and is believed to have been one of the 121 rest houses constructed by King Jayavarman VII (1181-1218) along the roads which once connected every corner of the Khmer Empire. Therefore, it shares similar characteristics with Wat Phou in Champasak and Phimai Temple in Thailand. An annual festival is held in the full moon night in April. From Savannakhet city take Route 9B south to Ban Lak 35 and continue a further 3km before turning right. After 10km you will reach Xaiphoutoung town, turn left There and about 16km along the Mekong River you will come to the house which is open daily from 8 a.m to 4 p.m.
Savannakhets, stands Laos’ only Special Economic Zone (SEZ) or the Savan-Seno. At the borders where Savannakhet bridges with Mukdahan (Thailand) is a large active junction where ethnic minority people from the two countries trade.
Along the main roads in the city, there are many small shops offering a wide variety of products. Highlights are craft, art, antiques, fabrics, silverwares, hill-tribe products, and Laotian coffee. There are also several fresh markets in Savannakhet, another where one can observe a local lifestyle.
Savanxay Market
Around 100 meters to the east of the bus station, Savanxay market is big and interesting place to visit. Besides selling fresh greens and meats, visitors will also find plenty of opportunities to enjoy inexpensive prepared food during the daytime. There are also some pleasant stalls selling handicraft products.
Dao Heuang Duty Free Shop
Dao Heuang Duty Free offers chocolates, liquor, cigarettes and Cuban cigars and some basic household electricity products. Shoppers will also find a wide variety of Dao Coffee products - the largest coffee producers in Laos. Some handicrafts, hill-tribe products, silverware and jewellery can also be found here at reasonable prices.
Singapore Market
Better not to expect any Singaporean products, because most of the goods here are imported from Thailand, Vietnam and China. This four-storey market is owned by a Singaporean and is the biggest market in Savannakhet. Singapore Market also sells vegetables, fresh fish and meats, locally famous pork sauces and household products.
Savannakhet Market
Savannakhet Market, another big fresh market, is frequented by ethnic minority people from the countryside as well as those from the town. It sells similar products to the Singapore Market.


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