Savannakhet provincial capital was once known as “the city of Paradise”, its meaning of original name of the province as we see today. Located on the banks of Mekong river, Savannakhet province has bridged Laos with Vietnam and Thailand. The town is very active for trading between countries. For tourists, it is worthy of visiting its old French colonial architecture and trekking into the province.
The province has the city with the same name, Savannakhet, is the second largest city in Laos after Vientiane. The Mekong river running through province supplies beautiful landscape with mild flow, fishingmen and boats, houses scattered on the bank of the river,… More than that, the river has been running through history of the region and is a part of the local life.
Catch the view of the sunset on the river into ones’ eyes is so photogenic. More than that by real eyes watching temples being bold under the sunset makes sights more impressive. The main attractions in Savannakhet are number of interesting temples.
Those temples are among the most typical and beautiful in the country, especially That Ing Hang which was built in 16th century. The temple or stupa is the place where special ceremonies are held in the third month of every year. In 16th century, That Ing Hang is one of the most revered in Laos. Today, in February many monks come to the stupa and hold the ceremony in the holy site.
And another Vat Saya Phoum temple is also the most important one in Savannakhet. The temple was built in 15th century and now it is both temple and school for monks of Savannakhet.
Out of the holy sites, a place that houses skeletons, bones and fossils of ancient beings who lived in Savannakhet in ancient time, is Dinosaur Museum.
Vehicle to travel around the region is by some kinds: motorbike, tuk tuk and boat. But the most convenient and economic vehicle is bicycle.