Travel Savannakhet Province, Laos

From Luang Prabang to Savannakhet

January 18th, 2010

In Laos we tried to travelled as much as we could by bus to save money and see some of the rural inland area's. From Vientiane we went to Luang Prabang where we stayed for a few days. Luang Prabang was quite nice and there's a pretty laid back feeling about the place.

After some sightseeing in Luang Prabang we took a night bus further south in direction of the Cambodian border to the Savannakhet province. In Savannakhet you will notice a strong colonial influence in the way the buildings are built and you will even get to see the only catholic church in the region as a fruit of the French occupation.

The bus to the Cambodian Border The bus to the Cambodian..

The town isn't that touristic and besides the French-style buildings Savannakhet is a place where you can taste the real Lao life. You will feel relaxation hanging in the air and there is absolutely no comparison here with the frenetic city sights of Vientiane. We decided to stay here for two days just to rest from the long bus ride and to soak up some of the rural scenery.

Besides the French catholic church of Savannakhet the village of Ban That is definitely one of the more important attractions. Ban That is home to the large stupa of Ing Hang which has one of Laos' most tallest obelisks and makes the temples surrounding look like miniatures. There is a belief that the Phra That Ing Hang stands upon the burial ground of Buddha's bones and was built to honor this sacred place.

There are also some Chinese temples and monuments which stand out for their colourful decorations and vivid statues.

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Travel Tips for Savannakhet Province Laos:

Where to stay in Savannakhet Province: Sayamungkhun Guest House on Th Ratsavongseuk

What to do in Savannakhet Province: Visit Phra That Ing Hang

Where to eat in Savannakhet Province: The local night market has nice food stands, try the in chilli dipped rice balls with grilled pork slices!

Travel Pictures of Savannakhet Province, Laos

  • The bus to the Cambodian Border The bus to the Cambodian Border
  • Colourful painted nightbus Colourful painted nightbus
  • Colourful offerings on a tree Colourful offerings on a tree
  • Buddha statues of ceramic Buddha statues of ceramic
  • Lao man reconstructing a Buddha Lao man reconstructing a Buddha
  • Gold painted Buddha statue Gold painted Buddha statue
  • Golden Buddha statue Golden Buddha statue
  • Lao monk in Savannakhet Lao monk in Savannakhet
  • Photos of the temples in Savannakhet Photos of the temples in Savannakhet
  • White Hindu elephant statue White Hindu elephant statue
  • Temple under construction Temple under construction
  • Temples in Savannakhet Temples in Savannakhet
  • Pictures of Savannakhet Pictures of Savannakhet
  • The Phra That Ing Hang in Savannakhet The Phra That Ing Hang in Savannakhet
  • Sacred tree decorations in Savannakhet Sacred tree decorations in Savannakhet
  • Lion statue in Savannakhet Lion statue in Savannakhet
  • Beautiful statues in Savannakhet Beautiful statues in Savannakhet
  • Dragon on a Chinese Temple Dragon on a Chinese Temple
  • The top of the Chinese Temple The top of the Chinese Temple
  • Beautiful wall paintings Beautiful wall paintings
  • Chinese dragon decorations Chinese dragon decorations
  • Pictures inside the Chinese Temple Pictures inside the Chinese Temple
  • Chinese temple statues in Savannakhet Chinese temple statues in Savannakhet
  • French Catholic Church in Savannakhet French Catholic Church in Savannakhet

Weather

Savannakhet Province Weather

Partly Cloudy
29 °C | 84.2 °F

Traveller

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Name: Darren
Age: 26-33
Travel type: Friends getaway

Travel Blog

From Luang Prabang to Savannakhet
Continent: Asia
Country: Laos
City: Savannakhet Province
Period: Aug '09-Sep '09
Lenght of stay: 2 days
Views: 3299

Travel Review

Liked: The relaxed atmosphere in Savannakhet
Disliked: After a bit of sightseeing the town runs out of things to do
Trip Rating: Good

Map of Savannakhet Province, Savannahkhet

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