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Savannakhet Travel Guide: 36 reviews and 46 photos
I have to be brutally honest here and say there really is not a huge amount to do in Savannakhet, but it is a very pleasant place to do nothing in. Yet another town on the banks of the mighty Mekong river, it does not have quite the fading colonial feel of Thakhek, although it is bigger an livelier and makes a nice place for a day or two's break en-route from Vientiane to the 4,00 islands and the Cambodian border, or indeed vice versa.
The Savannakhet Touyrist people are trying very hard to promote tourism in the area, specifically ecotourism which they are spending a lot of time on, and they may possibly try to oversell the "attractions" a little when in truth the main attraction for me was the absolutely beautiful scenery which begins just about at the edge of the city.
It is at the start of a major route (Highway 9) leading to Vietnam and there is a noticeable Vietnamese influence alongside a large Chinese community. You will notice many of the signs are at least bilingual if not trilingual. On the other side of the Mekong is Thailand, so add that into the mix and you have a fairly poyglot sort of a place. Many of the Thais are attracted by the gambling allowed here, notably by the slightly grandly named Savan Vegas complex. It is not quite that but you get the idea.
- Pros:Nice place to relax.
- Cons:Not a whole lot to do, except relax!
- In a nutshell:You may just stay longer than you thought.
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