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What are some interesting facts about Savannakhet?

Savannakhet is Laos' second largest city (after Vientiane) and is located on the banks of the Mekong River, bordering Thailand and Vietnam. The city is home to a number of ethnic communities, including Laotian, Thai, Chinese, and Vietnamese. Sacred Buddhist stupas like That Ing Hang and That Phonh, as well as 20 national protected areas dot the Savannakhet Province, are must-sees.

Here are some interesting facts about Savannakhet:

  • Historical Significance: The city has a long history, stretching back to the Khmer Empire. In and around Savannakhet, you may still see relics of this heritage, including temples and ruins.
  • French Colonial Influence: Savannakhet, like much of Laos, was under French colonial administration for a long time. The city's architecture reflects this impact, with many colonial-era structures still intact.
  • Friendship Bridge II: The Second Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge, which connects Savannakhet to Mukdahan in Thailand, is located in Savannakhet. This bridge is critical for regional trade and transportation.
  • Dinosaur Museum: The Dinosaur Museum in Savannakhet exhibits a collection of dinosaur fossils and information about the prehistoric animals that once inhabited the region. It is a one-of-a-kind attraction for paleontology enthusiasts.
  • Laid-Back Atmosphere: Savannakhet has a more peaceful and laid-back ambiance than the busy capital, Vientiane. It's a spot where you may explore and appreciate the local culture at your leisure.
  • Local Cuisine: Savannakhet, like the rest of Laos, provides a variety of wonderful Lao foods, including the famed sticky rice and numerous noodle meals. Don't pass up the opportunity to sample the local food.
  • Natural Beauty: The surrounding area is noted for its natural beauty, with breathtaking scenery along the Mekong River and outdoor activities such as hiking and cycling.
  • Festivals: Savannakhet, like other Lao cities, celebrates a variety of festivals throughout the year, including traditional Buddhist festivals and cultural activities.
  • Friendly Locals: Visitors frequently comment on the warmth and friendliness of the locals. It is customary to be greeted warmly by the people of Savannakhet.

Read more: Savannakhet Travel Guide - Immerse Yourself in Lao Culture and Heritage