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Getting there & away

Savannakhet’s bus terminal (212143), usually called the khíw lot, is near the Talat Savan Xai at the northern edge of town. Buses leave here for Vientiane (US$5.50, eight to 11 hours, 457km) every half-hour from 6am to 10am, then about every hour until 10pm. They stop at Tha Khaek (US$2.50, 2½ to four hours, 125km). A VIP bus (US$7, six to seven hours) to Vientiane leaves at 9.30pm, or you could try to pick up a seat on one of the VIP buses coming through from Pakse.

Nine buses to Pakse (US$3, five to six hours, 230km) originate here, the first at 7.30am and the last one at 1.30am. Otherwise jump on one of the regular buses passing through from Vientiane.

Buses leave for Lao Bao (US$3, five to seven hours, 236km) at 6.30am, 9.30am and noon, stopping at Sepon (US$3, four to six hours). Sǎwngthǎew leave more frequently.

There are no longer any commercial flights to or from Savannakhet.