Top things to do in Central Laos

Top Choice National Park in Tha Khaek

Phu Hin Bun NPA

Phu Hin Bun NPA is a huge (1580 sq km) wilderness area of turquoise streams, monsoon forests and striking karst topography across central Khammuan. It was made a protected area in 1993 and it's no overstatement to s…
Top Choice Bar in Savannakhet

Sook Savan

The atmospheric Sook Savan occupies a strategic corner overlooking Savannakhet Sq and draws a lively crowd from about 7pm onwards. Beer is the main ingredient on the menu here, but it also offers traditional Laotian…
Top Choice Laotian in Savannakhet

Sala Vann

Stunningly set on the Mekong about 500m south of the old hospital, this lovely Laotian restaurant is housed in a traditional wooden sala. The menu is enticingly affordable and draws a mixed crowd come sunset and bey…
Top Choice Market in Savannakhet

Savannakhet Plaza Food Market

An excellent new addition to the Savan dining scene, this nightly food market brings 20 or more stalls to the Savannakhet Plaza area in the heart of the old town. This is street-food surfing at its best, with a choi…
Top Choice International in Savannakhet

Lin's Café

Savannakhet's original travellers' cafe, this delightful spot has outgrown its former home and relocated to a new open-plan house near St Theresa's Cathedral. It's popular for its easy vibe, friendly staff, reservoi…
Top Choice Fusion in Tha Khaek

Khop Chai Deu

Classy and low-lit, this fine restaurant is as sophisticated as sleepy Tha Khaek gets. Based in a pretty French colonial-era building, the open-range kitchen, visible but behind glass, dishes up tasty Lao salad, bur…
Cave in Bolikhamsai & Khammuan Provinces

Tham Lot Se Bang Fai

The most impressive, and yet least visited, cave in Khammuan is the amazing Tham Lot Se Bang Fai. Located in Hin Namno NPA, the cave results from the Se Bang Fai river plunging 6.5km through a limestone mountain, le…
French in Savannakhet

Dao Savanh

With its elegant colonial-era facade, this cool, square-facing restaurant is still one of the city's finest, despite increased competition. Fans whir and wine glasses clink as you tuck into a French-accented menu of…
Temple in Savannakhet

That Ing Hang

Thought to have been built in the mid-16th century, this well-proportioned, 9m-high thâat is the second-holiest religious edifice in southern Laos after Wat Phu Champasak. It's located about 11.5km northeast of Sava…
Wildlife Reserve in Savannakhet

Dong Natad

Dong Natad is a sacred, semi-evergreen forest within a provincial protected area 15km from Savannakhet. It's home to two villages that have been coexisting with the forest for about 400 years, with villagers gatheri…