Welcome to Sainyabuli
One of Laos' 'elephant capitals', Sainyabuli (ໄຊຍະບູລີ; variously spelt Sayaboury, Sayabouri, Sayabouli, Xaignabouri and Xayaboury) is a prosperous town backed to the east by an attractive range of high forested ridges. Making a self-conscious attempt to look urban, central Sainyabuli consists of overspaced avenues and showy new administrative buildings that are surprising for their scale but hardly attractions. Starting around the tourist office and continuing south you'll find an increasing proportion of attractive wooden or part-timber structures, some with languid settings among arching palm trees. Overall it's a friendly and entirely untouristed place, but numbers are unlikely to increase dramatically with new roads, as most visitors will be heading directly to the Elephant Conservation Center.