Even though Salavan (ສາລະວັນ; also spelt Saravan and Saravane) is just 30km from popular Tat Lo, foreign visitors are very rare. And though the town is no longer quite the backwater it used to be, thanks to development that's come on the heels of newly paved roads, it's still notable more for its remoteness than any traditional tourism draws. The best thing visitors can do here is get out and explore the ethnic diversity of the countryside.
While more than half of the population of Salavan Province is ethnically Lao (Loum and Soung), few are native to this area. The remainder of the 350,000 inhabitants belong to various Mon-Khmer groups, including the Tahoy, Lavai, Alak, Laven, Ngai, Tong, Pako, Kanay, Katu, Kado and Katang, the latter being expert weavers.