Savannakhet Province attractions

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…
Museum in Sepon & the Ho Chi Minh Trail

War Museum

Twenty kilometres east of Sepon, Ban Dong (Dong Village) was on one of the major thoroughfares of the Ho Chi Minh Trail and is the easiest place to see what little material is left from the war. Most of what was pre…
Historic Site in Sepon & the Ho Chi Minh Trail

Ho Chi Minh Trail

The infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail is actually a complex network of dirt paths and gravel roads running parallel to the Laos–Vietnam border from Khammuan Province in the north to Cambodia in the south. The dirt road tha…
Historic Site in Sepon & the Ho Chi Minh Trail

Sepon Kao

A trip to Sepon Kao is a sobering experience. On the banks of the Se Pon, Sepon Kao was bombed almost into the Stone Age during the war. If you're on foot or bike, head east from Sepon and turn right just after Km 1…
Buddhist Temple in Savannakhet

Wat Rattanalangsi

Wat Rattanalangsi was built in 1951 and houses a monks' primary school. The sĭm (ordination hall) is unique in that it has glass windows (most windows in Lao temples are unglazed). Other structures include a rather …
Buddhist Temple in Savannakhet

Wat Sainyaphum

One of the oldest and largest monasteries in southern Laos and an important centre of local Buddhism. The sprawling grounds include some centuries-old trees and a workshop near the river entrance that's a veritable …
Church in Savannakhet

St Theresa's Catholic Church

A Savannakhet landmark and the largest Catholic church in the city.
Ruins in Savannakhet

Heuan Hin

On the Mekong River about 90km south of Savannakhet is this set of Cham or Khmer ruins, built between AD 553 and 700. Apart from a few walls, most of the stones of this pre-Angkorian site now lie in piles of rubble.…
Museum in Savannakhet

Musée Des Dinosaures

A major dig in the 1930s near a village 145km east of the city unearthed 110-million-year-old dinosaur fossils. The enthusiastically run (if a bit underwhelming) Dinosaur Museum is an interesting place to see three …