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…
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 …
Museum in Savannakhet

Savannakhet Museum

The Savannakhet Museum is a good place to see war relics, artillery pieces and inactive examples of the deadly unexploded ordnance (UXO) that has claimed the lives of more than 20,000 Lao since the end of the Secret…