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 underwhelming Dinosaur Museum is the place to learn about this history. Savannakhet Province is home to more than a dozen dinosaur sites with bones from six distinct species.

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1. Wat Sainyaphum

0.19 MILES

One of the oldest and largest monasteries in southern Laos and an important centre of local Buddhism. The sprawling grounds include some centuries-old…

2. Wat Rattanalangsi

0.46 MILES

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…

4. Savannakhet Museum

0.62 MILES

The rather dusty Savannakhet Museum houses old photos, war relics, artillery pieces and inactive examples of the deadly unexploded ordnance (UXO) that has…

5. Hor Jao Mae Song Nang Pi Nong


This shrine commemorates two princesses, daughters of the King of Vientiane, who died when their boat sank in a storm. There's a similar one in Nong Khai…

6. Wat Si Mongkhon Tai

1.63 MILES

According to one of the many legends associated with it, this temple's 2m-tall Phra Chao Ong Luang Buddha image is older than the city itself and was…

7. Wat Yod Kaeo Sivichai

1.78 MILES

This temple stands out for having an enormous Buddha inside a glass-walled wí·hăhn, and not one but two small chedi modelled on Phra That Phanom, one with…

8. Indochina Market

1.79 MILES

Among Thais, Mukdahan is most famous for this riverside market, which stretches along and under the promenade. Most Thai tour groups on their way to Laos…