The province of Savannakhet divides Laos in the lower third from west to east. It borders Vietnam in the east as well as Thailand in the west. Savannakhet is located halfway between Vientiane and Pakse on the banks of the Mekong River and has been connected to Mukdahan in neighboring Thailand via the second Friendship Bridge since 2007. The provincial capital with 120,000 inhabitants is the second largest metropolitan area in the country.
Savannakhet is best known for his beautiful French colonial architecture. The city was an important center of Laos in the French colonial era. The “French Quarter” with its beautiful colonial buildings around the Catholic Church is gradually being restored and is worth a walk. In the streets near the Mekong are still a lot of buildings with French architectural influence, but unfortunately now more and more decay. Furthermore, one of the holiest pilgrimage sites in Laos, the That Ing Hang Stupa, invites to a contemplative day trip.