That Inhang (Inhang stupa)

This is a sacred stupa and reportedly the burial site for one of Buddha’s bones It is an important place for Buddhists and is registered as a national treasure of Lao PDR. It was built about 450 years ago by to King of Marukhanakhone to That Inhang Stupa, Savannakhet Province, Laoscommemorate the Buddha's visit to the site in the past. Buddha is believed to have delivered a sermon to people at the site and later took a rest under the “Hang” tree. This is the reason why the stupa is called That Ing Hang. the annual festival is held every November (exact date varies according to the lunar calendar see event and festival page). That Inhang is located in Ban that(That village). The easiest way to get there is to head out along Route 9 for approx 12km and then you will come across a left-hand turn by a police box (the entrance is currently framed by golden banners), and then drive straight for approx another 3km and you will come directly to That In hang. There is a slightly shorter way along back-roads and this is sign-posted from the outskirts of Savannakhet. Women are required to wear a traditional Lao skirt (“sin”) in order to enter the site. These are available next to the entrance to the grounds. You need to pay for entry fee, its open daily from 8am to 6pm.


Wat Xayaphoum (Xayaphoum Temple)

The old city pagoda was built at the same time as Tha Hae village in BC 1542 and Wat Xayaphoum Temple, Savannakhet Province, Laoshas been substantially improved since the beginning of the 20th century. Located in the center of the city along the bank of the Mekong River in Ban Xayaphoum, it is a beautiful building built in the original Savannakhet style. The temple area includes the monks’ living quarters and the monastery. Bi Mi Lao (“The Lao New”) Year celebrations and Boun Suang Huea (“boat racing festival”) following Buddhist Lent are held here.

Mekong River Bank

Mekong River, Savannakhet Province, LaosMekong River Bank will give you a great view of local life. From the fishermen bringing in the daily catch, to market gardens and local restaurants selling a wide variety of food and drinks, there is plenty to see. With Thailand just across the river a stroll along the Mekong banks, especially around sunset, is a must.

The Dinosaur Museum

Savannakhet Dinosaur Museum, Savannakhet Province, LaosThis is a houses of dinosaur fossils or big lizard bones’ as called in Lao, which were excavated from Ban Tang Vay, in Xonbouly District. Only 3 kinds of dinosaur bones have been discovered: Pode,Iguanodon and Sauropode.The museum opens daily from 9am to 6pm and you need to pay.



Old French Colonial Buildings

Savannakhet French Colonial Buildings, Savannakhet Province, LaosOld French Style buildings can readily be seen in the central city area, especially around the Catholic Church and the central Plaza. These buildings are hertages from the French colonisation of Laos in the mid 20th Century. Most buildings are private properties and different siee thus can only be viewed from outside.

Dong Natad Provincial Protected Area & Nong Lom Lake

savannakhetattractions,ecotourism,laosDong Natad Provincial Protected Area extends to 8,300 hectares. In the centre of the forest, there is a beautiful lake called Nong Lom where you can observe wild birds such as: teal, butterflies and rare plants. Parking spaces are provided at the entrance to the forest along the road to That Ing Hang. To get there, head towards That Ing hang and you will seesign posts on your left-hand side approximately 1km before reaching That Inghang. The best way to see both the protected area and Nong Lom Lake is on an Eco-Guides trek.

Tad Hai Bridge

Tad Hai Bridge, Savannakhet Province, LaosOver the Xe Bang Heing River, this bridge was built in 1942 and designed by Souphanouvong who became the first President of Lao PDR in 1975. It was destroyed by the American bombing in 1967. You can still see the huge broken bridge lying on the riverbed. From Phine city, go south on the Route 23 for about 30km.

Dong Phou Vieng National Protected Area

The area covers more than 1,970 sq. km. This National Protected Area features Dong Phou Vieng National Protected Area, Savannakhet Province, Laosplenty of greenery and wild life. 31 villages of ethnic minorities are located in the area. It is a perfect ecotourism site as well as a biodiversity preserve. Trekking and home stays in the villages can be arranged during the dry season. The area is located about 5km from Phine city.

Lamson Battle Field and War Museum

The historic Ho Chi Minh Trail ran through Dong Village, on Route No.9, close to the Lao-Bao border checkpoint to Ho Chi Minh Trail, Savannakhet Province, LaosVietnam. Here remnants of American tanks and warplanes from the famous battle of “Lamson 719” (1971) can be seen. Bomb craters are also a common sight in Sepon alongside Route 9. At Dong village a war museum is being constructed. To get to Dong village head east from Sepon town on Route 9 and it is about 22km away on your right side.

Sepon Waterfalls

There are three waterfalls located close to each other. Salene Waterfall is the highest (80m) and the most easily accessible. The other 2 waterfalls are Sadeesavannakhetattractions,ecotourism,laos Waterfall and Sakhoe Waterfall. Head along Route 9, 22km east of Sepon town, turn left at Ban Dong Noy, onto a laterite road through the jungle and streams and after about 25 km you come across them.

Hortay Pidok ("Ancient Buddhist Scripts Library")

This is an impressive old structure originally built in the 17th Century. It is the Hortay Pidok, Savannakhet Province, Laosmost important repository of palm leaf books written in Burmese Pali, Khmer and ancient Lao alphabets in Laos. There are currently 4,000 books containing 361 different stories. The books are maintained in good condition by monks and novices, as well as the local people. Located in Ban Nonglam Chanh, from Savannakhet city you need to take Route 11 to the east for about 55km. Once you reach the town of Ban Kengkok, continue east for another 7km to Ban Taleo before turning left and heading north for another 16km. The library is open daily from 8am to 4pm.

Nong Phapra (Turtle Lake)

This is a natural lake in Ban Donedeng ( “Donedeng village “). It is believed that Nong Phapra, Turtle Lake, Savannakhet Province, Laosghosts in the spiritualhouse protect the turtles in the lake. There are many turtles of different sizes and ages living in the lake and they can easily be seen. Local residents also sell food that you can feed the turtles with. Also on sale are locally made turtle-shaped key holders which are sold in front of the entrance of the lake. From Savannakhet City you need to take Route 11 to the east for about 55km. Once you reach the town of Ban Kengkok (“kengkok village”), continue east for another 7km to Ban Taleo, from there turn right and continue for another 5km.

Dong Ling (“Monkey Forest”)

This is sacred forest located in Ban Dong Muong - covering more than 3 hectares. savannakhetattractions,ecotourism,laosIt is a monkey kingdom! The monkeys can be divided into three groups. The first group is used to humans and might even ask for food from people passing by! The second group usually stays in the spirit houses, while the third group generally gets food at the temple. Why not try to spot the three different groups! It's best to visit the Monkey Forest in the dry season. From Savannakhet city, take Route No. 9B, 47km South to Ban Nakhou, turn left and after about 6.3km you will be at Ban Dongdokmay. Turn right there and carry on for another 12.6km. The site is open daily from 8am to 4pm.

Heun Hin (“Stone House”)

Literally meaning is Stone House and is believed to have been one of 121 restDong Ling, Monkey Forest, Savannakhet Province, Laos houses constructed by Jayavarman VII (1181-1218) along the roads which once connected every corner of the Khmer empire. Therefore, it shares similar characteristics with Wat Phou in Champasak and Phimai Temple in Thailand. An annual festival is held in the full moon night in April. From Savannakhet city take Route 9B south to Ban Lak 35 and continue a further 3km before turning right. After 10km you will reach Xaiphoutoung town, turn left There and about 16km along the Mekong River you will come to the house which is open daily from 8am to 4pm.

Savannakhet Province Tourist Information