We’ve been in the sleepy town of Savannakhet for 3 nights now, and I love it here!
To the untrained eye, it may seem as though there’s not much to do here. It’s hard to believe it’s Laos’s second largest city; it’s quieter than Horsforth, the suburb of Leeds, UK, where we live.
But having come from some of the most hectic parts of Thailand, it’s a tonic.
Reasons to love Savannakhet:-
- Virtually no tourists – you can see the ‘real’ Laos going on around you and it’s lovely
- Virtually no traffic
- 130 years of French rule have left behind some beautiful colonial architecture
- Our guest house, Leena, has the biggest and nicest area we’ve had all trip for doing our morning yoga
- The years of French rule have also left a culture of French cuisine mixed in with the traditional SE Asian mainstays; so you can buy fresh baguettes with spicy Thai-style Som Tam for breakfast
- There’s an EXCELLENT French restaurant where you can get a 3 course set menu with beautiful house wine that you’d be happy to be served in Paris…and all really good value…Daosavanh
- You can get your Thai and Vietnamese Visas here without queuing
- All the above is a fraction of the price of being in Thailand
- And best of all…there’s a DINOSAUR museum…with real bones found locally. We’re off there right now, can’t wait!
Just wait til you get to the museum. Some bloke is going to let you all hold an actual T-rex bone. It’s going to be amazing!