INTERESTING THINGS IN SAVANNAKHET
Savannakhet is the second largest city of Laos, located away from Vientiane 140km. The city was established in the 7th century by forty families who immigrated from Phonsim village. Savannakhet is also known as Savan and its official name is Kaysone Phomvihane. The name "Savannakhet" came from the words Savann Nakhone, which means "City of Heaven". Savannakhet is the economic hub of Laos. Although Savannakhet doesn't have many ancient sites like Luang Prabang and it is not developed as Vientiane, but travelers visiting Savannakhet will be surprised by the old French colonial architecture and friendly atmosphere of the city.
The weather in Savannakhet is quite pleasant with two distinct seasons. The rain season begins from May and ends in November while the dry season lasts from December to April. The best time to discover Savannakhet is April when the water festival takes place. This is one of the most important and traditional festivals of Laos.
That Ing Hang Stupa: Located 15 km north-east from the city's center, That Ing Hang Stupa is regarded the second biggest and the most sacred destination for Buddhists. The stupa was built in the 16th century and is the most revered stupa in Laos. In 1582, the stupa was restored and becomes a huge tourist site. Each year in December, the ceremony Buon Pha takes place in this holy site and attracts thousands of tourists and Buddhists. During the ceremony, tourists can have a chance to listen to Buddhist scriptures or wear special threads, which is believed to bring luck and happiness.
Wat Xayaphoum: This is the second place you should visit on your trip to Savannakhet. The 16th-century temple located in the center of the city along the bank of Mekong River. There are two big festivals which are held in the temple: Pee Mai Lao (The Lao New Year) and Boun Suang Huea (boat racing festival). Visiting Wat Xayaphoum, tourists can find the peace of the Temple’s scenic, forget all the worries of normal life.
Dinosaur Museum: Dinosaur Museum is the special place of Savannakhet, where displays dinosaur fossils or “bis lizard’s bones” as called in Laos. In 1936, a French geologist found the fossil bones of many dinosaurs in Savannakhet but these fossils were forgotten until 1990, the French and Lao government continued this discovering. Dinosaur Museum was established in 2000. The museum is located in an old French villa, though not large but has a very valuable collection. Four different dinosaurs and early mammalian relate to a period between 10 and 300 million years ago are on display.
Heuan Hinh (Stone House): From Savannakhet to the South about 65km to Heuan Hinh stone house. This place was built around 553 BC in Angkor money architecture and was built with monolithic stone. The stones are stacked in the architecture of a temple. Although this stone house located in a remote area, this historical site attracts a lot of tourists thanks to its beauty and special architecture.
Other attractions: The Hor Tai Pitok Ancient Library, a wooden house containing a number of stunning palm scripts and the Lam Seun 719 Battlefield and the area's Catholic Churches with their French colonial design are other amazing destinations in Savannakhet that you don't want to miss on this memorial trip