Best Things to Do in Savannakhet

What is Savannakhet Most Famous For?

One of the best things to do in Savannakhet is exploring its historic sights on foot –Buddhist temples, museums, and Catholic churches are located in the town centre, while natural landscapes like waterfalls and lakes are reachable by tuk-tuk or motorbike. 

While Savannakhet isn’t as big as Luang Prabang, Vientiane, or Pakse, the city has a number of fascinating sites you can visit. These include the That Ing Hang Stupa, Khmer ruins at Heuan Hin, Wat Xayaphoum, and the Dinosaur Museum. Don’t forget to enjoy Savannakhet’s incredible scenery, which stretches along the Mekong River. 

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That Ing Hang Stupa

That Ing Hang Stupa

That Ing Hang Stupa is about nine metres high with beautiful carving and decoration. It’s reported to house a relic of Read More...

Dinosaur Museum

Savannakhet Dinosaur Museum has extensive exhibits on Savannakhet’s prehistoric period. Despite its compact size, the hall displays a collection of fossils excavated between 1930 and the present day.

Skeletal remains of 4 dinosaurs and early mammalian remains from 200 million years ago are on display at the museum. You can even see fragments of a meteorite that fell to earth over 100 million years ago. Descriptions are in Laos and French, but the museum has guided tours for English-speaking visitors. 

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 11.30am and from 1.30pm to 4pm
  • Location: Thanon Khanthaburi, Savannakhet 1300, Laos
  • Tel: +856 41 212 597
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Heuan Hinh (Stone House)

Heuan Hinh is a 1,000-year old outpost of the Khmer civilization in Ban Dong, about 65 kilometres south of Savannakhet. One of the most interesting Khmer ruins in Savannakhet, the site is one of 121 rest houses built during the reign of Khmer leader, Jayavarman VIII.

Most of the original carvings have faded, and the structure is in poor condition but worth a stop if you’re travelling through the outskirts of Savannakhet. 

  • Location: Ban Dong, Dokmay Songkhone, Savannakhet 1300, Laos

That Phonh Stupa

That Phonh Stupa is a reliquary tower in Phonethat Village, about 45km northeast of Savanakhet. It was constructed over a long period between 557 and 700, and is believed to have sacred links with That Phanom in Thailand.

The temple served as a shrine for offerings made to Shiva and other Hindu Gods. There’s an annual festival in honour of That Phonh Stupa, which takes place during the full moon period in February. 

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 6pm
  • Location: Phonethat Village, Xayaphouthong, Savannakhet, Laos

Vat Sayaphum

Vat Sayaphum sits on the banks of the Mekong River in Ban Xayaphoum Village. One of the most beautiful temples in Kaysone Phomvihane, it dates back to 1542 and acts as a school for Buddhist novices and monks.

Visit the sim (sanctuary) to see well-preserved red and gilded wood shutters feature floral carvings. You can also find an onsite workshop where local artisans craft sculptures of Buddha by hand. Vat Sayaphum also hosts major Buddhist festivals and ceremonies, including Pi Mai Laos (New Year) in April and the Boat Racing Festival in October.

  • Highlights: Ban Xayaphoum Village, Kaysone Phomvihane, Savannakhet, Laos
  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 6pm
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That Ing Hang Stupa

That Ing Hang Stupa is an important place of worship not only for Laotian Buddhists but also Thai Buddhists who live in northern Thailand. The 16th-century tower is about 9 metres tall and is believed to house Buddha’s bone.

If you’re planning to visit That Ing Hang Stupa, wear clothes that cover your shoulders, chest and knees. Women may be required to wear a traditional sinh (Lao-style sarong) before entering the temple grounds. There are stalls selling lotus flowers and coconuts for those looking to give offerings at That Ing Hang Stupa.

  • Highlights: Ban That Village, Savannakhet, Laos
  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 4.30pm
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