Savannakhet is a province of Laos, located in the south of the country. Actually outhern Laos is the most Laotic region of the country. The province of Savannakhet has approx. 700.000 habitants. About 150.000 are living in the capital of the province. The city is actually located opposite of the small Thai town of Mukdahan.
What can you see there. There are a number of buildings in the central business district that remind the visitor of Laos old French colonial heritage. Besides that you can witness some Chinese influence. Furthermore the knowledgeable spectator might notice the Vietnamese influence. A Mahayana Buddhist temple is the most obvious proof for that. If you want to enter Thailand you have to cross the river between 8:30 am and 5 pm. A ferry brings you to the Thai side. No special permission is necessary. Savannakht was initially bombed and subsequently occupied by Thai armed forces during the French-Thai War. Savannakht is bordered by Khammouan to the north, Salavan to the south, Vietnam to the east and Thailand to the west.