This city still has its old facade that has not had too much of an update. It is a place for business transactions and a few external excursions out of town.
I was there a little over 14 months ago and the city has undergone quite a lot of development. Due to this, prices have gone up considerably and anyone involved in the tourist trade now treats tourists like marks.
I found the cost to be more expensive then the most expensive provinces in Thailand. However the Beer Lao was good.
This city is only good for a one or two day visit. I found the city to be very dirty with not much tourist attractions.
Thee is a dinosaur museum but that will take about 45 minutes. I rented a motorbike and visited the lakes and temple to the east.
A casino dusty town. Taxi and food are expensive for tourists. THe casino is full of cigarette smoke.
Bring some mask for breathing if you wanna enjoy earning money from casino ;)
Not much going on here. Laid back country town with a smaller village feel. People we're fairly nice and accommodating.
They have a large market with fresh fruit, veggies and food stalls. That's about it. We found that 2 out of every 3 ATM's was out of service and in the town square they have a single dinosaur statute. Couldn't understand why but it seems they found some dinosaur bones in the city a long time ago.
Sleepy border town with friendly and helpful people, easy to navigate and have some nice temples to visit with friendly monks, even have a old Catholic church which is open to visit almost 24 hours pr day, sits right on the Mekong river, with many bars restaurants overlooking the river, French influenced foods and delicious baguettes and smiling old market ladies greet you every morning,
Savannakhet is a very interesting place nestled beside the Mekong. Its not a spectacular place, but when delving below what you see from your "taxi" it is a lot more interesting.
Read up on the history and the attractions, you need to do this to experience the real Savannakhet. I am not going to recommend anything as a must see, on the whole its a must see. By doing your own research you will get a lot out of your visit. I take lots of photos so what I find interesting is not what others find interesting, there is though much to do and see for everyone, its primary use is as a visa run for Expats in Thailand to apply for Visas, therefore most people miss out on the place itself.
A third's world oversized village, full up of expansive cars and car's vendors, with almost hostile local people and absolutely nothing interesting to do or see, overpriced food (3 times the thai prices on average), i didn't ask the cost of food where most locals seems to eat, as cleanliness doesn't seem to be of interest in the foodie's sector.
Don't go there unless you really have to. And the compulsory question "What would you recommend this city for?", should have at least a neutral option, as i wouldn't recommend a visit to this place not even to my worse enemy...
Small, relaxing community to visit. Some good food in the evening by the river, some nice restaurants around to enjoy at lunch.
You must have a baguette!
This town could be so much more. It is lazy and relaxed, too much so. If the locals tried a bit harder the town could be a thriving tourist place to go and chill by the river
Savannakhet is not much interesting, Laos has much better to offer. Don't stay more than 1-2 days here, as there are no attraction.
Ok, some nice restaurant, a nice romantic ballad along the river, but then ? Probably there's more to see around the town, but you will need to book a tour.
It seemed to be decent city. I only went there because I had to do a visa run to the Thai Consulate. However, there are lots of restaurants street vendors that sold good food.
So, the food and Beer Lao made for a decent outing. I would not go to Suvannakhet strictly as a tourist but it is an OK city to visit if you are going to do a visa run.
This is a quiet town that does not have a lot going for it apart from being a quiet town. Nice to relax next to the Mekong, but a bit of tidying up would make it lovely to relax next to the Mekong