Inside Vietnam: Cambodia Laos


Riverside Savannakhet boasts fading colonial architecture and an unexpected dinosaur museum. Although usually visited as a stopping point on overland journeys through Laos the town has a pleasant, if sleepy, atmosphere and merits some time for exploration.

Savannakhet Map

The small town of Savannakhet, located on the banks of the Mekong River in southern Laos is most famous as the birthplace of the father of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Kaysone Phomvihane, who was born here in 1920. The twon expanded during the French colonial era, and retains a number of architectural highlights, which include various French villas and the striking St. Teresa Catholic Church. The town has also gained something of a reputation for its dinosaurs - the small but interesting Dinosaur Museum houses remains found nearby which are between 150 and 250 million years old.