A former French colonial provincial center, the riverside town of Savannakhet is today the urban hub of a vast rice-growing plain. It's distinguished by some fine examples of French colonial architecture. There are some options for eco-trekking north of Savannakhet in Tha Kaek at the fantastic Khong Lor Cave, but given the distances and slow transport down here, this will take a lot of extra time. Most visitors bypass it for the more interesting options farther south.
When there was every reason in the world to stay away and see the ruins, one woman traveled to Greece to get to work.More