Savannakhet Travel Attractions

General Information of Savannakhet province

Located          :     In central part of the countrysavannakhet province

Total Area       :     21,774 square meters

Population       :     850,000

15 Districts   :     Khanthabuly, Outhoumphone, Atsaphangthong, Phine, Sepone, Nong, Thapangthong, Songkhone, Champhone, Xonbuly, Xaybuly, Vilabuly, Atsaphone, Xayphouthong and Thaphalanxay

Capital            :     Khanthabuly

Fine French architecture bears testimony to the importance of Savannakhet during the colonial era. The name Savannakhet means “The land of Fertility Suitable for Agriculture”

There are 11 ethnic minorities include Lowland Lao, Phouthai, Thai Dam, Katang, Mongkong, Vali, Lava, Soui, Kapo, kaleung and Ta-oi

History

The area of Savannakhet Province was under influence of the  Champa Kingdom from 7th to 10th century, followed by the Khmer Kingdom until 13th century. Heun Hin ("Stone House") along the Mekong River and some ornaments of That Ing Hang("Ing Hang Stupa") prove this historical fact. Then, the Lan Xang Kingdom established in 14th century covered Savannakhet.
Savannakhet Province, especially its capital town, had been developed significantly as the administrative and commercial center of Southern Laos during the French era in 19th century
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