Saravane Tourist Places to Visit in Saravane, Laos, Asia
Saravane also called as Salavan is the capital city of Salavan Province in South Laos, about 654 southeast of national capital Vientiane. Salavan Province is spread over an area of 16,389 sq. km. placed between 15°43′ N latitude and 106°25′ E longitude.
The economy of Salavan is based on the agricultural activities, especially coffee production. Salavan is considered as one of the major coffee production centres of the country and Arabica coffee and coffee beans are very much popular at Salavan.
Geography and climate of Salavan:
Salavan Province is bounded by Vietnam in the east, Savannakhét Province on the north, Xekong Province towards southeast, Thailand in the west and Champasak Province towards south.
History of Salavan:
In previous, Salavan was one of the divisions of Champasak Kingdom. Salavan was earlier known as Saravane renamed in the year 1828 by Thai.
Culture, Shopping and food in Salavan:
The population of Salavan comprises of higher majority of Buddhists along with less percentage of Christian communities. Lao dance and Lam Saravane (folksong) originated in Salavan and now these are very popular all around the country. Lao language is the official language as well as widely spoken language all over the country including Salavan. Some educated people use French language for official purpose.
Salavan is one of the developing cities of the country in all major sectors, especially in shopping. In recent years, because of the increasing tourists invasion, there are plenty of modern and ancient style shops set up all over the city to gain the advantage of tourism. The handicraft products of wood and jewelry shops placed in the centre of the city.
Rice is the generally used staple food in the regions of Salavan Province. Other than rice, maize, wheat and corn are common in the routine diet of Salavan natives. khao piak sen, ping moo, or lam, larb, som moo, Lao sausage, Jaew Mak Khu , Jaew Padeak and Jaew Mak Len are popular food items of Salavan. The city houses Indian, Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese style hotels along with local food corners.
Connectivity to Salavan:
Salavan is well connected with its nearby regions and the major cities of the country by both road and air transports. There are frequent buses plying between Salavan and the main cities like Vientiane, Luang Namtha, Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Pakse and Attopeu.
Salavan has its own airport named as ‘Saravane Airport’ situated 22 kms away from the city. Also one can board flights of major cities at Khong Airport (88 km) and Pakxe Airport (136 kms).
Tourist Attractions in Salavan:
Katang is village located in Toomlarn District of Salavan Province well known for silk weaving and the famous festival ‘Lapup Festival’ organized in the end of February every year in Katang.
Khone Phapheng Falls:
Khone Phapheng Falls is the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia and the most important one of Laos located in Champasak Province, about 130 kms from Salavan. Tourists can come across the world’s longest freshwater fish ‘plabuck’ in the fall.
Champasak Palace was the residence of Chao Boun Oum, the Prince of Champasak and this has been now converted into a luxury hotel.
Other tourist attractions near Salavan include:
- Vat Phou
- Si Phan Don
- Champasak Provincial Museum
Best time to visit Salavan:
The best time to travel Salavan is between the months of November and February.
Accommodation Options in Salavan:
The prominent hotels in Salavan and Champasak are listed here below:
- Silsamay Guest House 2
- Saise Guesthouse and Hotel
- Tad Lo Lodge
- Say Kham Guest House
- Chindavone Guest House
- Thipphapone Guesthouse
- Ban Pak Gaeopansavanh
- Miss Asim Guest House
- Champasak Palace Hotel
- Champa Residence
- Lankham Hotel
- Tad Fane Resort
- Khamchalaen Hotel
- Champasack Grand Hotel