A day in Savannakhet, Laos
A visit to Savannakhet is not complete without a walk thru historic downtown and afterwards sitting along the Mekong River enjoying the sunset. Historical downtown is a collection of beautiful buildings build between 1900 and 1970. With a mix from French colonial style, Chinese shop-houses, Russian communist style cinema, French church and an Art-deco cinema. Of course the French did also created a city square and that is still the center of town. In the evening many young Lao students gather here at one of the small restaurants or they come buy some BBQ food.
It seems slowly Savanakhet is waking up from it time-warp sleep. Along the Mekong River are 2 new restaurants / bars, some old buildings are being renovated, there is a brand new hyper modern Thai consulate, in April 2015 a new modern coffee shop annex restaurant will open and roads are being upgraded with cement. When I came here 10 years ago for the first time it was a sleepy town with not much traffic. People on bicycles and some on scooters would move slow and sometimes like stupid chickens. Never mind there was not much traffic. Unfortunately now there is much more traffic, more scooters, more cars ... and many people still drive like stupid & blind chickens.