Salavan Caves

  Stone Casket Cave: Inspect the huge stone caskets (Long Sop Saen Kham), from an early civilization, in a cave on Phou Saen Kham Mountain. To get there from Tad Lo, go to Ban Senvang Noi, then follow the trail on the right of the road and walk for 5 km to the caskets. You … Read more

Travel Guide to Salavan

Independent travellers can hire vehicles in Pakse, negotiate tuk tuks and song taews (Pickup trucks with benches) for visiting sites or travelling between districts. Busses are also available for inner-province transport. The number of hotels and guesthouses is relatively small and mostly located in Salavan Town and the Tad Lo tourist area. As Salavan has … Read more

Salavan Accommodation

A short ride from Pakse lands at the Tad Lo tourism enclave, with resorts opening to sprawling lawns and gardens offering private views of the Tad Hang and Tad Lo Waterfalls. Budget travellers will find Xe Set Riverside rooms near the bridge, and can arrange tours and transportation at local agents and guesthouses. Rooms at … Read more

Salavan’s Buddhist Temples & Shrines

  Stop at the base of Phou Tak Khao Mountain to visit Vat Nongsonghong and Phoupakeo Cave, which houses the Phrakeophalitmok Buddha chiselled from stone more than 100 years ago. In Salavan Town, wander down to the Xe Don River and Vat Simongkhoun. Vat Simongkhoun: View the remnants of a 200-year-old temple now covered in … Read more

Getting around Salavan

  The best wat to get around Salavan is with transportation rented in Pakse, as only Tad Lo currently offers bicycle rentals. Tuk-tuks are available for travelling around Salavan Town’s sites, and the schedule for busses to the outlying districts is limited. Busses leave Salavan Town for Laongarm at 11:00 and 12:00 for LAK20,000 and … Read more

Getting to Salavan

  Lao Airlines offers 14 direct weekly flights to Pakse International Airport departing Vientiane at 07:10, 7:50, 8:10, and 10:30, depending on the day, for the 75-minute trip. The carrier also offers a daily direct flight from Luang Prabang departing at 10:40 and arriving at 12:20.  Lao Airlines provides international routes to Pakse including daily … Read more

Salavan’s Top Attractions

Waterfalls The Bolaven Plateau’s rivers spawn several waterfalls in Salavan. Though Tad Lo Waterfall holds the headlines, Tad Hang is the first set of falls you’re likely to see, as the Xe Set River Bridge presents the 30-metre-wide, 10-metre tiered falls at the Tad Lo tourist enclave. From here, walk upriver through a 500-metre maze … Read more

Salavan Waterfalls

  Tad Soung Stand at the knee-shaking precipice of a 90-metre-high cliff, where the Xe Set River leaps off the edge into the valley below. To admire the lead up to the launch, sit at a perch on the upriver banks of the Xe Set. Watch the river weave between boulders into small pools before … Read more

Things to Do in Salavan

  Adventures scour Salavan Town’s main attractions, wander to Toumlan’s Katang weaving villages and longhouses, and explore waterfalls, ethnic villages, and magnificent Bolaven Plateau views. Salavan Town Biking Tour Remnants of Salavan Town’s war-torn past can be seen on a short biking tour, including the UXO Lao Office, which houses scores of defused unexploded ordinances … Read more

Salavan’s History

  According to some historians, approximately 1,500 years ago, a Mon-Khmer group, the Cham, established settlements in what is now Salavan Province. The area eventually became part of the Khmer Empire, and by the 19th century it became an outpost of the Champasak Kingdom. However, between 1779 and 1893, the province was considered a Thai … Read more