A friend and I passed through Savannakhet City on Saturday, January 19. All the museums were closed, practically nobody was in the streets. We saw maybe two other tourists and a few street vendors, but the tourist info center and many restaurants were closed. Anyone have any idea why? Is this normal for Saturdays in Savannakhet, or was this particular day a holiday?
#1 MFraiman has been a member since 27/1/2013. Posts: 1
"All the museums"
Other than the dinosaur museum, Savannakhet doesn't really have much else for museums. There's the sporadically open "old town" museum and the always closed national museum. The tourist info center is not open all the time - did you check the eco-guide office around the corner? That's the more informative of the two. Also a lot of the restaurants only open at night. The most "lively" activity and best eating options by day are along Ratchaphreuk Rd, though the market by the bus station is good for cheap local food. The riverside stuff comes alive after sunset, though even then it's pretty low key. Savannakhet is really just a place to wander around, check out the old buildings, munch on local food, chill in a cafe and just kick back. The locals do hide away during the day but they come out as the sun is setting... Head to Talaat Yen Plaza by the big Catholic church for the best food and "scene" at that hour.
But yeah, as Madmac says Savannakhet is a slow-paced town (not that Mukdahan is the city that never sleeps ;)
"We saw maybe two other tourists and a few street vendors, but the tourist info center and many restaurants were closed." Yep, Savannakhet - I'm sure you saw plenty of dogs roaming the streets though.