Located on the banks of the Mekong River, Thakhek is a great base for some serious exploring. You might not be in the centre of the action here, but that’s what makes this a great place to unwind and enjoy the picturesque surroundings. Thakhek is also the perfect stopover point down Route 13 if you want to visit nearby Savannakhet. In recent years, it’s become increasingly popular for those wishing to explore the nearby caves and karst formations.
Like many of the nearby towns and cities, there’s a distinct French influence in the town’s colonial style buildings. This is especially true in the town square, where you’ll discover beautiful gardens and wide streets filled with shops. If you’re into architecture, visit Chao Anou Road at the north of the town square which is home to a row of stunning 1920s houses. You’ll also find a large temple in this area that’s well worth a look. The temple is ‘celebrated’ each year and the locals hold a carnival in the summer months – a real treat to see. It’s also worth noting that July is a great time to visit Thakhek, as you’ll witness some of the most amazing sunsets you’ll see in your lifetime.
The town square is very much relaxed in the daytime, but the atmosphere starts to gain a real buzz when the sun goes down! The little eateries along the Mekong River, which are usually shut in the afternoon, come to life in the evenings, and a food market is held within the main square. But it’s Konglor Cave that is perhaps the area’s biggest highlight – and one of the country’s star attractions. There’s a river that runs through the cave – roughly 7.5 km of it – and it’s one of the longest river cave systems in the world. You can simply jump in a boat, be transported through the cave, and enjoy the stunning scenery. At one point, you can hop out and walk some of the journey by foot. Be warned though: some parts of the cave are well-lit, but at other times you’ll need a torch.
If you’re passing through the region, make a stop at Thakhek – you won’t regret it!
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££Le Bouton D’Or Boutique Hotel, Thakhek