Excellent hiking, cycling and cave-exploring near Thakhek.
Tham Lot Kong Lo Cave
This seven-kilometre stretch of underground river is one of Asia’s most unusual kayaking sites.
Trekking near Savannakhet
Splendid trekking just a short drive from the French–Indochinese shophouses of the south’s colonial gem.
That Ing Hang
This revered sixteenth-century Buddhist stupa next to the Mekong provides a great excuse for a bicycle ride out of Savannakhet.
Ho Chi Minh Trail
Numerous relics – rusting tanks, downed helicopters and the like – of the famous clandestine highway can still be visited.