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This quiet town is located in Central Laos, and was once the largest trading and administrative centre south of Vientiane for the French.  Colonial-era buildings around the city are reminders of this presence.  It is one of the several locations in which border crossings between Laos and Thailand are located.
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kinda boring but quieter than vientiane.  can go to bars or go clubbing. karaoke. one thing....you could enjoy a riverside dinner of sukiyaki or grilled stuff and other lao "fast food." the sukiyaki in savannakhet near the riverside is tastier than in vientiane.  and in a more laid back atmosphere...you'll be sitting on a sidewalk in front of a child's play table eating a good meal with a nice breeze blowing, enjoying some time with family and friends. if you ever need a money transfer, there is a MoneyGram location at The Foreign Trade Bank, or Banque pour le Commerce Extérieur Lao. 
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If local ATMS do not work in the city, take a bus ride across the Mekong River and withdraw at Thai banks in Mukdahan. For the daring traveler, take a boat ride across, it costs a lot less, kip wise.
Lao coffee is available at a roadside cafe just beside the port.
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