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Savannakhet, Laos

In Lao, Savannakhet means ‘city of paradise’, but the city’s official name is Kaysone Phomvihane.

Almost all Lao men will join a Buddhist monastery at some point in their lives as a rite of passage.

That Ing Hang in Savannakhet is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Laos.

The Mekong River Basin covers an area the size of Australia and spans five countries.

The Mekong River flows for nearly 5,000km making it twice the distance from London to Moscow.

Savannakhet is known for its art deco-style architecture built during French colonial rule of the city.

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