Soporific and fastened by the past. Savannakhet preserved much of what old Laos was. Being the most populous province, the city was built during the French colonial period as an important socio-political center of Laos. The roads still showcase many buildings with French-influenced architecture. In the rural areas, the farming villages are among the most authentic Laos in the country. While tavern-style restaurants and quaint cafes are the go to when in the city centre.