Savannakhet is a town that has preserved some of the best vestiges of Protectorate architecture in the country. Added to this faded charm is the exotic touch provided by the long-established Chinese and Vietnamese communities. The second Friendship Bridge, which has spanned the Mekong here since 2006, has brought a sense of dynamism to the town. Its giant casino, known as Savan-Vegas, attracts visitors from across the border every weekend. Savannakhet's dinosaur museum is also a popular attraction for kids.