Savannakhet Province is located on the left bank of Mekong River in southern Laos. Kaysone Phomvihane City, the capital of Savannakhet Province, is an important city in the south and more prosperous than the other cities in industry and commerce. The plain of the province is the main rice-growing area in Laos. As for transportation, there is an airport in the suburbs, a highway -- No.13 Highway -- connecting different parts of the nation, a cross-border highway -- No.9 Highway -- leading to Da Nang, Vietnam, and a cross-border bridge linking it with Thailand. The province has therefore been a transportation hub in the south since ancient times.
Pakse City, the capital of Champasak Province and one of the main rice-producing areas, is located in the south of Laos and covers an area of 10 square kilometers. It is the southern gateway of the nation, bordered by Cambodia to the south and Thailand to west. In terms of transportation, there is an airport in the suburbs and a cross-river bridge to Thailand completed in August 2000. Pakse is an important commercial city and goods distribution center in the south.