After spending almost a week in southern Laos, I realized that I needed to head up North faster because I was running out of time. I had to skip Savannakhet which apparently is a charming former colonial town. I briefly stopped at Tha Khaek on my way to Vientiane.
Travelers usually use Tha Khaek as a starting point for off-the-beaten-track motorbike adventures around the nearby national protected areas. However, you'll need to know how to ride a motorbike on pretty rough tracks and at least 4 to 5 days to enjoy the tour. Since I lacked both time and ability to drive I spent only a few hours in this city.