VIETNAM | Kiman Hotel at Historic Hoi An | Lakad Pilipinas

Hoi An Floating Paper Lanterns

Sitting on the concrete banks of Hoi An’s Thu Bon River, we watched, transfixed, as playfully cut paper lanterns floated on its dark waters. In silence, we chugged on our not-so-cold Larue Beer, letting the colorful lights bob in front of us. Across the river, a Filipino singer started to belt out an Adele song, bringing us back from our reverie. We have no beer left. Time to go back to our hotel.

Nha Trang Tran Phu Beach
A QUICK VISIT TO TRAN PHU BEACH IN NHA TRANG EN ROUTE TO HOI AN FROM MUI NE

It took nineteen hours of butt-numbing bus ride for us to arrive from the sleepy resort town of Mui Ne to historic Hoi An. In between these, we stopped on the busy cosmopolitan streets of Nha Trang for an hour of transferring to another bus including a quick dinner, and then it was the road again.

Vietnam Nha Trang Bo Ne Meal
BO NE DINNER AT NHA TRANG

We left Mui Ne at around noon and arrived at Hoi An early morning the next day. We were dead tired but our hotel was still ten minutes away by foot from the Sinh Tourist office where we booked our Vietnam Open Bus ticket. Hauling our backpacks and using our Maps app, we finally found our home in Hoi An, Kiman Hotel & Spa.

Kiman Hotel Hoi An Lobby
KIMAN HOTEL’S LOBBY, WE’RE IN HOI AN, AT LAST!

Kiman’s lobby is expansive; filled with heavy and lavish furniture, shiny wooden paneling, and decors ranging from small expensive-looking sculptures to a full-blown bronze mural depicting the town’s historical center.

Kiman Hotel Hoi An Restaurant
BREAKFAST BUFFET AT THE HOTEL RESTAURANT AT THE GROUND FLOOR

Kiman Hotel Hoi An Breakfast Noodle
YOU MAY ASK THEM TO MAKE A BOWL OF NOODLES FOR YOU

Check in was quick enough, and as soon as we dropped our bags, we proceeded to the buffet spread back on the ground floor for breakfast, we haven’t had anything to eat since six the previous night.

And then it was back to the bed for us, snoozing our hearts out on our room’s very comfy king bed until late that afternoon.

Kiman Hotel Hoi An Triple Deluxe Room
TRIPLE DELUXE ROOM AT THE FIFTH FLOOR

We were billeted on the hotel’s Triple Deluxe Room [CHECK DISCOUNTED RATES & AVAILABILITY]. It is quite spacious for two persons and it’s actually good enough for three—seeing that there’s an extra single bed right beside the king-sized one. The headboard side of the room is finished in varnished wooden panels decorated with a couple of black and white photographs of Hoi An’s glory days, a good complement for its plain white walls.

Kiman Hotel Hoi An Toilet & Bath
SPACIOUS TOILET AND BATH

I liked how our room was furnished with unpainted wooden chairs, tables and cabinets, it has a very natural feel to it. I especially love the two padded chairs sandwiching a coffee table right in front of the bed; quite perfect for morning tea. But we really didn’t use it for such since we have our very own balcony looking over the red-tiled roofs of the town.

Kiman Hotel Hoi An View
VIEW FROM OUR BALCONY

Kiman Hotel is located about ten minutes away by foot from Ancient Town of Hoi An, but since our hotel has free bicycles for guests, it took half the time to get there.

Hoi An Tailoring
TAILORS ABOUND IN HOI AN

Hoi An Food
CHECKING OUT THE STREET FOOD SCENE

On our first outing to the area’s historical core, we took the long way by foot, wanting to have a feel of the town before whizzing through it on a bicycle. We dropped by local eateries, trying out their version of my favorite cha gio (fried pork spring rolls), which in here, they call nem ran, along with Hoi An’s specialty, cao lau—a noodle dish with pork and shredded leafy veggies. Quite tasty.

Hoi An Ancient Town Tourists
HOI AN’S ANCIENT TOWN DURING THE AFTERNOONS—FULL OF TOURISTS

And then it was the old town for us. Wandering along its narrow streets, checking out the museums, walking along the riverside, and trying out the local flavor.

Hoi An Ancient Town Yellow House
DETAIL OF A TYPICAL HOUSE AT THE OLD TOWN

Hoi An Ancient Town Tea Vendor
MORNING TEA BY THE SIDEWALK AT THE HISTORIC CENTER

Hoi An’s Ancient Town is far too crowded during the afternoons, so we went back early the next day, this time using Kiman’s bikes. And our early morning jaunt was so worth it. The town transforms to how it must’ve looked before, there were hardly anyone around while the shops were still all closed.

Kiman Hotel Hoi An Breakfast Buffet
BUFFET BREAKFAST AT KIMAN, THEY HAVE NEM RAN AND UNLIMITED LAUGHING COW!

We actually went before breakfast and biked back to our hotel as the streets began to fill with people. Again, we ate our hearts off with the in-house restaurants choice of Vietnamese and International dishes. I like how varied their local offerings are and they even have my dear cha gio! I mean, nem ram, lol. Their staff were not only beautiful, but extremely helpful, explaining to us non-Vietnamese peeps what exactly we were putting on our plates.

Kiman Hotel Hoi An Swimming Pool
THE SWIMMING POOL, WHICH WE DIDN’T GET TO USE

On our last day, we were torn on simply swimming at the pool or biking several kilometers to the nearby An Bang Beach. Yes, we heard they have a couple of beaches near the hotel. And we simply cannot pass the opportunity on seeing and swimming on it. Anyways, we were told to just head straight along the road across our hotel until we meet the sea. And that we did. The ride was easy enough if not for the huge buses and trucks that we have to share the road with.

Hoi An An Bang Beach
STORMY AN BANG BEACH

Hoi An An Bang Beach
BASKET BOATS ALONG THE SHORE

And after what seemed like an eternity of contending with rumbling eight-wheeler vehicles, the sea finally welcomed us. It was an overcast day and the waves were quite strong. It really wasn’t the welcome we were hoping for, but well, at least we got to see the beach.

~ KIMAN HOTEL HOSTED OUR STAY IN HOI AN. VIEWS AND OPINIONS, ALL MINE.

 

Kiman Hotel & Spa Hoi An
Address: 461-463 Hai Ba Trung, Hoi An, Quang Nam
Contact Number: (84-235) 3920 430
Email: sales@kimanhoianhotel.com
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GPS Coordinates Map: 15.887667, 108.328030

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Monday, September 25, 2017

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