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Published: January 19th 2015
We were up early again this morning as we were catching the train from Dong Hoi to Danang in order for us to get to Hoi An. We enjoyed another delish breakfast before saying goodbye to everyone who was awake at the Phong Nha Lake House Resort. The staff and owner are more that obliging and nothing is too much trouble. A couple of things that stood out to us were little things like bringing out blankets for everyone of a night time as it was quite cool. The owner also happily gave us panadol for Dani when she wasn’t well and even offered to look after Dani if she wasn’t well enough to go on the tour. It’s little things like this that make a place special.
Our driver took us to the train station and we were boarded and off by 7.40am
The train took us through many villages along the way and there was a constant offering to buy different foods and drinks. They had excellent service.
We had a bit of a scare about half way through our ride. At one stop, a couple hopped on and told us that we were sitting in
their seats. The resort had organized our train tickets and it turns out that they had given us the wrong days’ tickets. We had tickets for a family travelling the following day! We had a bit of a panic but luckily there were still some spare seats so we moved all our gear down the carriage a bit.
On arrival at Danang train station a driver was waiting there to pick us up to take us to our Hotel in Hoi An. We arrived at the Kiman Hotel in about 30mins and were welcomed at reception before being taken up to our room. We booked inter-connecting rooms and they were roomy and quite modern.
Pretty much straight away after unpacking some gear we were out the door and walking into the Ancient Town. Our hotel was located 800m from the centre of town. Really wasn’t far to walk at all. There was so much to look at along the way.
We walked straight to the river and walked over the bridge and into a modern Vietnamese Café called Fusion. We were starving by this point and were desperate for a cuppa! I ordered a Banh Mi, Stu
had Bun Cha with pork and Zav ordered a Sesame chicken salad with the most delicious coconut dressing, Dani ordered club sandwich and Frankie had fish and chips. The meals were beautiful and the drinks were great as well. Had my best ½ strength latte here since being on holidays!
We walked around for a couple of more hours after lunch exploring the Covered Japanese Bridge, as well as little alleyways that seem to pop up from nowhere. This is an exciting little town with so much to see everywhere you look. We headed back to the hotel by 6.30pm. None of us were really hungry at this stage as we had had a late lunch.
Stu booked me in for a foot massage for 8pm within the hotel. The hour long massage was $20, which is quite a bit more than other massage places here but is still a really good price compared to home! The foot massage was fairly good. Not the best I’ve had, but not the worst. It was a nice relaxing way to end the day
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