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Hoi An Silk Village

Hoi An silk village is a traditional craft village nearly 300 years old. Coming here, you will be able to observe firsthand the silk production process, explore local life and culture, and enjoy especially unique products. Let’s explore this beautiful traditional craft village with Origin Vietnam.

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1. Where is Hoi An silk village?

Hoi An Silk Village is located at 28 Nguyen Tat Thanh Street, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. About 27 km from Da Nang city and about 120 km southeast of Hue city.

2. How is Hoi An silk village unique?

Faced with the risk of the Quang handicraft weaving industry disappearing, Hoi An silk village has been “revived” to both preserve the traditional silk weaving formula and promote the long-standing cultural quintessence of the craft village. Following in the footsteps of tourists, Hoi An silk products are becoming more and more popular both domestically and internationally.

Hoi An Silk Village is one of the most famous Hoi An tourist destinations. Coming here, in addition to shopping for genuine Hoi An silk products, you also have the opportunity to learn in the most authentic way about the silk weaving profession in Quang with a history of more than 300 years.

Furthermore, this is also a place to display and preserve the traditional craft of silk weaving. Hoi An silk village recreates the lives of weaving artisans, helping you from near and far learn about the origins of the “maritime silk road” in the 17th century.

In addition, visiting the silk village, you will also learn about the process to create soft silk. From growing mulberries, raising silkworms, reeling silk to spinning and weaving silk will be recreated in the most specific and realistic way. This area also has restaurants, hotels, and galleries. Tourists will be able to visit, rest, and shop when coming to Hoi An.

3. History of Hoi An silk village

Especially, around the 16th and 17th centuries, the silk industry in Dang Trong flourished. Hoi An weaving villages at that time were famous for the process of growing mulberries, raising silkworms, taking cocoons to grow silk, and weaving silk completely by hand. Thus, it creates quality silk products to serve kings, nobility, as well as export abroad.

Merchants from Eastern and Western countries soon realized the value and potential of silk weaving in Quang Nam and sought to buy raw silk and other types of silk here. That contributed to turning Hoi An commercial port into an important “link” in the “maritime silk road” at that time.

Besides, along with the development of the silk village, Hoi An silk will have the opportunity to more widely reach domestic and international tourists. Through other craft villages in the country as well as the Asian Silk Association, World Silk Association, etc. The future destination of the silk village is to become the leading distribution center of silk products in Vietnam.

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4. Entrance ticket prices and opening hours of Hoi An silk village

4.1 Experiencing it yourself

Because, Hoi An silk village is an ideal tourist destination for many tourists. Therefore, the village is open from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m to visit and learn about the life of a once famous craft village. You will have to spend money to buy sightseeing tickets for 50,000 VND/visit. In addition, you can also combine sightseeing, then eating with a buffet ticket price at the silk village of 300,000 VND/trip.

4.2 Taking a short tour

Currently, Hoi An silk village has become an indispensable destination in the tour programs of many travel and tourism companies. Depending on needs, visitors can choose a long or short tour. The specific schedule is as follows:

  • Time: 8:00 – 17:00 daily
  • Ticket price: 100,000 VND/trip
  • Tour time: 45 minutes with guide

You will learn briefly about the process of making Hoi An silk. In addition, you can also personally experience the stages of reeling and weaving silk like a true craftsman.

4.3 Taking a long tour

  • Time: 9:00 or 14:00 daily
  • Ticket price: 560,000 VND/trip
  • Tour time: 4 hours, with tour guide

Besides, with a long tour, you will learn deeply and thoroughly about the process and techniques of silk making. In addition, you can also weave silk yourself under the enthusiastic guidance of artisans. Finally, you will have lunch in Hoi An or dinner at the silk village restaurant with many traditional dishes and local specialties.

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5. When is the best time to visit Hoi An silk village?

Actually, Hoi An is beautiful in every season, each season has its own characteristics that attract tourists. Particularly from late August to January, Hoi An is in the rainy season, the old town is much more romantic and quiet. If you intend to travel to Hoi An silk village at this time, pay attention to the weather.

Especially, from January to August, the weather is dry, very favorable for sightseeing. Because it is an indoor Hoi An tourist destination, visiting the silk village is not too affected by the weather. However, you need to arrange a specific schedule to make the trip more complete.

6. How to get to Hoi An silk village?

6.1 By plane

In order to go to Hoi An, you need to take a flight to Da Nang which is the most convenient. Flights from Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi or other international flights to Da Nang. Moreover, from Da Nang airport, there are two most popular means of getting to Hoi An and the silk village: by taxi or bus.

  • Taxi: this is a very popular means of transport here. You can easily catch a taxi at the airport and it takes 45 – 55 minutes to get to Hoi An. A taxi trip costs 350,000 – 450,000 VND, depending on the type of vehicle.
  • Bus: this type of vehicle is suitable for tourists who want to save money or like to visit the whole trip. You can catch bus number 1 (from Da Nang central bus station – Hoi An bus station) with Price is only 25,000 VND/turn.

6.2 By train

If you go by train, you will get off at Da Nang station or Tra Kieu station. Travel time from Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi to Da Nang will take 15 – 20 hours. Then continue to choose a taxi or bus to travel to Hoi An and visit the silk village.

6.2 By bus

If you do not want to stop by Da Nang but go directly to Hoi An, you still have direct buses from Ho Chi Minh City – Hoi An, or Hanoi – Hoi An. You can consider popular bus companies such as Thien An, The Sinh Tourist, Hanh Café,…

6.4. By motorbike

From Da Nang, you can completely drive your motorbike to Hoi An to save money. There are two main routes:

  • Follow Highway 1 south, turn into Vinh Dien. Going this direction, you will visit Bang An Cham Tower.
  • Cross the Han River bridge, follow the Da Nang – Hoi An provincial road. This route will be convenient for those who want to combine visiting Marble Mountains.
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7. Activities and Experiences in Hoi An silk village

As the only address that still has precious genetic resources of mulberries, Hoi An silk village attracts many tourists. This is also the place to preserve the handmade silk weaving formula from the Champa – Dai Viet period. When you come to the silk village, you will see with your own eyes the ancient looms – tools for making premium silk.

7.1. Visiting the traditional Ruong house in the silk village in Hoi An

Stepping inside the silk village space, visitors will admire the traditional communal house of Hoi An. The Ruong house is a remaining relic, collected everywhere to exhibit and display for visitors.

The communal house has a large area, in the middle is the place to worship Lady Tam Tang or also Mrs. Doan Thi Ngoc – Doan Quy Phi, later appointed queen. She is a person who contributed greatly to preserving and developing traditional weaving, and was the first person to find ways to bring Hoi An silk to the world.

7.2. Admiring the collection of ao dai and traditional costumes of 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups

The traditional house in Hoi An silk village is a place to display many silk products, through a collection of ao dai of 54 ethnic groups across Vietnam. Currently, this place has about 100 sets of Ao Dai representing Vietnamese culture throughout 3,000 years of history. To date, these products are still symbols of peak aesthetics, expressing the charm and elegance of Vietnamese women.

The costumes of the 54 ethnic groups most clearly reflect the cultural and human diversity of the country. The display area is impressively and scientifically decorated. Not only is it a tourist destination for domestic tourists, the silk village also attracts many international tourists, spreading and popularizing Vietnamese cultural values.

7.3. Visiting the ancient mulberry garden of Hoi An silk village

When traveling to Hoi An silk village, visitors can also visit the ancient mulberry tree that dates back to the ancient Champa period. The tree was brought from Que Son land to the silk village in 2012, with a wide canopy and over 10 meters high. The special thing is that the tree has unique bird-foot-shaped leaves, not hybridized compared to today’s modern strawberry varieties.

In addition to the ancient mulberry tree, visitors can also learn about the gourd leaf mulberry variety of Quang Nam. This is a plant with high technical care requirements. To be able to harvest a lot of leaves, people have to cut the leaves according to the season. Each year there will be 8 generations of mulberry leaves to provide for 8 generations of silkworms.

7.4. Visiting the silk products showroom

The silk products showroom is an area displaying silk products, with many colors and designs. Visitors can also wear silk costumes, produced directly by village artisans. Not only that, you can also learn how to weave silk on wooden looms. This will definitely be an interesting and unique experience when traveling to Hoi An.

7.5. Learning how to distinguish between real and fake Hoi An silk

Visiting Hoi An silk village, visitors will also be shown how to distinguish real silk from fake silk. According to village artisans, fake silk is now produced very sophisticatedly, with the same softness and smoothness. If you want to distinguish quality, you can only use fire.

Real silk will not catch fire, have white smoke, smell like burning hair and will not clump. Blended silk is also difficult to catch fire but has a burning smell like burned paper. Fake silk is very easy to catch fire, has black smoke, and when burned, it clumps like nylon.

7.6 Learning about Cham culture and the weaving process of the Cham people

Coming to Hoi An silk village, you will not only be able to see the finished products but will also be able to witness firsthand the process of raising silk and weaving fabric according to the formula of the ancient Cham people.

Cham culture has existed for a long time and is very famous in Southeast Asia. The weaving process of the Cham people is very meticulous from choosing cotton to making fibers. One of the details that makes the Cham fabric unique is the ancient pattern that is meticulously woven. Each weaver carefully counts the threads and threads them together, creating extremely eye-catching, precise patterns on the fabric.

7.7 Visiting a Cham weaving house

After cooking, each strand of silk will be attached to the frame and the weaving process will begin. This is the step most loved by many tourists. You will see with your own eyes and be able to try your hand at the process of creating beautiful silk fabrics with sophisticated patterns.

All looms from ancient Champa to modern times are displayed at Hoi An silk village for visitors to visit.

7.8 Visiting the Nine Palaces

The Nine Palaces is also one of the remaining relics in the space of Hoi An silk village. This place displays antiques related to traditional craft villages collected from everywhere to exhibit and display for visitors.

7.9 Hand-weave shiny silk sheets

Not only visiting and sightseeing, but visitors can completely experience picking mulberry leaves to feed the silkworms, cooking cocoons, and weaving silk under the guidance of skilled artisans in the silk village.

7.10. Visiting Hoi An silk village buffet restaurant

The last stop on the journey to discover Hoi An silk village is the buffet restaurant to recharge the energy lost during the long trip. The restaurant is designed with an open space and eye-catching decoration on bamboo baskets. This place serves traditional dishes of Hoi An such as: cao lau, banh xeo, Quang noodles, rose cake, banh beo,…

A special feature here is that all service staff wear traditional uniforms. The space is like a countryside market, very rustic and hometown.

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8. Accommodation when traveling to Hoi An silk village

Because Hoi An silk village is located right in the heart of Hoi An Ancient Town, it is very convenient for you to have many accommodation options and easily move between other attractions.

8.1 Resorts:

  • La Siesta Hoi An Resort & Spa. Address: 132 Hung Vuong, Thanh Ha, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • Osaka Riverside Villa & Spa. Address: Cam Ha, Hoi An City, Quang Nam.
  • A Little Luxury Hotel & Spa. Address: 86 Tran Hung Dao, Minh An Ward, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • Christina’s Hoi An. Address: Tra Que Vegetable Village, Cam Ha, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • Hoi An Ancient House Resort & Spa. Address: 377 Cua Dai, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • Kiman Hoi An Hotel & Spa. Address: 461- 463 Hai Ba Trung, Tan An, city. Hoi An, Quang Nam.

8.2 Hotels:

  • Hoi An Odyssey Hotel. Address: Tran Trung Tri, Cam Nam, City. Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • Hoi An Estuary Villa. Address: Tan Thinh, Cam An, Hoi An City, Quang Nam.
  • Ivy Villa. Address: 168 Nguyen Duy Hieu, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • Hoi An River Town Hotel. Address: 26 Thoai Ngoc Hau, Cam Pho Ward, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • Little Town Villa. Address: 239 Nguyen Duy Hieu, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • Melody Boutique Villa. Address: 01 Phan Ngoc Nhan, Cam Ha, Hoi An, Quang Nam.

8.3 Homestays

  • Phuong Vi Homestay. Address: 39 Nguyen Truong To, Son Phong, Hoi An City, Quang Nam.
  • Coconut Garden Homestay. Address: 122 Nguyen Khoa, Cam Nam, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • Horizon Homestay Hoi An. Address: 23 Xuan Dieu, Tan An, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • An Hoi Town Homestay. Address: 109 Nguyen Phuc Tan, Minh An Ward, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • Mama’s House Homestay. Address: 06 Nguyen Duc Canh, Tan An, Hoi An, Quang Nam.

9. Some other famous tourist attractions near Hoi An silk village

Around the Hoi An silk village area, there are many attractive attractions. Tourists can combine the following for their trip:

9.1 Thanh Ha Pottery Village

Thanh Ha is a long-standing traditional craft village located on the Thu Bon River with a history of more than 500 years. Under the hands of dedicated artisans who diligently breathe life into the land day and night, inanimate objects become lively and valuable over time.

Visiting Thanh Ha pottery village, visitors can also witness the pottery making process, from shaping to putting it in the kiln. Surely, these will be interesting experiences for those who love to explore during their Hoi An – Da Nang travel journey.

9.2 Tra Que vegetable village

Coming to Tra Que not only to see vegetables, visitors can also transform into true farmers. You will be personally cared for and experience picking vegetables. Activities such as walking, cycling, buffalo riding among vegetable paths, etc. are always popular. In addition, visitors can also enjoy traditional Quang dishes and receive interesting cooking instructions.

9.3 Hoi An Covered Bridge

This is a bridge located in the ancient town of Hoi An spanning a small creek. Amidst the crowd, Cau Pagoda quietly closes itself, quietly witnessing the flow and unique cultural interference of time. You may not know, the image of this bridge was also chosen to be printed on the back of the 20,000 VND bill, an architectural work of great significance.

9.4 Cua Dai Beach

Cua Dai Beach is about 5 km from Hoi An city center, with a charming stretch of white sand. This is also the meeting place of three rivers: De Vong, Truong Giang and Thu Bon. Visiting Cua Dai beach, visitors can walk on the sand to watch the sunrise, enjoy the fresh air, bask in the soft sand,… All bring an incredible feeling of relaxation and peace.

9.5 Check-in Hoi An ancient town

Hoi An is famous for its traditional architecture, the quiet moss of each tiled roof and each row of trees. Currently, this place still retains its cultural values ​​intact with more than 1,000 structures from houses to streets, assembly halls, temples, churches, ancient wells… Coming to Hoi An, you will be captivated by the simplicity and simplicity of nature. Hoi An’s honest and kind people also leave a deep impression and make visitors miss them.

10. Some important notes when visiting Hoi An silk village

To make your visit to Hoi An silk village meaningful and complete, you should refer to some necessary notes below:

  • The appropriate time to visit the silk village is from early February to late July. Hoi An’s weather in general is the dry season at this time, it is sunny, with little rain, very suitable for traveling and experiencing.
  • You should choose the morning or early afternoon to visit the silk village because the experience space is mainly indoors. If you have a buffet at the silk village, you should go in the morning to visit and enjoy the traditional dishes here.
  • Please keep your admission ticket throughout the tour, because it is likely that you will be re-checked at any point in the silk village area.
  • When visiting, you should choose appropriate and polite clothing. Avoid jostling, pushing or raising voices in crowded areas.

The handloom weaving profession in Hoi An silk village needs to continue to be preserved and developed more and more strongly. To affirm the position of traditional Hoi An silk products in both domestic and international markets. It has become a unique cultural beauty unique to Hoi An Ancient Town.

If you are preparing for your upcoming vacation to Hoi An silk village, please immediately contact Origin Vietnam – a professional tour operator. We will provide more detailed and useful information about the destination. We also accompany you on your tours in Hoi An with attractive activities and the most interesting experiences.

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