Hoian Silk Village is one of the oldest handicraft villages in Hoian which is more than 300 years old. The village attracts both local and foreign tourists coming to visit as it offers a unique experience of learning the silk manufacturing process. So, if you wish to learn something about silk and traditional handicraft village, don’t forget to add this village to your schedule.
Hoi An Silk Village is a living museum of mulberry, silkworm, tools, and ways of Champa - Dai Viet textile and garment. Surrounded by mulberry and lotus gardens and other botanic farms, this place exhibits and celebrates the 300-year-old history of the Maritime Silk Route. Visiting the village, tourists have a chance to learn more about the cultural history of traditional silk, as well as costume culture at Hoian cultural heritage. Moreover, you can also shop for luxury Vietnamese textiles, handmade lanterns, high-end suits and dresses, taste the delicious food.
Location: located at 28 Nguyen Tat Thanh street, which is two kilometres northwest of Hoian Ancient Town.
It is easy to get to Hoi An Silk Village from Hoian ancient town. Most of the hotels in Hoian offer free bikes so you can borrow from the receptionist. If your hotel does not provide that service, you can hire a bicycle for 50.000 VND/ day to get to this village and other nearby destinations. You can also use cyclo to get there. Some visitors prefer walking too.
If you depart from Danang city, it’s better to use motorbikes, buses, or taxis. Renting motorbikes is about 120.000 VND/ day.
Entrance fee: Hoian Silk village was built to become a famous tourist destination, so you need to buy an entrance ticket to go inside to explore.
Hoi An silk village
Coming to Hoian Silk Village, you will have the opportunity to visit the ancient house which is called "ruong" house. It is a type of traditional old house of Vietnam, dating from the 19th century. The house has 3 compartments, 2 wings. In the largest house located in the center of the silk village, there is an altar of the Silk Queen, Tang Doan Quy Phi, who took an important role in encouraging silkworm farming in Hoian.
Another place to visit in the village is the showrooms of silk products, where thousands of textiles and various completed costumes are exhibited. There you can find silk fabrics in different colors and patterns, and learn how to differentiate between pure silk and artificial silk. The showroom has a collection of 100 costumes by 54 ethnic minority groups in Vietnam, a gallery of ao dai, traditional Vietnamese silk clothing for women.
Visit Hoi An silk village showroom
Learning the process to make silk is one of the main purposes why tourists coming here. Here, the guide will introduce you to the steps to make silk, from kinds of caterpillars, how to feed the caterpillar, to unraveling silk. You will be surprised by how hard the process is. To make qualified silk, you will need to use 40 cocoons. Depending on the quality and processing time, the price is different. High-quality yarn costs up to VND 1.800.000/ meter.
Learn process making silk
When in Hoian, especially Hoian Silk Village, do not miss your chance to buy some silk products as souvenirs for your beloved at home. That is also a great way to support local artisans. There is a wide range of items for you to choose from such as scarves, dresses, shirts, and tops… You can just buy pieces of fabric, then have your clothes made later. Hoian has hundreds of tailors in many shops where you can have your clothes made in different styles. The price is reasonable and the quality is great.
Buy souvenirs at Silk Village shop
There are two kinds of tours to Silk village daily. The tour includes pick-up and drop-off services, a welcome mulberry drink, bottled water, lunch or dinner at the Hoian Silk Village Restaurant, and a local guide.
You can start the tour anytime between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m daily. However, you will need to make your own way to the village if you take the short tour.
The tour is priced at VND 100,000, where you can visit all of the ancient houses, museums, and mulberry garden.
You need to book the tour in advance as we need time to arrange the tour. It includes hotel pick up, 4-course lunch or dinner. The tour can start anytime from 9:00 to 2:00 p.m.
A four-hour tour costs VND 400,000, where they can get a more hands-on experience of harvesting mulberry leaves, feeding silkworms, and deciphering between true and synthetic silk.
Silk Tour Hoi An
Hoi An Silk Village Resort and Spa is a 4-star hotel located inside the village. The hotel features 52 beautifully appointed guest rooms and offers an excellent variety of recreational facilities, including a private beach, fitness center, sauna, outdoor pool, spa. Staying at the resorts and spa, you will be surprised and impressed by a fresh and green atmosphere, luxurious guest rooms with a private balcony or terrace, and views of the pool, lake, and garden.
Restaurants in Hoian Silk Village have a peaceful setting overlooking the pool and tropical gardens and serves a wide selection of Western, Asian, and traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Traditional Quang Nam food like “cao lau” (a soup made with noodles, pork, and greens), “mi Quang” (noodles in Quang Nam’s style), and “com nieu” (rice cooked in an earthenware pot) are among the best Vietnamese dishes here in the restaurant.
Besides food, the drink here is amusing. I would recommend the refreshing and fruity Silk Village Mulberry drink which is made from local mulberry juice, lime juice, orange juice, sprite, and costs 55.000 VND. The drinks menu contains a standard selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, prices comparable to that of other restaurants around town, with local beers starting at 30,000 VND.
Hoi An silk village surrounding
Do not skip the refreshing drink in the Silk Village. It costs less than 3 USD, made from orange juice, lime juice, mulberry juice, and sprite.
Staying at hotels belonging to Silk group, you will be offered a free shuttle bus from the hotel to the village, you also do not need to buy an entrance ticket to enter this place.
Although the price for the silk and silk product in Hoian Silk village can be higher than it is in other shops in Hoian, the quality is great.