When it comes to Vietnamese silk, Hanoi has the best silk village and textiles. Its famous Van Phuc silk village (aka Ha Dong silk village) with a thousand year of history is where all the finest quality silk brought to life.
This village is just 8 kilometers south-west of Hanoi, making it convenient for a half-day visit. Take this to learn about the weaving process, and buy the products your heart desires at the original prices. Those can’t make the trip can get silk at specialty shops on Hang Gai (the silk street of Hanoi) like Khail Silk and Duc Loi Silk.
Things to bring back include the raw fabrics and ready-to-use stuff like scarves, Ao Dai, dresses, ties, cosmetic bags, and underwear bags.
BEST GIFTS FOR: The ties make the great gifts for the males while the scarves are something the females will love.
PRICES: From 150,000 VND ($6.50) per meter of silk fabric; 480,000 VND ($21) per scarf; 240,000 VND ($10.50) per cosmetic bag; the famous Khaisilk ties are from $30 to $50 per item
PORTABLE LEVEL: Easy to manage
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