Hanoi’s ancient silk weaving village of Van Phuc

A day trip from Hanoi to the two famous traditional handicraft villages, including Van Phuc Silk Village will be a perfect trip to explore the traditional crafts of Vietnam as well as learn more about Vietnamese culture.

Entrance gate of Van Phuc Silk Village - Hanoi day trip

Van Phuc Silk Village is located about 10km from the legendary Hoan Kiem Lake. Up to now, it has been still remained the original features of an ancient village of Vietnam with age old banyan trees, wells and communal house.

For a long time, people have known the name of Van Phuc for its traditional sericulture, weaving and silk products. Visiting the village, tourists are surely attracted by various beautiful shirts, crafts, ties, dresses and many other items of Vietnamese silk. Particularly, the silk of Van Phuc is different from others since it is weaved by very simple looms, which is the genuinely traditional Vietnamese way of making silk fabric.

Old looms from early 19th century - Hanoi day trip

Loom to weave silk in Van Phuc Village - Hanoi day trip

People say that silk has been considered as an extreme luxury, on par with rhinoceros horn, ivory and precious handworks in Vietnam for several centuries. It has long been a universal byword of luxury, which is often worn by the richest and most powerful citizens. Perhaps many people might wonder where the cradle of Vietnamese silk lies. Of course, Van Phuc Silk Village is proud to be the origin of Vietnam’s best silk and silk-making industry, dated back to the long-lasting history of more than two thousand years. Witnessing many ups and downs, the village’s silk craft has revived in order to meet the increasing demand for silk of both domestic and foreign markets.

Today, the fine and lustrous cloth that originates from the cocoon of the silkworm is more affordable to “ordinary” folk. Furthermore, silk is currently enjoying a fashion renaissance, particularly since its many varieties can be made into a wide range of designs suitable for all facets of modern life. Should you intend to have a silk pair of formal clothes made, just come here and select the materials that suit you, and professional tailors will bring you satisfaction!

Drying silk in Van Phuc Village - Hanoi day trip

Silk in Van Phuc Village - Hanoi day trip to traditional handicraft village

Like other visitors to the village, you will be surprised at this “silk shop town”, where almost all houses along the paths have been turned into shops selling silk products. The village is now home to 1,280 households, with 90% involved in silk production and business. More than 2 million meters of silk are produced here each year. Most importantly, coming here offers you a good chance to explore the Vietnamese traditional industry of silk-making.

No tourists here are left discontented when they glimpse the variety of glistening silk products. They are always confronted with an initially bewildering array of silk items, from raw materials to garments, and a myriad of silk accessories. The local silk is known for its smooth and lightweight appearance, and of qualities that enable it to be dyed more colors to suit a variety of skin tones. In order to cater to the changing demands and tastes of customers, Van Phuc silk producers are expanding their silk and garment repertoire: traditional glossy, embroidered silks, double layers, wrinkled silks, and of course, more colors, hues and weights, for which they have invented new techniques in dying and thermo-processing of the threads.

People are fancy of Vietnamese silk of Van Phuc - Hanoi day trip

Silk products are sold in Van Phuc  - Hanoi day trip

If you are going to buy something from Vietnam to bring back as a gift for those at home, all types of silk and clothes made of silk of your choice are available in the village. Though the days when Vietnam’s silk was reserved for nobility are long past, what will never change is the sense of romance and luxury imparted by silk, a luminous type of cloth. With 2000 years of history behind them, the silk weavers of Van Phuc Silk village are still busy, weaving dreams.

short trip from Hanoi to traditional handicraft villages will be a great chance for you to explore the silk of Van Phuc as well as the pottery of Bat Trang, two famous treasures of Hanoi.

(Source VNE   http://eleganthanoi.com/hanois-ancient-silk-weaving-village-van-phuc/)

 

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The lotus season in Hanoi

I woke up at 5am and rode my motorbike to the West Lake. Around that area, there are many flower villages. I went to one of them which is located near the West Lake Water Park, in order to take photos of a lotus lake and some activities that only take place in the early hours of the morning.
The lotus season in Hanoi starts from June and lasts 3 months. Every morning from 5am to 7am, the local residents, who own the lotus lakes, tour around the lakes on very small boats (in Vietnamese, we call them “thuyền thúng”) and pick both flowers and leaves, following the orders from their clients who are waiting on the bank. This is a wholesale business. Any business people, who want to buy lotus flowers cheaply, go there to buy flowers directly from the lake owners, then sell them at their shops in Hanoi. We also can see lotus flowers on the back side of street vendors’ bicycles. Some Hanoians also go to the lotus lakes in early morning and buy flowers for their houses. The lotus flower is not only beautiful, but also has a very good smell. 

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So I got into the lotus lake at around 6am. I watched a local man standing on a very small boat and touring on his lake. Later I found out his name was Mr. Quang. Sometimes he was back with flowers and handed them to the women waiting for him on the bank. I also watched how people covered the lotus flowers with the leaves, then packed them with bamboo strings and put them into their bikes before leaving for Hanoi’s markets. 

A woman and her son were sitting on the road and taking off the inner parts of the lotus flowers. They will be mixed with tea, as a result, the tea will have a very good smell, in Vietnamese we call it “chè sen” (lotus tea). I asked the woman whether it was possible for me to join the boat with Mr. Quang. She said certainly I could, but I should wait until he finished working. I wondered how it would be, if I could rent a boat and get out on my own. She said it would be impossible, since the boat and long pole may be stuck inside the roots of those lotus trees, 

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When Mr. Quang was back, I told him I wanted to join the boat with him and he agreed. His house (a 3-storey building) is located by the lake and he also has a small tent right on the lake, so I went to his tent and waited for him. I changed into a white Áo Dài (Vietnamese traditional dress) and Mr. Quang’s wife gave me her conical hat and a bunch of lotus flowers. Problem is that I went there alone, so we needed to find someone to help me take photos. The boat is too small, so close-up photos would not be good like a great view of the lake, when someone stands on the bank or sits on another boat to take photos of me. 

As soon as I stepped my foot on the boat, Mr. Quang smiled and said “Look at the crowd!” who were standing on the other side of the lake. I wondered why suddenly there appeared so many people (more than 20 people) watching every move of our boat and taking photos. It turned out that they were 

Japanese tourists passing by the place and saw my Áo Dài and the boat. It must have been a beautiful Vietnamese sight for them. 

We were moving toward the bank, where the Japanese tourists were standing. Mr. Quang saw his friend there and asked him to help me take some photos. Mr. Quang also thought that was the best place for taking photos, as the leaves are high and large, I could stand up and be surrounded by green color of the leaves. I handed my camera to his friend, but when we moved far away from the bank and I stood up, his friend struggled with using my camera and there was no way I could be back and explain him how to use my camera. I said “Please help me!” in Japanese, and a Japanese girl offered me a help with some shots by my camera. 

Mr. Quang said that some brides and grooms also went to the lotus lake for taking their wedding photos. My photos were not as good as I expected, since there were only 2 people on the bank who could help me take my shots and they were too far from 

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me. I should have been there with a photographer or a friend, but I didn’t want to bother someone to go with me at 5am in the morning. At the end of the boat trip, I gave Mr. Quang VND 100,000 as a tip. 

The boat ride on the lotus lake was the most interesting experience for me, when comparing with the boat rides on the bay, river or stream I’ve done. Imagine you are sitting on a very small and light boat controlled by a long pole, managing to keep the boat balanced, finding your way among the leaves and flowers (sometimes your boat hits them), holding flowers in your hands, having some worms sticking on your dress and the mud made your white dress dirty. 

I said to Mr. Quang “This beautiful place in Hanoi should be preserved. We should not make this place become a land of concrete buildings” and he agreed with me.

Hanoi _girl 

(http://www.travelblog.org/Asia/Vietnam/Red-River-Delta/Hanoi/blog-287912.html)

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Flower bikes make Hanoi romantic

Every visitor to Hanoi in any day will meet a very popular image – flower bikes roaming around on the roads, from the big streets to small lanes, in sunny days or even rainy days, but the flowers on the bikes are different from day to day, month to month and season to season. As such, there is a saying that just by looking at the flower bikes along the streets of Hanoi, one can know it is spring or autumn in this place.

Hanoians prefer buying flowers from mobile flower shops - Hanoi attractionsIf people in Saigon often take flowers from shops, most people in Hanoi prefer buying flowers from “mobile flower shops” arranged on bikes or carried by bamboo baskets along streets.

Hanoi with seasonal flowers - hanoi guideHanoi has four distinct seasons and each has its own flower.

Peach blossoms mark another spring reaching Hanoi - Hanoi attractions

Hanoi becomes colorful with peach blossoms in spring - seasons in HanoiHanoi welcomes the spring with pink peach blossoms.

Hanoi welcomes april with lily - Hanoi attractionsWhile its April is covered by white color and pure scent of Lily.

Sunflowers make May of Hanoi more beautiful - Hanoi guideMay reaches Hanoi with the image of yellow sunflowers.

Lotus in summer in Hanoi - Hanoi seasons

Lotus bikes along streets in summer in Hanoi - things to do in HanoiLotus shows its most charming beauty and perfume in sunny summer

hanoi-with-seasonal-flowersCrystal gems in fall

Flowers in Hanoi

x-eye daisy season in Hanoi - - Hanoi attractions

Ox-eye daisies in November

Flower bikes - special feature of Hanoi - Hanoi culture toursBicycles bringing flowers from Nhat Tan, Quang Ba flower villages or neighboring provinces to Hanoi become a very special feature of this place.

Flower bikes make Hanoi be differ from others - Hanoi attractions

Flower bikes make Hanoi more romantic and poetic.

(http://eleganthanoi.com/flower-bikes-hanoi-romantic/)

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Press Release: Hanoi Youth Hostel announces ownership change

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 Hanoi Youth Hostel announces ownership change

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Ms. Kelly Nguyen has become the new owner of Hanoi Youth Hostel since date 28th February 2014. Hanoi Youth Hostel is located at 5 Luong Ngoc Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam. Hanoi Youth Hostel belongs to Hien Hai Travel and Trading Company Limited. Ms. Kelly Nguyen is the legal representative of Hien Hai Travel and Trading Company Limited.

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This cozy hostel is packed with all the amenities you would expect in hostel including: clean, safe, and spacious dorm rooms with FREE breakfast, FREE lockers, FREE wifi, FREE towel, a bar with many games at the lobby.

Relax and enjoy the leisure facilities of the Hanoi Youth Hostel which include a 24h bar with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, a Internet cafe, a flat screen TV with international satellite television channels.

The 24 hour front desk service can provide you laundry services, motor rental,  tour to Sapa, Halong Bay, Cat Ba, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Sai Gon, bus, train or flight ticket, airport taxi transfer, visa extension etc.

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Street food in Vietnam

 By Sivan Askayso

Sivan Askayo is an editorial and commercial photographer specializing in Travel, Food, Portraits and Lifestyle.

vietnam, Street Food, Travel, Ho Chi Minn

It took me only one day in Vietnam to realize the Vietnamese mothers are actually like the Jewish mothers; They like feeding people. It took me only one day to realize the Vietnamese are also like Israelis; Food is at the very heart of their culture. Almost every aspect of social, spiritual, and family life, revolves around food.

In Vietnam, food is everywhere in sight. In every street corner, a woman pulls out plastic stalls around a a dish, or a huge pot of soup. At each train stop, vendors rush up to the passengers, offering homemade treats such as shrimp cakes, sticky rice, grilled corn, mango or pineapple covered with sweet red chilly flakes, sun dried squid, dried fish, dried fruits, little black dotted eggs or French baguette. The Vietnamese cooking is fresh, healthy and light, and more over, colorful and beautiful to behold; Yellow corn, pinkish-orange shrimps, deep orange crabs, red hot chilly peppers, vivid greens, pearl-color glassy noodles.

In Ho Chi Minn I was drawn immediately to Ben Thanh Market, a popular and touristy destination, watching the women washing, peeling, cutting, cooking and serving food. And in Hanoi, I visited particular street vendors who were located in the alleys around the hotel I was staying in. I learned to recognize the specific type of food for every hour of the day; pork sausages on skews served as a morning snack for kids before they go to school, grilled pork in a marinade of sweetened fish sauce with a side of rice vermicelli for their parents, airy baguettes, then throughout the day one can find pork and mushroom dumplings, spicy Pho noodle soup, white porridge soup served with crunchy croutons, grilled seafood on skews, rice noodles in so many variations, and of course, the Vietnamese coffee; thick, rich with a sweetened condensed milk, that makes it all worth it.

Quick tip: If a place is busy, it’s almost certainly fine to eat there. Don’t eat anywhere with slow turnover (this includes fancy-yet empty restaurants) and make sure to drink a lot of water.

Bon Appetite!

Vietnam, Travel, Street Food, Ho Chi Minn

Vietnam, Travel, Street Food, Ho Chi Minn

Vietnam, Travel, Street Food, Ho Chi Minn

Vietnam, Travel, Street Food, Ho Chi Minn

Vietnam, Travel, Street Food, Ho Chi Minn

Vietnam, Travel, Street Food, Ho Chi Minn

Vietnam, Travel, Street Food, Ho Chi Minn

Vietnam, Travel, Street Food, Ho Chi Minn

Vietnam, Travel, Street Food, Ho Chi Minn

Vietnam, Travel, Street Food, Ho Chi Minn

Vietnam, Travel, Street Food, Ho Chi Minn

Vietnam, Travel, Street Food, Ho Chi Minn

Vietnam, Travel, Street Food, Ho Chi Minn

Vietnam, Travel, Street Food, Ho Chi Minn

Vietnam, Travel, Street Food, Ho Chi Minn

Vietnam, Travel, Street Food, Ho Chi Minn

Vietnam, Travel, Street Food, Ho Chi Minn

SOURCE: http://sivanaskayoblog.com/?s=vietnam

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