Oh how I wish I listened to most of the reviews here on T.A. I just can't hear the word "village" and not think that it will be a charming and quiet locale full of locals working on their handicraft. And after going to Ba Trang pottery village, which is just that, I was hoping Van Phuc would be the silk equivalent.
But alas, it is as many previous reviewers have commented - nothing special or interesting. I couldn't even find the shops that actually spin the silk. Perhaps it's less busy in November (I was the only non-Vietnamese person there) and this activity is not done all year?
If you must go, it's worth hiring a guide or asking a local Vietnamese friend to take you, just to make sure you see all there is to see. As already noted, you only need an hour or two. I think this place is of most interest to people who want to buy fabric rather than ready-made items, because the latter are more readily available in Hanoi's Old Quarter. While I didn't see a lot of fabric, what I did see was beautiful and soft.
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