Walking to the flower market near Tet Holiday to feel the spring is coming, taking photos as a souvenir or choosing the most beautiful flowerpots for indoor decoration on Tet Holiday is one of the features of Saigon people. On occasions near the Traditional New Year, the Saigon flower markets become crowded with buyers and sellers, which makes the whole streets lively. Maybe we also need to refer to the famous Tet flower markets in Saigon from past to present.
1.23/9 Park Flower Market
Address: Le Lai Street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Often opening from December 23 of the lunar calendar, Tet flower market in 23/9 Park, District 1 is the main focus of flowers and ornamental plants of gardeners in Ho Chi Minh City and the southwestern provinces. The market is divided into areas dedicated to flowers and ornamental plants such as apricot, peach, kumquat, orchid, daisies, crafts …
According to the habit, people in Ho Chi Minh City only shop hard on the 27,28,29,30 days close to the New Year. There are hundreds of flowerpots or ornamental plant pots of all sizes and designs with prices ranging from several hundred thousand to hundreds of millions of VND. Because of flowers’ vibrant yellow color and proximity to the West Quarter on Bui Vien Street, the apricot blossom zone attracts quite a lot of foreign visitors.
2.Binh Dong Wharf Flower Market
Address: Ben Binh Dong Street, Ward 14, District 8, Ho Chi Minh City
Starting on December 23 of the lunar calendar, flower farmers in the Mekong River Delta brought boats full of Tet flowers to Binh Dong wharf, District 8. Although not yet in the peak time of buying and selling Tet flowers, the busy atmosphere at Binh Dong wharf makes many Saigon people feel the Tet atmosphere.
The busy trade scene of the flower market on the pier under the boat creates the characteristic spring in Saigon. The boats full of Tet flower pots have long been familiar to people around the Binh Dong wharf area every spring coming back.
Most of the flowers here come from the Mekong River Delta’s provinces such as Tien Giang, Dong Thap, Ben Tre … At this unique flower market, we can find a wide variety of flowers to decorate the New Year such as apricot blossom, chrysanthemum, marigold, orchids … and also diverse in prices which help us chose easily.
3.Ho Thi Ky Flower Market
Address: Alley 52 Ho Thi Ky, Ward 1, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Thi Ky Flower Market is the first address many people think of when talking about fresh flowers in Saigon. It is the clue flower market of the city, so many people come here to buy flowers in the late afternoon. The flowers here are often diverse in types and colors and on the Tet occasion, they are richer.
The flower market imports flowers from Mekong River Delta, Da Lat and even in other countries, so there is no shortage of high-class flowers. Every year, the flower market offers a lot of beautiful and cheap flowers such as marigold, chrysanthemum, borage, gladiolus … to serve visitors at the end of the year.
The flower market is bustling all day and night, around 11:00 pm the market is empty so that the shop owners rest, and it re-operates at around 2.3am in the next morning. The new flowers are busily transferred to, giving off a sweet aroma.
4.Dam Sen Flower Market
Address: No. 39 Nguyen Van Phu, near Dam Sen Park
Dam Sen Market has a large scale with about 60 stalls inside the market and the shops around the market. The stalls inside the market are arranged into 2 rows neatly, leaving a wide path for visitors to buy flowers. Dam Sen Flower Market only operates from evening to early morning.
This place attracts visitors because of the concentration of many beautiful and strange flowers grown under modern technology such as Cherry blossom, Carnation, Gerbera, Lily, Gladiolus, Tulip, Narcissus. On Tet occasion, there are more Peach Blossom, Apricot Blossom, Marigold, Chrysanthemum and so on.
Each colorful flower under the electric light becomes sparkling fanciful, creating a unique feature for Dam Sen Flower Market. Every day the flower market provides places about 40 tons of fresh flowers and on the occasion of Tet holiday, the number of flowers provided can be up to hundreds of tons.
5.Hau Giang Flower Market
Address: Hau Giang Bridge foot, Hau Giang Street, District 6, Ho Chi Minh City
The stalls inside the market are arranged into 2 rows neatly in a large market, leaving a wide path for visitors to buy flowers. Hau Giang Flower Market only operates from about 0 am to dawn and is the busiest around 2.3 am, so during that time the market is full of flowers and the most crowded.
Flowers here are less diverse but always full according to the season. The most are roses and daisies imported mainly from Da Lat with many colors such as pink, yellow, white, red … each species has its own meaning. At the market, there are also many flower shops selling ready-made flower baskets for customers to buy. Flower prices at the market are also uniform and quite soft, so there is no need to pay when you come here