Dam Sen Flower Market in Ho Chi Minh City

Established in 2000, Dam Sen Flower Market in Nguyen Van Phu Street, District 11, Ho Chi Minh City has become one of the biggest wholesale and retail flower markets in the city. At first, the market has about 60 flower shops. More and more flower shops in alleys of Nguyen Van Phu Street have been open. The number of the shops is over 100 in recent. Coming to Nguyen Van Phu Street, visitors can not only buy beautiful flowers at cheap prices but also learn more about the unique local life.

General information

Location: Nguyen Van Phu Street, Ward 5, District 11, Ho Chi Minh City. CLICK HERE to see the location of Dam Sen Flower Market which is 8 km from Ben Thanh Market.

Opening hours: The market opens for 24 hours. During the day, the stores sell flowers and others products to customers and retailers at retail and wholesale. Flowers are shipped to retailers by motorbikes and three-wheel vehicles. At night, retailers in the city and other provinces in neighboring provinces come to the market to buy flowers and leaves at wholesale. Some retailers call vendors at Dam Sen Flower Market to order and the truck drivers transfer flowers to their shop. On normal days, trucks are allowed to transfer flowers to and out of the market from midnight to about 5:00 AM. At festivals, on holidays and celebrations, the trucks are allowed to stop in front of the main gate of the market by day and by night.

Dam Sen Flower Market

The main gate of Dam Sen Flower Market is only 3 m wide. Porters, shippers, customers crowd the main gate all the day. Security guards stand in front of the gate to make sure the market, vendors, customers and workers are safe. The market has steel columns, corrugated iron roofs and walls. The market is lightened with lots of light bulbs by night and by day. Above the path between two lines of stores, some lanterns hexagonal lanterns are hung. In each store, flowers and flower arrangement accessories are put in plastic buckets, hung on walls, the ceiling and lines.

main gate - Dam Sen Flower Market in Ho Chi Minh City

Above the main gate there are two sign boards read CHỢ HOA TƯƠI ĐẦM SEN, HỢP TÁC XÃ HOA TƯƠI ĐẦM SEN DAM SEN FRESH FLOWER MARKET, DAM SEN FRESH FLOWER COOPERATIVE). The flower market is always crowded with customers, shippers, porters.

Yellow, white, purple orchids in packages and bunches of gladiolus - Dam Sen Flower Market in Ho Chi Minh City

Yellow, white, purple orchids in packages and bunches of gladiolus.

Plastic, bamboo and wooden baskets and pots, decorations, gladiolus, dried baby's wreath, gerberas, lilies, daisies - Dam Sen Flower Market in Ho Chi Minh City

Plastic, bamboo and wooden baskets and pots, decorations, gladiolus, dried baby’s wreath, gerberas, lilies, daisies, etc.

Golden and red hexagonal lanterns with Chinese characters - Dam Sen Flower Market in Ho Chi Minh City

Golden and red hexagonal lanterns with Chinese characters.

Buckets of flowers are arranged in stores - Dam Sen Flower Market in Ho Chi Minh City

Buckets of flowers are arranged in stores.

Flower Stores around Dam Sen Flower Market

In comparison to flower stores inside the market, flower stores outside the market are brighter and more spacious. Flowers are arranged in houses and on pavements.

Bunches of gladiolus in red and yellow colors - Dam Sen Flower Market in Ho Chi Minh City

Bunches of gladiolus in red and yellow colors.

Flowers and leaves are arranged in plastic buckets in front of a fresh flower shop - Dam Sen Flower Market in Ho Chi Minh City

Flowers and leaves are arranged in plastic buckets in front of a fresh flower shop.

A dried flower shop - Dam Sen Flower Market in Ho Chi Minh City

A dried flower shop.

Customers simply stop motorbikes in front of flower shops on the street and choose favorite flowers - Dam Sen Flower Market in Ho Chi Minh City

Customers simply stop motorbikes in front of flower shops on the street and choose favorite flowers.

A vendor sell life plants at the crossroads of Nguyen Van Phu and Tong Van Tran Streets - Dam Sen Flower Market in Ho Chi Minh City

A vendor sell life plants at the crossroads of Nguyen Van Phu and Tong Van Tran Streets.

What to buy at Dam Sen Flower Market?

Fresh flowers

Marigolds, daisies, lilies - Dam Sen Flower Market in Ho Chi Minh City

Marigolds, daisies, lilies.

White and yellow daisies, yellow and pink gerberas in buckets - Dam Sen Flower Market in Ho Chi Minh City

White and yellow daisies, yellow and pink gerberas in buckets.

Baby's wreath flowers, daisies, carnations, Anthurium andraeanum (hồng môn), lilies - Dam Sen Flower Market in Ho Chi Minh City

Baby’s wreath flowers, daisies, carnations, Anthurium andraeanum (hồng môn), lilies.

Xerochrysum bracteatum (hoa bất tử) - Dam Sen Flower Market in Ho Chi Minh City

Xerochrysum bracteatum (hoa bất tử).

Tuberoses, carnations, sunflowers, showy prairie gentian - Dam Sen Flower Market in Ho Chi Minh City

Tuberoses, carnations, sunflowers, showy prairie gentian.

life plants - Dam Sen Flower Market in Ho Chi Minh City

Bunches of life plants.

Dried flowers and stalks

Some people prefer dried flowers to fresh flowers because dried flowers can be used to decorate their spaces for a long time.

Dried baby's wreath flowers in purple, blue, green, yellow, pink, orange colors - Dam Sen Flower Market in Ho Chi Minh City

Dried baby’s wreath flowers in purple, blue, green, yellow, pink, orange colors.

Flower arrangement tools

Everything for arranging flowers are sold at the market. Vases in different shapes and sizes are sold popularly at stores inside and outside the market. Most of them are made of ceramics. Baskets and flower wreath stands made of  bamboo, plastic and wood, bows, ribbons, decorative flowers can be found in the market.

Ceramic vases and decorative strings - Dam Sen Flower Market in Ho Chi Minh City

Ceramic vases and decorative strings.

Flower arrangement supplies such as baskets, plastic and paper flowers, bows - Dam Sen Flower Market in Ho Chi Minh City

Flower arrangement supplies such as baskets, plastic and paper flowers, bows.

Flower wreath stands made of bamboo - Dam Sen Flower Market in Ho Chi Minh City

Flower wreath stands made of bamboo.

Local life at Dam Sen Flower Market

More than 100 flower shops in Nguyen Van Phu Street, its alleys and neighboring streets have hundreds of workers, shippers, porters and sellers. They transfer flowers and leaves by big trucks, lorries, three-wheel vehicles, motorbikes, bicycles and carts.

A truck is full of packages of flowers and leaves from Dalat - Dam Sen Flower Market in Ho Chi Minh City

A truck is full of packages of flowers and leaves from Dalat.

When a truck arrives, lots of porters gather to transfer boxes of flowers to their stores - Dam Sen Flower Market in Ho Chi Minh City

When a truck arrives, lots of porters gather to transfer boxes of flowers to their stores.

A man read loudly names of stores written on papers on boxes or packages, porters wait for packages of their stores. A secretary usually writes down numbers, types of flowers, stores receiving packages.

A shipper drives bunches of daisies on his motorbike - Dam Sen Flower Market in Ho Chi Minh City

A shipper drives bunches of daisies on his motorbike.

Workers classify, arrange, divide dyed dried wheat stalks into small bunches - Dam Sen Flower Market in Ho Chi Minh City

Workers classify, arrange, divide dyed dried wheat stalks into small bunches in front of a flower shop.

Workers sleep on hammocks, panels and packages of flowers - Dam Sen Flower Market in Ho Chi Minh City

Workers sleep on hammocks, panels and packages of flowers.

A street food vendor push her food truck on the street to sell noodle soups to workers, vendors, sellers, porters, residents and customers. Prices of foods at street food carts are usually cheap - Dam Sen Flower Market in Ho Chi Minh City

A street food vendor push her food truck on the street to sell noodle soups to workers, vendors, sellers, porters, residents and customers. Prices of foods at street food carts are usually cheap.

Nguyen Van Phu Street is full of street food vendors, customers, shippers, food carts, bicycles, motorbikes - Dam Sen Flower Market in Ho Chi Minh City

Nguyen Van Phu Street is full of street food vendors, customers, shippers, food carts, bicycles, motorbikes.

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