There is a place where Saigon people can buy decoration items for their houses and working places at good prices in Ho Chi Minh City. They call the area Hai Thuong Lan Ong Decoration Street (Phố Trang Trí Hải Thượng Lãn Ông) which is lined with dozens of decoration stores selling thousands of colorful decorations at retail and wholesale. The street is the most crowded during Vietnamese festivals and celebrations when everybody would like to make their places as beautiful as possible.
Decoration Street or Decoration Market in Saigon China Town refers to the section of Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City from Chau Van Liem Roundabout to Cuu Long Park, streets crossing the section such as Phung Hung, Tong Duy Tan, Chau Van Liem. CLICK HERE to see the location of the famous decoration street which is about 8 km from Ben Thanh Market.
What are sold in Hai Thuong Lan Ong Decoration Street?
Hai Thuong Lan Ong Decoration Street sells everything customers need to decorate their houses, offices, restaurants, coffee shops, etc. On normal days, they sell lanterns, artificial flowers and plants, lights, wedding decorations, invitation cards, baskets, ribbons and other flower arrangement supplies.
During special festivals and celebrations, the stores in the area sell seasonal decorations.
Read more about Top 10 Decorations at Vietnamese Tet Festival, most of which can be bought in Hai Thuong Lan Ong Decoration Street.
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Activities in Hai Thuong Lan Ong Decoration Street
Most of the vendors are Chinese Vietnamese who have ancestors immigrating into Saigon, they usually talk to each other in Chinese and Vietnamese. The signboards are usually in Vietnamese and Chinese. The vendors can hire Chinese or Vietnamese sellers, workers, shippers. All of them are friendly and helpful but speak limited English. The street is always crowded with retail customers and retail vendors in Ho Chi Minh City and other provinces in South Vietnam. Shippers transfer decorations by motorbike, motorized three-wheel vehicles, trucks, etc.
Foreign visitors can go to the decoration street, learn more about the local life, and buy nice decorations themselves. It is better to go with locals if they would like to buy something here. The locals will help foreigners to choose products, communicate with vendors and bargain.