Markets are abundant in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) – the busiest and biggest city in Vietnam. The must-visit Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral and Tan Dinh Market in District 1, Binh Tay Market in China Town Saigon are well-known among travelers for the beautiful architecture and a wide range of products to buy home. The non-sleeping Ho Thi Ky Flower Market is a place not to shop but to be lost in the flower wonderland of Saigon people and learn more about the local life.
Ho Thi Ky Flower Market is located in Ho Thi Ky Street, Ward 1, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City. Click to see on Google Map. The market is about 3 km from Ben Thanh Market – the city center. As you can see on the map, Ho Thi Ky Street crosses Hung Vuong and Ly Thai To Street and is parallel to Le Hong Phong Street. Visitors can take a taxi or motorbike taxi to the crossroads or Hung Vuong and Ho Thi Ky or the crossroads of Ly Thai To and Ho Thi Ky. There Ho Thi Ky Streets and its alleys are lined with hundreds of flower shops and stores selling flower arrangement tools and supplies. The stores are housed in the shophouses of Le Hong Phong Apartment Buildings and neighboring houses.
Established in 1987, Ho Thi Ky Flower Market has been a favorite place for locals to buy flowers, plants, flower arrangement tools and accessories for over 30 years. Old vendors and residents remember that the market had some flower shops on the first days. More customers come to the market for flowers, more shops open. Today, the number of flower shops is not less than 200. This flower market has become famous among travelers since a few years ago.
What is sold at Ho Thi Ky Flower Market?
Ho Thi Ky Flower Market sells different types of flowers from Dalat, Hanoi, Mekong Delta, U.S., Japan, Korea, Netherlands, etc.
Artificial flowers, dried flowers and plants
Flower arranging tools and supplies
Life of sellers and workers
Tours to Ho Thi Ky Flower Market
There are some operators offer tours to Ho Thi Ky Flower Market, most of the tours are by motorcycles or car and walking. You can choose to visit the flower market during the day or at night because it opens 24/24 and always full of flowers, customers, vendors and workers. There is no tree around the outdoor market but the 4-story Le Hong Phong buildings so visitors should not go there at noon to avoid the strong sun.
What to eat at Ho Thi Ky Flower Market?
Besides enjoying the nicest flowers, visitors have a great chance to taste hundreds of street foods in the area around Ho Thi Ky. Check The Ultimate Guide to Eating at Ho Thi Ky Flower Market
Ho Thi Ky Flower Market at Vietnamese Tet Festival
At Tet – the biggest festival of Vietnamese people, the flower market is the most crowded and busiest. The stores sell special flowers and plants for decoration at Tet. Colorful dried Rosa canina buds arranged in vases, decorated with decorative Happy New Year, lanterns, carps strings, etc. Artificial golden (or peach) apricot blossoms, branches and trees are only sold a few weeks before the Lunar New Year’s Eve. Fresh, plastic, fabric orchids are one of the most popular flowers at the market and the favorite of many Vietnamese families at Tet. Read more and see nice photos of Ho Thi Ky Flower Market at Vietnamese Tet Festival HERE.