May 30, 2023
Destination Discovery

Unique flower floating market in Saigon in Tet holiday

Unique flower floating market in Saigon in Tet holiday

When Tet holiday comes, flower markets are everywhere in Ho Chi Minh city. You probably have heard about the renowned flower floating market with hundreds of wooden boats, that is Binh Dong flower market

Down the Southern of HCMC in District 8, Binh Dong flower market only opens when the Tet holiday is near. You’ll find hundreds of traditional wooden cargo boats that have traveled from the Mekong Delta to Saigon and park them line by line at the Tau Hu - Lo Gom canal, it’s always full of Hoa Mai trees (yellow apricot), kumquat trees, and the other flowers - all features of the traditional Tet holiday.

In southern Vietnam, Hoa Mai is the first tree to flower during Tet holiday. Each aspect of Hoa Mai carries
meaning. The individual petals, for instance, stand for one of five blessings: longevity, wealth, peace,
health, and love. The color yellow represents happiness, prosperity, and good luck...

Besides, Kumquat tree with a large of fruits is a symbol of happiness, longevity, luck, and health in the New Year.

People transporting flowers from boats to the mainland and trading from buyers in all kinds of vehicles create a bustling atmosphere from the early morning till midnight. Traditional routines and the floating market itself are made the features for this flower market.


Whether you want to buy flowers, or just go sight-seeing or photography, Binh Dong flower floating market is a must-see for your trip to Ho Chi Minh city in Lunar New Year 2021.