I。About Ho Thi Ky Flower Market
1. A first look at Ho Thi Ky Flower Market
Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) seems to be regarded as New York of Vietnam. A quick flight won’t make much of an impact on your travel energy. Ho Chi Minh with its recent growth has made this a top-tier destination in Vietnam. You will receive a warm welcome from swarms of endless motorbikes.
Saigon markets seem chaotic at first glance, but it will be an amazing experience to get closer to the local life of Southern Vietnam and even Cambodia. Once you get your bearings you’ll be surprised how organized the market really is and the unexpected found around any corner. The best part about visiting a Ho Chi Minh market is wandering the aisles and happening upon some kinds of treasure or an unforgettable experience.
And walking around the largest among all flower markets in Saigon, Ho Thi Ky flower market will be interesting to explore the sparkling beauty of this vibrant city. Located in a busy residential area on Le Hong Phong Street, Ho Thi Ky Flower Market is in harmony with the surrounding rhythm of life, creating a one-of-a-kind charisma that belongs solely to this destination with hundreds of kinds of flower with the diversity in color, style and origin.
Ho Thi Ky flower market is busiest in the early morning when vendors receive package of flowers transferred to the counters by truck, and then arrange the flowers, classify flowers.
Address: 52 Alley Ho Thi Ky Street, Ward 1, District 10, Saigon.
2. Open hours – What is the best time to visit Ho Thi Ky market?
The busiest time is about 2 am.
You should visit around 6-7 am for buying flowers, around about 3 pm for wandering.
3. How to get to Ho Thi Ky Flower Market?
Taxi/ Motorbike taxi
No parking at Ho Thi Ky so you had better take a taxi. Grab is convenient, and cheaper – about 50,000 VND ($2 US) one way from Ben Thanh Market.
Several buses are available. You can take bus numbers 14, 27, 69, or 150, to reach Ly Thai To Street to walk to the flower market from there. Another bus, 05 or 53 will leave you at Hung Vuong Street to walk to Ho Thi Ky market easily.
You can rent a motorbike in Bui Vien street and use Google Maps to ride to Ho Thi Ky market to find the market by yourself. This will be a very authentic experience but do be careful with the crazy traffic in Saigon.
II。What to explore in Ho Thi Ky Flower Market?
Definitely coming to the flower market to explore the heaven of flowers, right? Ho Thi Ky Flower Market is home to abundant fresh and beautiful flowers at quite low a price in Ho Chi Minh City from other provinces like Dalat or Western Vietnam such as chrysanthemum, marigold, gerbera, auspicious flower to orchid, rose, sunflower and so on. Even flowers from other countries such as Japan, Italy, China, etc also gather at Ho Thi Ky market. And the market looks really attractive and colorful during important vacations like Tet holiday. Especially, the market looks really attractive, crowded and vibrant on special occasions like Tet Holiday, the International Day of Women, or Vietnamese Teacher’s Day.
2. A Cambodian market
Yes, you can experience Cambodian local life and specialties, as well as and admire the colorful hustle and bustle of the daily life of the Cambodia community right in Saigon without flying all the way to the country of temple. Visitors can easily recognize Cambodian cultural features at Ho Thi Ky flower market via sideboards with Cambodian scripts and the special arrangement of stalls. Cambodian food is diversified at the market as well.
Various products from Tonle Sap lake area in Cambodia from dried fish, dried frog and vegetables to traditional foods are well-stocked in wood shelves.
III。What to eat in Ho Thi Ky Flower Market?
1. Che Co Co (over 40 years)
It will be such a big pity for missing this 40-year food stall with Co Co sweet soup. This dish brings the typical specific flavors of Cambodia-style sweet soup including pumpkin sweet soup, mixture sweet soup served with durian, egg sweet soup, and sticky rice made with durian and coconut (often called ‘xoi xiem’)
2. Bun Tu Xe
If you have ever tried noodle, pho or hu tieu of Vietnam, tasting this dish will give spare you to enjoy the difference between two cultures. If you are a real foodie, you cannot miss the Num Bo Choc fish noodle of Tu Xe. It is made from noodles, snake head fish, prahok paste from Cambodia and other typical spices.
1. Saigon Cho Lon (Binh Tay market)
Binh Tay Market (Cholon Chinatown Market means “big market”), one of the biggest markets in Saigon is established by the French since the 1880s. It is located in the centre of Vietnam’s largest Chinatown area as the major business hub and attraction in Saigon’s Chinatown.
Unlike Ben Thanh Market in District 1 for foreigners, Binh Tay market is the gathering place of the local population with its diversity of fresh fruits, vegetables, food, seafood and specialties from different regions across Vietnam, especially from Mekong Delta.
Tourists can also find an assortment of handicrafts, lacquerware, and textiles sold in bulk. Along with the interesting culture of Cholon Chinatown, Binh Tay is also an amazing place for experiencing the Southern local lifestyle and especially the unique Vietnamese-Chinese delicacies. Despite being designed by a French architect, Binh Tay features a gorgeous mix of Chinese and French style with its lotus-flower shaped roofs, its belfry and its clocks.
2. Independence Palace
Visiting Reunification Palace (Dinh Doc Lap), a historic evidence of Vietnam War is not a bad idea. This 1960s-style building, with its large, airy rooms and dated furnishings seems to become a museum since April 30, 1975 – after a North Vietnamese army tank crashed through this palace’s iron gates, bringing an end to the Vietnam War. For locals, the palace represents this historic event and the reunification of the North and the South Vietnam. Also especially the fighter jet that destroyed the Norodom Palace and tank 843 and rammed through the palace gate bringing the independence to Vietnam is displayed here.
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