Hanoi Flower Market
For flower lovers, you will be in heaven !! You have just got to get yourself down to Cho Quan An, it’s the main wholesale flower market Hanoi.
The flower growers come into town in the very early hours of the morning loaded up to the hilt with freshly cut flowers and sell till everything’s gone or until 8am when it’s time for these hardworking folks to bicycle or motorbike back home to their farms.
Even if you sleep in and get there at 6.30am, it is still worth going to. Some companies offer tours to the market, so if it seems too daunting to go on your own, just rent-a-crowd.
Four seasons open the doors to so many different varieties; we are totally spoilt for choice.
Roses (a magnitude of colors: pink, mauve, champagne, red, orange, yellow, white. Perfumed, hi-breds, miniature roses, to long stems up to a 1 meter tall), sunflowers, daisies, lilies (Easter lilies, stargazer, regal, white and yellow arum lilies), flamingo flowers, peace lily, tulips, dahlia’s, iris’s, bird of paradise, banana flowers, gladiolus, orchids (in many different sizes and color combinations), lotuses (white and pink), purple hydrangea’s, just to name a few !!
It’s fine to wander down through the market, there is so much to see, it is hard to know which aisle to start with, just do them all grid by grid !! It’s only about 300 meters long so you won’t get lost.
Lots of hustle bustle as the florists and flower street vendors buy flowers for their daily needs. Vietnamese demand only the best and freshest of everything including their flowers.
It is not just a wholesale market; you can get in and buy some as well.
It is very easy to over buy as there are so many stunning flowers at such reasonably prices. When the vendor gives you the bargain of the century so you think, yeah I will have those ones as well. Only to find when you get home you have run out of vases. That is another treat in Hanoi the vases come in every shape imaginable and any flower lover who has lived in Hanoi will leave with a cupboard of them.
Open hail, rain or moonlight from 2am to 8am. It is situated on Au Co Street (Duong Au Co) the end where Xuan Dieu Street meets To Ngoc Van Street.
Like everything else in Hanoi, times are changing for these flower growers as they get pushed further and further from the city as the city expands and more and more land is eaten up by housing developments or industrial estates.
The flower farmers are finding themselves in a dilemma as it is more profitable to sell their land than to sell flowers. This is totally understandable when the money offered for their land is probably more than they can earn in a lifetime growing and selling flowers.
Of course some flower owners are in areas that are not risk of development, plus others will just relocate and continue.
Hanoi could be also called Flower City !!