- 1. What is the national flower of Vietnam?
- 2. The 10 beautiful flowers of Vietnam to see throughout the year
- 2.1. Peach blossom flower (Hoa dao) – the symbol of spring in the North
- 2.2. Yellow apricot flower (Hoa mai) – the Vietnam Tet flower in the South
- 2.3. Bougainvillea flower (Hoa giay) – a flower with paper-like petals
- 2.4. Flamboyant flower (Hoa phuong) – the reminder of summer
- 2.5. Wild sunflower (Hoa da quy) – a flower with brilliant yellow color
- 2.6. Vietnam rose flower (Hoa hong) – Vietnam’s flower of love
- 2.7. Red silk cotton flower (Hoa gao) – a popular flower in Northern villages
- 2.8. Water lily flower (Hoa sung) – one of the best flowers in Vietnamese culture
- 2.9. Blackboard tree flower (Hoa sua) – the sign of autumn
- 2.10. Buckwheat flower (Hoa tam giac mach) – a traditional flower in the Northwestern highlands
Vietnam travel and tourism attracts tourists all over the world with its many mesmerising landscapes, which are often decorated with various imported or local flowers of Vietnam. Read this listicle thoroughly to know more about the flowers and nature in the S-shaped country.
1. What is the national flower of Vietnam?
Lotus flower Vietnam, a symbol of purity and nobleness, is Vietnam’s national flower, representing the characters and spiritual identity of the country. Lotus can be seen throughout Vietnam, especially in the Mekong Delta area. All parts of the lotus can be used, such as to be made into ingredients for drinks, medicines, foods, and gifts.
Although having a seemingly fragile appearance, lotus is actually very resilient. It grows high over layers of mud, which can be compared to the strength of Vietnamese people. Like lotus, the people have been overcoming many ups and downs and winning against much stronger invaders throughout history.
Besides, lotus is also named the flower of Buddhism, representing kindness. There are many images of Buddha sitting on a lotus, which you can see in temples and pagodas in Vietnam.
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2. The 10 beautiful flowers of Vietnam to see throughout the year
From spring to winter, there are various flowers of Vietnam blooming, which is like a hidden charm of Vietnamese nature for tourists to unveil.
2.1. Peach blossom flower (Hoa dao) – the symbol of spring in the North
If you are having a Hanoi travel journey or a trip to other northern provinces in spring, you will have a chance to contemplate the peach blossom.
Peach blossoms are a symbol of spring and the Lunar New Year in Northern Vietnam. At this time, wild peach blossoms bloom all over northern mountainous areas like Mai Chau, Moc Chau, Sa Pa and Ha Giang, which is also a natural sign for the end of cold winter and the arrival of warm spring.
Vietnamese people believe that the flower represents prosperity and good luck. Before the Lunar New Year, peach blossoms from mountains or gardens will be transferred to big cities. People buy them to decorate their houses. Tourists can see peach blossoms on every street in Hanoi before and during Tet holiday.
2.2. Yellow apricot flower (Hoa mai) – the Vietnam Tet flower in the South
If peach blossoms are a Tet flower in the North, yellow apricot flower is an iconic Tet flower in the South. Its bright yellow colour is considered the colour of hope, light, wealth, and good luck. In ancient literature, the apricot flower was considered the essence of spring, as beneath its slender appearance is a strong willpower with a mild aroma. The elderly prefer old apricot bonsai, as they hope to live long and strong like the bonsai.
2.3. Bougainvillea flower (Hoa giay) – a flower with paper-like petals
Bougainvillea is a popular ornamental plant in Vietnam. In central coastal areas, such as Da Nang, Hoi An, Quy Nhon, Phu Yen, Nha Trang, and Mui Ne, where there is high temperature and humidity, the flower blooms well with striking colours. It is easy to grow as it does not need much care and water. The flower flourishes in summer time, between March and June.
The soft, delicate paper-like petals can serve as a decoration outside houses. You can see striking bougainvillea at the old houses in Hoi An Ancient Town. It often climbs on the entrance, roofs, or mossy walls, which also provide a good background for taking photos.
2.4. Flamboyant flower (Hoa phuong) – the reminder of summer
The flamboyant flowers blooming in May, when the school year ends and summer holiday begins for students. The striking red flowers blooming on the background of green leaves are quite a sight. The northern coastal city of Hai Phong has the most number of flamboyant trees. The city even organises a Flamboyant Flower Festival every year to attract tourists.
2.5. Wild sunflower (Hoa da quy) – a flower with brilliant yellow color
The yellow wild sunflower is often seen in central highland areas like Da Lat, Gia Lai, and Kon Tum. The flowers grow in bushes, with leaves resembling those of chrysanthemum. The flower petals are thin, with a bright yellow colour.
Gia Lai Province hosts a wild sunflower festival every year in November, while Da Lat City often uses the flower as a symbol for its annual flower festival at the end of the year. If you want to contemplate the flower, come to the central highland region of Vietnam in October.
2.6. Vietnam rose flower (Hoa hong) – Vietnam’s flower of love
Roses are the favourite flowers in Vietnam. Like in other countries, they are a symbol of love and often named as the ‘queen of flowers’. Roses can be seen throughout Vietnam. They are best grown in regions with cool weather, especially in Sa Pa and Da Lat.
2.7. Red silk cotton flower (Hoa gao) – a popular flower in Northern villages
Red silk cotton flower is considered a symbol of northern rural villages. It is in full bloom at the end of spring and the beginning of summer (in April). The flowers have a cup shape with five red petals, which can stay on branches for two weeks before falling down.
You can see red silk cotton flowers in the northern countryside and mountainous areas. According to an old verse, when farmers see the flowers falling down, it means the sesame growing season is coming, and it is high time for them to put away warm blankets to get ready for a new summer.
2.8. Water lily flower (Hoa sung) – one of the best flowers in Vietnamese culture
Water lily flower is a tropical water-based flower like lotus. It often blooms between October and November. For the rest of the year, the flower hides deep under the water.
Water lily flowers are often grown in lakes to decorate the scenery. They grow well in the Mekong Delta area. In the flooding season (between September and mid-November), the locals harvest water lilies to earn extra income. Similar to lotus, all parts of the flower can be used for various purposes.
2.9. Blackboard tree flower (Hoa sua) – the sign of autumn
When the weather gets cooler, people can smell a gentle aroma in the streets of Hanoi. That is when blackboard tree flowers bloom and autumn comes. The flowers grow in clusters with small white petals.
The blooming season of hoa sua starts in September and ends in December. Its aroma is more obvious at the end of the season, especially at night. The wind further spreads the aroma in the air, which has become the favourite feature of autumn especially for the people of Hanoi.
2.10. Buckwheat flower (Hoa tam giac mach) – a traditional flower in the Northwestern highlands
Buckwheat flower is grown in northwestern mountainous areas. The blooming season starts from late October and ends in early November, during which the colour of the flowers is white, then changes into pink, purple, and finally turns dark red. Locals often harvest the wheat from buckwheat to make cakes. Their seeds are also used to add flavour to wine.
You can see vast terrace fields of buckwheat flowers in Lao Cai, Cao Bang, Ha Giang, where the white and pink flowers spread over the plateau. Ha Giang Province also hosts a buckwheat flower festival every year to attract visitors.
In each destination that you visit, you can find beautiful flowers of Vietnam and many other interesting things to explore. No matter which destination you choose, you should plan in advance regarding where to stay to have the best accommodation experience.
Vinpearl, a top-rated brand of accommodation, offers high-class services at prime locations, from where you can easily travel to contemplate the beautiful flowers. And while you are in those top favourite tourist destinations, it is recommended that you also seek for fun in Vinpearl Aquarium, VinKE, and VinWonders.
- In Hanoi
VinKE & Vinpearl Aquarium Times City (Minh Khai Street, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi) offer endless fun for families with children.
At Vinpearl Aquarium, visitors will have the opportunity to explore the ocean world at one of the most modern aquarium systems in Vietnam. In a total area of nearly 4,000 square meters, Vinpearl Aquarium is home to more than 30,000 sea creatures from around the world.
Meanwhile, at VinKE, your family will have a chance to have fun together and educate your children in the complex of 4,000 square metres. VinKE creates a “play and learn” space for children to experience their dream career through many job simulation games, such as Fire Department, Traffic Police, Fashion Star, Kid Chef, Auto Repair Workshop, etc.
- In Phu Quoc
Among the must-see locations in Phu Quoc is VinWonders Phu Quoc. It is known as the largest theme park in Vietnam and a leading one in Asia, with an area of up to 46.7 hectares. It has 6 subdivisions, namely European Streetmosphere, Typhoon World, Mysterious Viking Village, Fairy World, Adventure World, and Neptune Palace. Offering more than 100 attractive games, the park will promisingly bring you many memorable exciting moments. Some games you should definitely try here are the Snake Venom slide, the flying movie theatre, Zeus’s Wrath, etc.
- In Nha Trang
VinWonders Nha Trang is also an unmissable destination on your trip to Vietnam. Located on Hon Tre Island, this is a fantastic amusement park with many interesting activities in an area of up to 50 hectares. The park has 6 subdivisions and nearly 100 exciting entertainment activities suitable for visitors of all ages. You can see rare animals and enjoy bird shows at King’s Garden, participate in thrilling games at Adventure Land, or experience other awesome things at World Garden, Water World, Sea World, and Fairy Land.
While you are in Hoi An, you should definitely visit VinWonders Nam Hoi An, a top-rated amusement park that has been attracting a huge number of tourists thanks to its indoor and outdoor entertainment areas in 5 subdivisions, namely:
- Adventure Land: Test your courage and break your own limits through 20 heart-pounding games
- Island of Folk Culture: Discover the genuine architectural features of the three regions of Vietnam
- Water World: Cool yourself down with water slides and pools
- Harbor Corner: Explore the harmonization of Eastern and Western cultures in both the past and present
- River Safari: Watch and play with more than 50 species of animals in Vietnam’s first and largest river safari
Vietnam’s nature is so diverse with rich flora and fauna, especially the flowers of Vietnam. The above-mentioned 10 most popular flowers are just one distinguished example of the secrets that visitors should unveil while travelling to the country. Contemplate the flowers and you will be inspired!