Located in the tropical monsoon area, Viet Nam has diversified and plentiful flora system with a lot of beautiful flowers, typically the lotus, peach and yellow apricot. These are the flowers associated with culture and spirit life of Vietnames.
The Lotus (Hoa Sen) is a soft plant, including many different types. In Viet Nam, the pink lotus and the white lotus are the most popular types. The lotus is mildly perfumed and symbolises the noble and pure beauty. The lotus image plays an important role in works of architecture, sculpture, literature and art over many centuries of Vietnames. The lotus is also popularly used in daily life. The lotus is for worshipping and decoration; its pistil is for embalming tea; its leaf severs to wrap sticky rice and “com”; its seed is the tonic to make sweet soup (che), or cook with chicken, etc. The lotus only blooms in summer in the North, but year round in the South. The most famous lotus areas in Viet Nam include West Lake in Ha Noi, Tinh Tam lake in Thua Thien Hue province, Bau Trang in Binh Thuan, Thap Muoi in Dong Thap province.
The Peach (Hoa Dao) grows only in the North, where has low temperture and blooms in Lunar New Year Festival (Tet). Many people prefer to display the peach flower on Tet, because they believe that the red and pink of the peach flower will bring many favourable opportunities throughout the year. There are four varieties of peach blossoms, namely Dao Bich with deep pink flowers; Dao Phai with pale pink flowers; Dao Bach with white flowers which are relatively difficult to grow; and That Thon with deep red flowers bended into desired styles. In late January and February, visitors have the opportunity to admire the brilliant colour of peach flowers in Norh-West mountainous area or the famous peach flower villages such as Nhat Tan, Phu Thuong in Ha Noi.
The yellow apricot flower (Hoa Mai) is also the symbol for Tet, specially in the South. The yellow apricot flower represents weath and prosperity. So that, fmilies usually show the apricot tree on Tet. The famous yellow apricot flower villages in the South include Binh Loi, Thu Duc in Ho Chi Minh city, Phuoc Dinh in Vinh Long, Tan Chau in An Giang province.
Besides, there are numberless beautiful flowers through over Viet Nam. Visitors can visit Dong Van Karst Plateau to admire the beauty of Tam Giac Mach (Buckwheet) flower (late October to late December), enjoy the charm of Ban flowers (Phanera variegata) in the North-West (late Fabruary to March), admire the white plum and apricot flowers (late January to early February), the fields of white cauliflowers (late November to mid December) in Moc Chau Plateau in Son La province, contemplate the flamboyant in Pham Van Dong Street of Hai Phong City (May-June), immerse in passionate perfume of milk flowers in Ha Noi (early September to late October), come to Nghia Dan District in Nghe An province to see the immense fields of sunflowers (March-April or November-December), enjoy wild sunflowers in Central Highland (late October to late November), walk on the streets of cherry flowers in Da Lat city of Lam Dong province (mid January to late February)…
In addition, visitors can visit the famous flower villages such as Nhat Tan, Tay Tuu in Ha Noi, Sa Dec in Dong Thap province, Cai Mon in Ben Tre, etc andespecially Dat Lat, the city of thousands flowers with the largest flower festival in Viet Nam held biannually in December of odd years.