When the drizzly spells stop and the humidity clears, April marks the beginning of summer with brilliantly honey-hued sunshine flooding the streets and dancing through the trees. April welcomes the fresh blooming of summery flowers typical to each and every region, creating a carnival of colour and fragrance.
A PURE OF MADONNA LILY FLOWERS
Flower arranging has been an enjoyable pastime for Hanoians for many years. Throughout April, you will easily catch sight of bicycles adorned with a variety of beautiful blooms on the streets and alleyways of the ancient capital. When thinking about which ﬂower marks the most impressive transition between spring and summer, Madonna lily ﬂowers might spring to mind with their delicate beauty and perfectly pungent fragrance.
Madonna lilies, also known as hoa hue tay, bloom only in April. Lilies are often considered inferior to other ﬂowers, but this pretty ﬂower holds its own with its pure white petals and lush green leaves, likened to Tonkin girls with gentle, timid yet equally passionate characteristics. On blooming, each ﬂower opens its petals to display the inner yellow stamen that gives off a pleasant scent in the gentle April breeze. Wherever you are in Hanoi during the lily blooming period, you will fall in love with ﬂower bicycles pedaling leisurely through the streets at sunrise, each bundle of ﬂowers glistening with drops of dew. The ﬂower-clad bicycles are just one of the subtle signals that summer is just around the corner.
|Where to see Madonna lily ﬂowers in Hanoi:|
– You will find many traditional bicycles full of Madonna lily ﬂowers on the roads of Thuy Khue, Thanh Nien, Phan Dinh Phung and Giang Vo
– If you want to appreciate a sweeping carpet of lilies, pay a visit to Tay Tuu and Quang Ba ﬂower villages in Hanoi
SAIGON WELCOMES A SUNNY BURST OF YELLOW IN APRIL
When it is scorching hot in Saigon in mid-April, the locals have the opportunity to enjoy the stunningly intense beauty of yellow scorpion trees stretching in long lines as far as the eye can see. The yellow scorpion ﬂower is also known as Cassia fistula, water scorpion, late spring tree and Osaka blossom. On blooming, these bright yellow ﬂowers look so attractive and radiant with their perfectly scorpion-shaped pistil, they are a definite head-turner. The dynamic metropolis erupts into a yellow carpet of scorpion blossoms during the peak season. This eye-popping ﬂower resembles sunshine with its warm yellow tones. It brings a sense of immediate relaxation under the dense canopy.
Saigon in April is hot, but there can be a gentle breeze whistling through the city, causing the clusters of ﬂowers to sway back and forth, catching passers-by’s attention. This yellow-ﬂowered plant actually blooms all year round, but the peak season is usually between late spring and early summer when the scorpion trees are in full bloom. These unique blossoms form a romantic picture-perfect landscape filled with vitality amidst the metropolis of Saigon. Take a stroll along the rows of yellow scorpion ﬂowers and soak up the atmosphere, you will see many workers stopping to rest, cooling down with a mug of iced tea, laughing and cracking jokes with their friends. It is said that these treasured blooms bring closeness, inspire deep emotion and are an integral part of Vietnamese culture.
|Where to see the yellow scorpion ﬂowers in Saigon:|
– The rows of yellow scorpion ﬂowers thrive on Dien Bien Phu Street (Binh Thanh District), Dam Thuan Huy Street, Tan Huong Street, Le Lu Street (Tan Phu District) and in the area around Saigon Technology University.
AZALEA FLOWERS IN SA PA
If you have ever travelled to Sa Pa in late March or early April, you might have seen the azalea ﬂowers popping up in clusters all over the main roads to local villages. Azaleas bloom all year round, but this ﬂoral plant provides the most beautiful views during springtime. To celebrate the ﬂowerflled spring scene, locals host an annual azalea festival that attracts droves of visitors from far and wide.
Azaleas intrigue many ﬂower lovers with their scenic charm, mesmerising fragrance and spectrum of colours that range from red, purple and pink to pure white. These beautifully colourful ﬂowers blanket the picturesque grassy hills, compliment the idyllic traditional houses and create an impressive ﬂoral display amidst the misty town of Sa Pa, transforming it into an enchanted fairyland away from a chaotic life. In late spring, the Hoang Lien Son Range comes alive in a brilliant carpet of azalea varieties, making the Northwestern mountains, hills and forests the perfect backdrop. Picture this, the pleasant cool spring weather of Sa Pa, the azalea forests shrouded in mist, you would feel like you were visiting a ﬂoral garden in Europe. Azaleas, dubbed the Queen ﬂower of the Northwestern region, not only symbolise Sa Pa’s beauty, but are also the most brilliant ﬂower in Vietnam at this time of year.
|Where to see azaleas in Sa Pa:|
– Hoang Lien Son Range and Fansipan Peak are the best places in Northern Vietnam to soak up the most colourful views of azaleas. If you are keen on trekking, take a walk through the forest on Hoang Lien Son to catch a glimpse of these ﬂowers. Additionally, you can see azaleas from above while travelling to Fansipan Peak by cable car.
FALL IN LOVE WITH TRAU FLOWERS IN HA GIANG
Ha Giang Province, the northernmost tip of Vietnam, captivates both locals and travellers with its stunning magnificence, splendour and romance. Every season, Ha Giang boasts a different beauty, but in April, the province becomes even more pristine and enthralling as Trau ﬂowers burst with colour in full bloom. Trau ﬂowers symbolise love and purity. Each cluster of white-hued ﬂowers combined with the vibrant green leaves on a backdrop of undulating mountains and hills bring a little slither of simplicity and intimacy to the expansive Northwestern landscape.
When the Trau ﬂowers are in full bloom, the scenery explodes into a riot of pure white, covering the lush green hills and lining the small roads towards the peaceful villages. This white-ﬂowered plant is thought to be the embodiment of the Ha Giang residents who are generous, hospitable, optimistic and progressive. Travelling to Ha Giang during the ﬂoral season, you will be mesmerised by stunning nature as the romantic petals fall gently onto the roadside. Once you have seen the ﬂowers unique to this mountainous region, they will be engraved on your memory. You will have fallen in love with the Ha Giang Province and you will certainly want to revisit the area at this beautiful time of year.
|Where to see Trau flowers in Ha Giang:|
– Aside from Trau ﬂowers, Ha Giang in April is renowned for a variety of love markets such as Khau Vai love market, Du Gia – Duong Thuong love market, Lung Lan – Son Vi love market and many more. Take a visit to Ha Giang to experience the bustling festivals and appreciate the pristine Trau ﬂowers that symbolise endless love.