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Thang Long Water Puppet Theater

57B Dinh Tien Hoang, Hanoi, Vietnam
84 04 8249494
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As featured in 3 days in Hanoi and 1 other guide
Ranked #18 of 103 attractions in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Theaters
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Traditional legends and historical tales are among the enchanting puppet plays performed at this popular theatre.
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We didn't know what to expect when we bought tickets for the water puppets and we were pleasantly surprised by the beautiful singing, instruments, stories, and quite amazing puppetry on/under water. This is a unique experience and a wonderful event to attend before or after dinner.

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ACT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Despite seeing this performance 3 times, it is still wonderful to watch again. The musicians and singers are highly animated as is the entire show. The water puppet performers are incredible in the way they move these puppets. This visit was super crowded, standing room only, and unfortunately we were seated behind an inconsiderate young couple with a approx 3... More

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kuala lumpur
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8 reviews 8 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Well obviously we can't understand a single words in the play but the water puppet show is very creative and funny at times and you sort of able to understand the story line by itself. The movement were amazing and up until now we still couldn't think of how they managed to do it :)

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Long Beach, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I was not that impressed with the show. The theatre is beautiful. The singers and the musicians are great, but the puppetry is not interesting. The puppets are not seen very well. The movements are the same for 45 minutes and all together, I did not enjoy it. So, if you just want to see it in order to just... More

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Bundarra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I thoroughly enjoyed the show. The dragons, fish and the figures of Vietnam all made this show a must see when in Hanoi.

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Hanoi
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I had seen a Water Puppet show at the Adelaide festival but was keen to see it in the home city. It was well worth it. No, I didnt understand what was going on but none the less I enjoyed it as a cultural experience. If you are open to different styles of theatre then go!

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The show runs for 45mins and has 17 acts. It is tempting to video a lot of the show but don't ruin the experience for others. Out of the 17 parts to the show - only 3 or 4 are worthy of getting the camera out. The best special effects happen in the first ten minutes - with 4 swirling... More

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durham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Something different..a real taste of Vietnamese tradition. You have to pay a small feel take photos. We enjoyed it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

One of the must see place. The play has performed in an auditorium, which theater-like atmosphere. The play was about traditional folk story of Vietnam, which we didn't understand well. However, the highlight was puppets in the water and light and sound was just right.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Great show, very well put together by very talented artists, both musicians and puppeteers. Covers many of the traditions of Vietnam

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