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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 #19 of 96 attractions in Hanoi
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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

My wife and I took the 3 kids (11,10 and 8). All enjoyed it and it kept them occupied learning about some good quality Vietnamese cultural performance for the best part of an hour. Very inexpensive at only VND100,000 per person. Buy tickets at the box office. Ask from seats as close to the front as possible to see all... More

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Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Just another traditional puppet show. It was a bit stinky and hard to breathe, not recommended for people with asthma. Seat was narrow and small. I was okay with the seat but tourists with bigger body will find it uncomfortable to sit for such a looong time. If you one of those person that needs to go to restroom a... More

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Fukuoka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Havent seen this kind of amusing performance anywhere else except Vietnam. Good traditional music, skillfull acting and very attracting overall even not being able to understand the script. Just wondering where all the locals went to cause just foreigners everywhere.

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Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Was told it is a must whilst in Vietnam to see a puppet show so we went to the one in Hanoi. There is no doubt that the show is very professional and polished yet not always easy to follow. The colours and charm of the puppets are really impressive as is the singing and the small band of instrument... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I've been here twice and really that's probably once too often. Enjoyed it the first time although it's a fairly slow process and you need to be a bit patient. It's interesting although a slow process and if you dislike sitting on a VERY hard seat you will be in trouble. All in all think once is enough.

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Katikati, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

This was an amazing performance of several amusing sketches depicting country life. The stage is a pool and the puppets seem to be able to move about the whole area. Sometimes there are so many moving objects that it is hard to understand why they don't get tangled up. The puppets were colourful and it was a great spectacle. I... More

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

You have to admire the enthusiasm and the history behind the show. I am glad I went but also glad it only lasted 50 mins. The whole show was quaint and professional. Worth visiting but be open minded.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

An amazing spectacle - we all loved it! The attention to detail was great. Our kids absolutely loved it. 100% recommended

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Chester
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We took our 13 year old daughter and 15 year old son to the show apprehensive that they may not enjoy it but we wanted to say we had experienced another part of Vietnam culture! The show is in Vietnamese with very little English spoken. I enjoyed the music particularly listening to musical instruments that I hadn't heard before. It... More

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

How on earth, or rather, how in water, can they do that? Incredible show of puppetry, so inventive and explicit, and technically brilliant. Hard to believe how the artists can remain so hidden during the complicated activities of the various puppets and their antics. Don't miss it.

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