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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 95 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Good fun and well presented - music you'll hear around Hanoi, and the story will be well recognized too.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

A must-do if your in Hanoi for a day or two - although booking in advance is highly recommended for good seats. We were in Row E, right in the middle so it made for comfortable viewing. Make sure you collect the guide (available in English, French, Japanese and a few other languages) in advance before you enter the theatre... More

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Canberra Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This show was great and in a beautiful setting. I would recommend it as a must for any traveller visiting Hanoi

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This is a must see place for any type of tourist to hanoi. It is totally different and very interesting not just the play, but seeing the different musical instruments been played etc.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

Go because it is different, traditional and probably unlike anything you have seen before. The guy next to me fell asleep, kids in the audience loved it. Seats designed for people under 5' 10 , so be warned!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

this is worth the experience and even if you don't understand Vietnamese you will pick up on the stories being told, some very amusing. even though the audience is 99% non Vietnamese, i think we all had a good time.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

tis is such a cool show. its very clever how the do a puppet show on water, the music works really well too. we got a cyclo (tuktuk) there...a great experience cause scooters are crazy!!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I realise this is culturally significant but with no English explanations and repetitive actions it was very boring

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Interesting though the costumes & puppets look a little worn-out. Tickets can be bought via your hotel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

You must see the water puppets in Hanoi, we were left wondering how they do it! Short, sharp, entertaining and a good laugh. Ask your hotel to book tickets for you in the first 5 rows. Anywhere further back and you won't see much.

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