We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Thang Long Water Puppet Theater

57B Dinh Tien Hoang, Hanoi, Vietnam
84 04 8249494
Website
Improve this listing
As featured in 3 days in Hanoi and 1 other guide
Ranked #19 of 99 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
Write a Review

3,540 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    1,188
    1,323
    741
    199
    89
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Turkish first
  • Vietnamese first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Show takes an hour - traditional music and singing supports the puppeteers, who do a remarkable job manipulating their puppets in the water tank - as they weave the stories - visually self explanatory. The puppeteers then emerge up to their knees in water.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Auckland
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Wasn't quite sure what to expect but found the show quite fascinating - more appreciating how it's done and how it came about.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Richmond Hill, Canada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

For $5 dollars you get 1 hour of authentic vietnamese show. Wished I could understand vietnamese to have more fun at the show😊

Was this review helpful? Yes
Singapore
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Unique way of puppet show staged on real water. Good stage lighting with a mini orchestra playing. All puppeteers have to stand in water behind curtains.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Singapore, Singapore
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The hour long water puppet show was quite amazing at first but turn a bit draggy in the middle. The show is in Vietnamese but there atrocities different language brochure available outside the theatre for better understanding about the show.

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York City, New York
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

A (supposed to be) most noticeable traditional art in Vietnam. It's interesting to see how the performers reeling the puppet around the show, but it's too bad that I couldn't understand the script. And how come that a traditional Vietnamese art has only foreigner audience? I'm confusing ...

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York City, New York
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
8 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I'm always a huge fan of new cultural activities, but this performance didn't really do very much for me or my colleagues, who are also big travelers. As other reviewers said, it is a cheap and air-conditioned break, but it wouldn't make my list of "must-see" activities when there are other interesting things to see and do.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
30 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Did not know what to expect when I got the tickets, but was surprised (pleasantly) with a good show that showcased traditional music and singers that had puppets dancing to the tunes and playing out stories of Vietnamese folklore.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

OK but the hour long show went to long in rather cramped seating. Impressive to see those who directed the puppets and realise they spent a considerably time up to their wait in water each day.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

i was told "you havent been to hanoi if u dont watch the water pupet" so we decided to see them on our last night, the theatre was full and ticket price are cheap. The show was interesting and i think kids 7-12 will enjoy it. It has a music, culture and history presented during the show. We just wished... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Thang Long Water Puppet Theater also viewed

 

Been to Thang Long Water Puppet Theater? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Thang Long Water Puppet Theater, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing