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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 #15 of 100 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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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

A good experience enjoying the water puppet show. However, we do not understand their dialogue. Maybe they should have a translate screen beside the main stage.

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Hoi An, Vietnam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

It was 1 hour show that I never been before, all the artists are really skillful to manage their puppets under water. It is a great art to introduce to the world.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

The length of the show is quite short so if you are in Hanoi it is probably worthwhile going from the point of view of having the experience of seeing a traditional entertainment. It is quite clever and we couldn't quite work out how it was operated. However if you have seen a water puppet show once, you probably wouldn't... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

two if you want to use camera, for movie - little bit more... I never thought that puppet masters all performance stayed deep in the water...Very valuable, absolutely unique Vietnamese art...

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Northern California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

The water puppet show is a must-see in Hanoi. It is very touristy, however, and they seem to pack in the people, running several shows per day, back to back. The theatre space itself is crowded and the seats are closely spaced. Still, we are glad we saw it.

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chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Our original seats were about midway up steep stairs. The puppets looked tiny and we had trouble seeing. Once the show started we moved down to empty seats and enjoyed the show while trying to figure out how it all operated. It seems that the good seats are bought up by big tour operators so if you are on a... More

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Thames Ditton
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We had been very much looking forward to this, but where you sit is the key to your enjoyment. We were half way back and had a good view of the back of heads, which meant we couldn't see all the production. Legroom also very tight for taller westerners. What we were able to see of the production was very... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We really were not sure what to expect but we loved it! The show is naive in the best possible way, utterly charming and without pretension but with enormous skill and artistry. The puppetry is great but so is the music and the players make what is often a challenging sound approachable and enjoyable to a western ear without compromising... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Was a great thing to do whilst in Hanoi. I would recommend buying tickets during the day as it was packed and annoyingly they let people in once the show had started. A fun thing to do. Very clever.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We got the last seats so they put up seats in the aisle, which were horrible because there was a big box in the way so we could only see the things on the right side. i thought the puppets were quite cute but the "singing" was a bit like catawauling. the music was great and the puppetry was quite... More

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