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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 #17 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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The water puppet theater was very interesting and I many times I couldn't decide whether to watch the water puppets or the musicians playing the traditional instruments. As an English speaking person I did find it some what difficult to follow the story line in parts but the enjoyable nature of the show more than made up for that.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Very interesting with the way the puppets are maneuvered, and the special effects used, including funny moments of cats running up a tree. Being charged to use own camera was a bit much

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We had no idea what to expect - but the show started on time, the live (band) musical accompaniment was delightful and the puppets!! Wow!! we had no English translation but just by watching the puppets you got the general idea. Beautiful puppets, gorgeous colours and fun!!Then when the puppeteers waded out even more impressed.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I was advised to see the famous Vietnamese water puppets by a friend at home, but was rather put off by some of the reviews I read on Trip Advisor. My fears were raised when I found myself queueing, ticket in hand, in a long line of tourists waiting to enter the auditorium. I had been allocated a good seat,... More

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Riverside, Rhode Island, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We had no idea what in the world we were getting into but it turned out to be just delightful. While the puppets are traditional, as is the music, there was a simultaneous English translation that was very helpful. The puppets appear in a large pool and at the end of the performance the puppeteers came wading through the water... More

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Enschede, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

I do not agree with the most here.. It seems that they didn't change anything in the 20 years they play this show. The show is simple, there was no real story and in the theater was hardly any space to put your legs. We were glad that the show only takes one hour. Completely overrated!

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Darwin, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Surprisingly entertaining cultural experience. For a city that can be a bit short on entertainment, the water puppet show proved great value and entertainment. Not sure wether the flash photography should be allowed.

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Roeselare, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

As we hadn't prepared our trip on beforehand, this water puppet show wasn't on our program. But I'm glad we were able to buy tickets just some hours on beforehand. In the morning for that day there weren't much options left though: only for one certain time and one price category. In July there were about 4 performances a day.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The water puppet theater was very interesting and I many times I couldn't decide whether to watch the water puppets or the musicians playing the traditional instruments. As an English speaking person I did find it some what difficult to follow the story line in parts but the enjoyable nature of the show more than made up for that.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

I had read varying reviews on trip advisor and wasn't sure if we were going to get value for our money with this one, but am really glad we went. There is really nothing else like it and it is such a unique Vietnamese art form that you just have to see it. Even bought the souvenir puppets as we... More

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