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Water puppet show at Thao Dien Village

Address: 195 Nguyen Van Huong | Thao Dien Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City 7000, Vietnam
Phone Number: +84 8 37446457
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Ranked #119 of 296 Activities in Ho Chi Minh City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Dinner Theaters, Theater & Concerts
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Come and enjoy Vietnamese food at Ngon restaurant Thao Dien Village, visitors can entertain...
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Type: Dinner Theaters, Theater & Concerts
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Come and enjoy Vietnamese food at Ngon restaurant Thao Dien Village, visitors can entertain themselves with water puppet show here. The show upholds the culture, the traditions of this country and is acted like normal human beings by the well-trained artists. It highlights the creative bent of mind of the inhabitants of the city. Weekly one show is held from 19:30 to 20:00 every Saturday at Ngon restaurant in Thao Dien Village.

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Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

Althought because of language it is difficult to understand the story, I consider this performance as acessible way for foreigners how to see at least a bit from vietnamese culture (art).

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We got there about 10 minutes prior to the show starting and were given front row seats. The show was full of amazingly skilled puppeteers and musicians telling traditional Vietnamese tales. Sitting so close, we got splashed a few times by the dragon. Kids enjoyed it, but keep the programme close at hand so you know what's going on with... More 

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Rogerstone, null, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

I went along to the puppet show with my friends whilst travelling around Vietnam. It was not my idea to go along. I found the whole show bizarre, humourless and tedious. I would not recommend going along.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Originating from the delta of the Red River, puppetry is a traditional art which developed as a result of the need for entertainment in the rural area. Since water puppetry originated from the rural area, the stories are centred on rural life with strong reference to Vietnamese folklore. The water puppetry probably gets its stories told from generation to generation... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

It was in vietnamese but we enjoyed it nevertheless. Show was for 45 minutes, start on time - impressive.

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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 via mobile

Pre book this show if you want to go, we didn't and we're disappointed when we couldn't get a ticket.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

The water puppet show was a delight to see, the show was entertaining for a great range of ages and told many different stories using excellent puppetry, songs and music

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Kent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

This attraction is a cheap fun thing to go and watch before dinner. Only thing is the seats are very small and not suitable for the larger bodied person.

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Holon, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Show very special and unique. Show illustrating the daily life of residents in the villages. Band with singers and instrumentalists authentic instruments accompanies the show.Powered by 10 people using bamboo poles under water for operating the puppet.'s Very interesting but I think a bit longer performance

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Being in Vietmanese with no translation it is hard to follow the story! However enjoyable as a one if lasting about an hour, with clever puppets and local music/ singing. I found the band as interesting as the puppets with some more unusual instruments being played. The theatre itself is cramped and hot with only a couple of fans about,... More 

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