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“Local thing, surreal and cheesy but not bad”

Thang Long Water Puppet Theater
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$11.00*
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Water Puppet Entrance Tickets with Hanoi Hotel Ticket Delivery
Ranked #19 of 278 things to do in Hanoi
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Traditional legends and historical tales are among the enchanting puppet plays performed at this popular theatre.
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Local thing, surreal and cheesy but not bad”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

We knew it would be super-cheesy, but decided to go anyway. Our expectations were exactly met. The show is a little staid and it seemed to us that some of the puppets might be in need of a little mechanical repair. But what saved the show was the translations on television as the show went on and the delightful live quintet playing some of the music and singing. Glad we went, but we may have been disappointed if we'd been expecting something mind-blowing.

Visited June 2013
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“Slow”
Reviewed June 19, 2013

It is a must see as it is a traditional show of Vietnam. However it was a bit slow and the puppets had paint dropped out. Some even had hands and legs missing. They could do with some maintenance of the puppets. Overall it was a bit disappointing.

Visited June 2013
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Laupasat
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“Do watch it if it's your first trip in Hanoi”
Reviewed June 19, 2013

Its quite different from the usual puppet shows we usually see....as it takes place on a stage filled with water. It's not exactly mesmerising but a good experience to learn a bit about the Vietnamese culture.

Visited June 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR
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“Boring”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

it was no doubt a must see, considering it was prize-winning puppet show. but 10 minutes into the show, my boyfriend almost feel asleep. nothing much to shout about.....

Visited May 2013
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“Water Puppets Hanoi”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

Well worth it!
Don't know why people were complaining about the seats. Comfortable enough for length of show. Unless your extremely tall!
I just walked up and got tickets before show, however the show was full so might be an idea to get them early. Ticket office closed between the 1800 and 2000 show.
Show details the origins and traditions of Vietnam.

Visited June 2013
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