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“Surprisingly entertaining”

Thang Long Water Puppet Theater
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Water Puppet Entrance Tickets with Hanoi Hotel Ticket Delivery
Ranked #17 of 276 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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Padua, Italy
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“Surprisingly entertaining”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2014

The show lasts about one hour (on the short side). It is composed of a series of brief sketches depicting the vietnamese rural life and its mythology and some music-only parts. There are two tiers of tickets, the cheap one goes for 60.000 dong and the expensive one for 100.000. I highly suggest buying the expensive one, because the difference is really small and the view from the front is much better. Attached to the theater, there is a very classy bar, which serves good snacks and drinks.

Visited August 2014
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“Not one to miss for adults and kids of all ages!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2014

You hear about it, and then you see it and can't believe how clever these water puppeteers are. Not one to miss when in Ha Noi.

Visited August 2014
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“One of a kind show”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

Vietnamese Water Puppet Shows are one of a kind in the world and it is only here in Hanoi where you will be able to see the best Water Puppet Theatre. The cost of the tickets is only $5 per person and is really worthwhile to make some time to attend one of these shows during the evening. Before the show started, the narrator explained the background and story line in English so that the tourists, not speaking Vietnamese, would be able to understand the songs and dialogue. We booked seats for the last show of the evening at 8 o' clock.The duration of the show is only one hour, so you have still plenty of time afterwards to have somewhere a nice dinner. At the end of the show the puppeteers came forward so that the audience could see them. They actually stood in the water behind a curtain to do all these magic movements with the puppets. We as adults enjoyed the show as much as the children who were in the theatre. Highly recommended and a must see when visiting Hanoi.

Visited July 2014
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“Don't waste your time”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2014

This place is more for local tourists than any other thing. First of all, you will understand almost nothing. There is no subtitles at all (other Theatres around the world such as Gabriadze Puppet Theatre in Tbilisi have English subtitles) so imagine how boring it is that I noticed many people ended up having a siesta in the theatre... Therefore it is basically visual and music. As for the performance, it shows rural and medieval life in Vietnam...

Visited August 2014
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“Boring with mediocre activities.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2014

Not worth spending your money to get in as the puppet shows are boring and way under my expectations. All you get to see are small puppets doing their thing along with the music that is not to everyone's liking. You can afford to give it a pass!

Visited August 2014
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