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“Different form of entertainment”

Thang Long Water Puppet Theater
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US$11.00*
and up
Water Puppet Entrance Tickets with Hanoi Hotel Ticket Delivery
Ranked #21 of 289 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 16 March 2014

It takes a lot of skill to manoeuvre the puppets in the water that quickly and adeptly, using bamboo sticks and ropes, while standing in the water. Although I admire these skills, I found the show to be boring as it is not my type of entertainment. A few people left the show midway, while a few others fell asleep. I kept awake and watched the entire program and there are parts that are spectacular to watch.

There is an extra fee to pay for a permit to take photos, which I paid. There is no enforcement and I suspect a few people took photos without paying the fee, but that is for the theatre to sort out.

Thank PlanetOz
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Reviewed 16 March 2014

I went to a showing at the Water Puppet Theater a few weeks back. It was for the most part packed and I understand that it is a big tourist attraction here. As another reviewer noted, seating quarters etc. are somewhat tight. I have no idea if they have an elevator. If they do not, you need to be able to navigate stairs for sure. The water puppet theatrics were somewhat interesting to me but what I liked more was the traditional Vietnamese music that accompanied the show. I thought that was quite entertaining being somewhat of a music kind of guy. This is one of those attractions to Hanoi that is worth doing once in my opinion but I also am objective enough to understand if others would want to go more often. The cost is reasonable by all means. Now I can say "Been there done that."

Thank Paul C
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Reviewed 14 March 2014

This was a truly amazing experience. We did not know what to expect and we were so surprised how professional and unique the show was. You really must see it if you visit Hanoi.

Thank TravelManiaxxx
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Reviewed 14 March 2014

Colour, humour and music brilliantly presented. However, it is booked very quickly so on the first day of your arrival make sure you book a slot for your stay.

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Reviewed 14 March 2014

We visited this theater during TET but the crowd were mostly tourists. We were Lucky to have a seat on the first row ( reserved by our guide of Indochina Odyssey Tours ) On the left of the water-basin, on an elevated podium, a Vietnamese band is accompanying the puppet-performance which content is a mixture of Vietnamese legends such as the Magical Sword given by the Gods to the emperor to defeat the Chinese invaders . After the war the emperor was rowing on the Hoa Kiem Lake when a turle appeared and took the sword back to the Gods.
This legend and scenes of the daily life in the countryside of the North are the main topics of this show which is a real feast for the eyes. The puppets are controlled ( by puppeteers ) through a rod dancing on the greenish water of the basin.
Dragons glide over the water, phoenixes mate , ducks play with balls sending sprays of water all around, fish are jumping and frogs make happy leaps . The 8 musicians play their instruments while 2 ladies sing and give narratives. Really a fantastic and magical performance very much appreciated by the audience.

Thank roboesGistel
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