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“A must do in Hanoi!”

Thang Long Water Puppet Theater
Ranked #3 of 305 things to do in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence
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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 6 April 2018 via mobile

We didn't really know much about this but our friends asked us if we wanted to join them so we thought why not!

The first night we tried to go it was actually sold out, so may be worth booking in advance, even if just the day before or in the day of the show!

I didn't really know what to expect but the show was incredible, a must do when in Hanoi! Such a good price as well, only a couple of pounds for a ticket! Highly recommend

Thank Tashasmith94
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

If you are going on the weekend book early.We booked 2 days before to get in on a Monday, the weekend is full of tours. Very entertaining show. The men and women who work the puppets are very talented
Great if you have children, the show is not to long and it moves at a good pace. It is well priced and a lot of fun

Thank HappyTraveller5155
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Go, do this - seats near the stage start at A then away from the stage b, c etc., 5 performances per day, get a seat down near the stage to get the full effect, super fun,only an hour but a little bit of culture

Thank Karen3640
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Though I can appreciate the arts... this puppet show is not for me...

Explanations of the stories are in English, Korean and Chinese. This is found on top of the stage.

Hard not to fall asleep.

Thank Reo A
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Part of a Gate 1 tour this was a unique experience. In a reasonably-sized theater, the stage is a pool of water, say 15 ft by 30 ft. Musicians on both sides of the stage provide live accompaniment. Instead of one “play” there were several shorter vignettes. The puppets are controlled by long bamboo poles held under water. The puppeteers are behind a bamboo screen at the back of the stage. Hand made, highly decorative puppets include humans, fire-breathing dragons, fish, ducks, and a fox. The story lines can be understood even if you don’t speak Vietnamese. The kids will even enjoy this one. Recommended.

Thank Curtis S
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