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Water Puppet Shows in Ho Chi Minh City

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Water Puppet Shows in Ho Chi Minh City
The Vietnamese art of water puppetry originated in the Red River Delta of North Vietnam around the 11th century when villagers put on shows after the rice paddies flooded. Today, the tradition is on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Here’s how to see water puppet shows in Ho Chi Minh City. 

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  • Watch as colorfully painted puppets seem to dance on water, accompanied by a live orchestra.
  • Learn more about the ancient art of water puppetry from a knowledgeable guide.
  • Combine a unique Vietnamese water puppet show with a cyclo tour (3-wheeled bicycle taxi) of Ho Chi Minh City or a scenic cruise along the Saigon River.
  • Choose an all-inclusive tour including dinner, show tickets, and hotel pickup and drop-off from Ho Chi Minh City hotels.

Dinner Shows
Tuck into a delicious dinner of typical Vietnamese cuisine at a local restaurant, and then head to a theater, such as the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater in Tao Dan Park, for an unforgettable hour-long show. Watch as the skilled puppeteers maneuver the wooden puppets from behind a bamboo screen, acting out tales of rural Vietnamese life and folklore on the water stage.  

Dinner Cruises
For an even more memorable experience, combine a water puppet show with a romantic dinner cruise along the Saigon River. Admire views of Ho Chi Minh City’s illuminated skyline as you cruise along the water and enjoy live, on-board entertainment from Vietnamese folk singers. 
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Saigon Evening Tour With Water Puppet Show And Dinner CruiseDay Cruises

Saigon Evening Tour With Water Puppet Show And Dinner Cruise

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Enjoy an unforgettable evening out in Ho Chi Minh City on this 5-hour tour. Experience a traditional Vietnamese Water Puppet show, admire the city by night on a cyclo ride, then set sail along the Saigon River for a scenic dinner cruise aboard a Dragon Boat.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Traditional Performances & Water Puppet Show In Ho Chi Minh CityTheater

Traditional Performances & Water Puppet Show In Ho Chi Minh City

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Get your hands on a ticket for a traditional water puppet performance in Ho Chi Minh City with this hassle-free package that includes delivery to your hotel. Booking in advance means you’ll avoid missing out on the often sold-out show and gain insight into an ancient Vietnamese cultural art. The traditional art is recognised as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO, making it a must-see during your Vietnam vacation.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
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Ho Chi Minh City : Top 1 Must Enjoy Water Puppet Show & Sai Gon Dinner On CruiseHalf-day Tours

Ho Chi Minh City : Top 1 Must Enjoy Water Puppet Show & Sai Gon Dinner On Cruise

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The art of water puppetry is an ancient Vietnamese tradition that has been passed down through generations. Witness the expert puppetry during a performance in Ho Chi Minh City, which includes hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off, and a Vietnamese dinner. Booking in advance means you'll avoid disappointment and won't have to worry about making it to the theatre on time, thanks to round-trip hotel accommodation.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Vietnamese Water Puppet Show & Dinner in Ho Chi Minh CityTheater

Vietnamese Water Puppet Show & Dinner in Ho Chi Minh City

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Enjoy an evening of entertainment that's perfect for the whole family during this Vietnamese water puppet show with dinner in Ho Chi Minh City. You'll witness a traditional performance, complete with orchestral music, while you savor the flavors of traditional local cuisine. Watch as artists play out scenes from daily life and cultural legends during this unique show.
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  • 4 hours
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Traditional Water Puppet Show and Illuminated Ho Chi Minh City Dinner Cruise with Private TransportDay Trips

Traditional Water Puppet Show and Illuminated Ho Chi Minh City Dinner Cruise with Private Transport

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Combine two quintessential Vietnamese experiences into one great-value package on this 6-hour evening tour from Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy a mesmerizing 45-minute Water Puppet Show, then dine on a buffet dinner of delicious Vietnamese cuisine and be entertained by traditional folk music as you cruise along the serene Saigon River.
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  • 5 hours
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Water Puppets & Saigon Dinner CruiseDinner Cruises

Water Puppets & Saigon Dinner Cruise

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Combine two popular experiences into one tour and enjoy an unforgettable evening in Ho Chi Minh City. First, attend a thrilling water puppet show at the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater and discover the ancient Vietnamese tradition of puppetry. Then, set sail along the Saigon River and tuck into a delicious dinner as you cruise past the illuminated city skyline.
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  • 4 hours
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Ho Chi Minh City Water Puppet Show Including Dinner CruiseTheater

Ho Chi Minh City Water Puppet Show Including Dinner Cruise

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This tour in Ho Chi Minh City combines a water puppet show with a dinner cruise for an entertaining evening out. The 1-hour puppet show introduces you to a traditional art form in Vietnamese culture, performed in a pool where the water is the stage. Then a cyclo ride takes you to the harbor for a scenic boat ride along the Saigon River, including dinner.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Vietnamese Water Puppet Show & Dinner CruiseHalf-day Tours

Vietnamese Water Puppet Show & Dinner Cruise

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Spend your evening in Ho Chi Minh City at a water puppet show, a traditional form of Vietnamese entertainment. Hear singers accompanied by a professional orchestra as talented puppeteers bring Vietnam’s folklore to life — all with a humorous twist. Then follow up with a dinner cruise on the Saigon River. You’ll glide past illuminated landmarks while listening to live folk songs.
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Water Puppet Show & Spa Relaxation Including Dinner in Ho Chi Minh CityTheater

Water Puppet Show & Spa Relaxation Including Dinner in Ho Chi Minh City

Treat yourself to an evening of Vietnamese culture, relaxation, and food during this excursion including a water puppet show and spa visit in Ho Chi Minh City. Get a taste for traditional Vietnamese arts during puppet performance featuring a professional orchestra. Then head to a local spa for an included hot stone massage and dinner at a local restaurant.
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  • 4 hours
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Saigon by Night: Traditional Dinner CruiseDinner Cruises

Saigon by Night: Traditional Dinner Cruise

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Take a short cyclo trip around Ho Chi Minh City, followed by a water puppet show and dinner cruise. Pass by points of interest, seen from a unique perspective, then be entertained at a typical cultural performance. After the show, float down the Bach Dang River while dining with spectacular views of illuminated Saigon. Private guide and round-trip hotel transport included.
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  • 5 hours
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Shore Excursion: Water Puppet Show & Dinner from Ho Chi Minh PortDay Trips

Shore Excursion: Water Puppet Show & Dinner from Ho Chi Minh Port

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Spend an evening exploring traditional Vietnamese culture: watch a water puppet show with a live orchestra and choir, then dine onboard a river cruise as folk singers serenade you with songs from rural Vietnam. This 6-hour evening excursion includes entrance fees, dinner, and round-trip transport from your Ho Chi Minh City cruise ship. Exact schedule can be tailored to your cruise ship’s itinerary.
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  • 6 hours
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