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Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre Tours

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Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre
The art form of water puppetry originated at least 1,000 years ago in the rice fields of north Vietnam. Particularly if you’re traveling with kids, you’d be remiss to leave Hanoi without catching a show at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre. A Vietnamese orchestra accompanies the water puppets, with some modern special effects.

The Basics
Right next to Hoan Kiem Lake (Lake of the Restored Sword) in the heart of the Old Quarter, the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre offers five shows a day complete with dry ice and fireworks. Shows are very popular, so book your water-puppet tickets ahead of time during high season; consider having tickets delivered to your hotel room to beat long lines upon arrival.

A few Hanoi city tours include Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre tickets, sometimes combined with a walking tour or food tour of the Old Quarter, a street-food haven with plenty of historical alleys.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre is a must for families.
  • The puppet performance lasts barely an hour, so neither adults nor children will have time to get bored.
  • Unlike some outdoor water-puppet shows, Thang Long is an enclosed theater, which means it’s pleasant even during winter.
  • There is a café on-site if you’d like to eat before or after your performance, as well as souvenir shops.

How to Get There
Right in the heart of the Old Quarter, close to Hoan Kiem Lake, Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre is an easy, pleasant walk from Old Quarter hotels, where most tourists stay. If you’re staying farther afield, buses 8, 9, 14, 31, and 36 run to Hoan Kiem Lake—or simply book tickets as a package with round-trip transfers.

When to Get There
Like most theaters, the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre is busiest on weekends, so visit during the week for a quieter session. There are five shows per day, from mid-afternoon through late evening, with an additional morning show on Sundays. As with elsewhere in Vietnam, it can be packed over the Tet (Lunar New Year) period.

The History of the Water Puppets
Both China and Southeast Asia have a rich puppeteering tradition, but water puppets are a specifically Vietnamese creation. They originated in the flooded rice paddies of the Red River Delta and have been documented for over 1,000 years—since Hanoi was first established. During summer, outdoor performances feel more atmospheric and closer to the original rice fields.
Address: 57B Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
Admission: Varies
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Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Tickets

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You have a choice of standard, deluxe, or VIP first class seats to the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater in Hanoi. Book your entrance ticket and skip the line with priority seating. The unique puppetry performance is done on the water, accompanied by storytelling and music. Choose a showtime to fit your sightseeing schedule.
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Enjoy a hassle-free experience for the Thang Long Water Puppet show by booking your admission ticket in advance. Watch this live performance of this traditional Vietnamese art form in a show that lasts about one hour. Choose from several showtimes to suit your schedule. Simply arrive at least 15 minutes before showtime, then enjoy a water puppet show that depicts legends and traditional life.
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Skip the lines and the hassle with this book ahead service that includes Water Puppet entrance tickets. Choose from several showtimes to fit your travel schedule.Arrive at the theater 15 minutes before showtime and prepare to experience one of Vietnam's most memorable traditional art forms live on stage. Water Puppetry is a traditional art form with distinctive culture identity of Vietnam. It came into existence, developed and diversified over a thousand years ago in the Red River Delta. Thanks to unique performances on the water, this puppetry art is famous and highly appreciated all over the world. - Admission ticket to Thang Long Water Puppet Theater in Hanoi - Marvel at the traditional art form developed over centuries - Book your entry fee ahead of time and skip waiting in line - Select the showtime that suits your schedule
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