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Experience the magic of a water puppet show at a traditional theater in Hanoi on this exciting 4-hour cultural excursion. Catch a glimpse of Vietnam’s colorful past as you marvel at expertly wielded puppets performing on the water’s surface. Pleasure your palate with an array of delectable dishes during a traditional buffet dinner and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of a bustling market during a brief stop prior to the puppet show. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this enriching small-group tour, on which numbers are limited to eight people. 


  • 4-hour Hanoi evening including water puppet show and dinner
  • Hear traditional legends as your guide helps you follow the storyline at a water puppet theater
  • Enjoy a selection of Vietnamese dishes at Sen Tay Ho restaurant’s dinner buffet
  • Round-trip hotel transport by minivan included
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of eight people ensures a personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Water Puppet Show with Buffet Dinner from Hanoi

Water Puppet Show with Buffet Dinner from Hanoi

Depart from your Hanoi hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and venture to a local market to immerse yourself in the vibrant Vietnamese culture. Browse stalls bursting with exotic ingredients and listen as your knowledgeable guide directs your attention to objects of interest, then travel to either the Long Water Puppet Theatre of Bong Sen Theatre depending on availability. 

Gain fascinating insight into the origin of water puppetry from your guide then take a seat to witness a 50-minute performance that offers a unique glimpse into traditional Vietnamese culture. Be mesmerized by historical tales and folkloric legends as masterful puppeteers control wooden puppets with long bamboo rods. Understand the complex storylines with help from your guide and enjoy melodious musical accompaniments from a talented Vietnamese orchestra. 

After the captivating show concludes, heads to West Lake to satisfy your appetite with an exquisite array of traditional Vietnamese dishes. Absorb the elegant decoration and charming ambience as you feast on dishes such as spring rolls, tender pork belly and fresh seafood followed by a sweet treat. 

Sated, return to your spacious vehicle and relax during the journey back to your Hanoi hotel. 

Customer Reviews

Susan S. W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

the puppet show was well done, the puppeteers expert, the length perfect for a western audienc

Natalia L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Really enjoyed it. The tour guide was very helpful and the buffet dinner was fantastic famous vitamise street food, sea food, Japanese cousin. It is one of the best memory of Hanoi


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Love it, totally worth our extra money we paid for private, it was truly exclusive for me and my family of 3, got the whole medium size boat by ourselves, impressed by the tour guide "Toan" whose English was very good. We were taken care of by Toan in the most friendly and professional way, big thanks.

Patricia P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Totally recommend this show - we went not sure what to expect but it was one of the highlights of our stay in Hanoi. Though we could not understand the whole story (told in Vietnamese), the puppets and the whole play were so lively that you know (or guess!) what is happening quite well. This is a small theater, very intimate and we were lucky to sit up close. We were happily surprised to hear live music and singing, which really made the whole evening memorable.

Mary A

4 star rating: Recommended October 2016

Show was not bad, but not as big a production as I was expecting thought there would be more puppets. The guide was friendly. Buffet dinner was better than I expected and one of the best meals I had in Hanoi, with a huge variety of food available. Overall a good night out.


4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

As a cultural activity this was excellent, but not to my taste and this was NOT their fault. The meal was a surprise and a very pleasant one. It was superb!

Susan M

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

A great evening out in Hanoi. The traditional water puppet show was entertaining and the international buffet dinner was sensational and quite unexpected. The guide was very happy to show us around parts of Hanoi that we may not of seen and took his lead from us.

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