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Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre
Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

57B Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hanoi

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.

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Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Tickets
Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Tickets
$5.52 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Amazing water puppets
Great show nice venue staff very good just the right length of time very clever and very professional show started on time a must see
DIANNE_G, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Hanoi

star-5
Amazing experience
Marcin_Z, May 2020
Skip the Line: Water Puppet Entrance Tickets with Hanoi Hotel Ticket Delivery
Fantastic performance. Very different from what we know from Europe. For me, what was interesting, was not only puppets and water stage, but also music instruments played during the performance.
star-5
Water puppet show: excellent, but Viator did not convince us.
michel_d, Mar 2020
Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Tickets
The water puppet show was fantastic. We had excellent seats in front of the stage. However, it was the first time we used 'Viator' and our experience with the platform was rather bad.
star-5
Water puppet show
Christine_B, Mar 2020
Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Tickets
Very easy on line website and easy ticket pickup. The cafe next to the show was outstanding, highly recommend.
star-5
A very entertaining evening
Fran_B, Feb 2020
Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Show Tickets
This show came highly recommended to us and the show did not disappoint. Very interesting to watch the puppets entertain us. So glad we attended this show!
star-5
Spectacular
Cassandra_C, Jan 2020
Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Tickets
Booking and receiving the ticket was hassle-free. Good price. Seating a little bit random considering there were lots of empty seats near the middle, however I am glad I booked online to save myself a headache of buying at the office.
star-5
Show was greater, tour company was not
Christopher_L, Dec 2019
Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Show Ticket - with Hotel Ticket Delivery
Great show, must watch!! Tour company was not good though, booked the ticket based on availability and paid ticket. However, got text the ticket is no longer available, provided alternative show with very bad seats.
star-4
Beautiful!
Mary Beth R, Nov 2019
Skip the Line: Water Puppet Entrance Tickets with Hanoi Hotel Ticket Delivery
Loved the show!! You can just easily go during the day to buy tickets, but it is convenient to pay a bit more thru viator and get some beautiful post cards and the tickets delivered to your hotel!
star-4
Water Puppets
Dale S, Oct 2019
Water Puppet Entrance Tickets with Hanoi Hotel Ticket Delivery
Original entertaining presentation of a classic Vietnamese story (it's all sung and presented in Vietnamese), so worth reading up first
star-5
Well worth seeing!
jeljeli, Feb 2020
Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Tickets
Lovely puppet show with live superb musicians. We had to exchange our emailed tickets at a nearby hotel which was quite difficult to find, and not very nearby, so allow extra time for this.
star-5
a quick view of hanoi
christophe_r, Oct 2018
Private Tour: Hanoi City Tour Including Water Puppet Show and Cyclo Ride
Pick up on time at the hotel.Great view of the city starting with Ho Chi Minh mosoleum, the garden then the anthropology museum.Lunch and then water puppets and cyclo.Fine
star-5
I wasn't at all sure about the cyclo...
Donna H, Mar 2018
Hanoi Cyclo City Tour Including Water Puppet Show and Hotel Pickup
I wasn't at all sure about the cyclo ride, as traffic in Hanoi is terrifying and I felt sure we would get killed by a vehicle. However, it is actually fun and relaxing. The drivers knew how to safely navigate traffic, and you can see more going at the slow pace of a cyclo than speeding by in a taxi. We got a really nice view of the city. The water puppet theater is nice, but the lesser feature of this tour for me. As a cultural activity it's great, with authentic costumes, music and performance. It's hard to follow the storyline since it's all in Vietnamese, and my teenage son quickly got bored. And, yes, you can certainly arrange tickets and transportation for these activities on your own. But being newcomers to the country and unfamiliar with the city or the selection of things to do, we appreciated having it packaged up for us, along with hotel pickup. Definitely worth doing!
star-5
Delightful!!!
Pamela_N, Oct 2019
Skip the Line: Water Puppet Entrance Tickets with Hanoi Hotel Ticket Delivery
I am so glad that I could fit this into my itinerary at the end of my visit to Hanoi. It had been recommended and it was visually so appealing. I might even go back if I get a chance to be back in Hanoi.👍👍👍

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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