I've still never met anyone who wasn't enthralled the first time they saw a performance of water puppets, and this is about the only traditional form of Vietnamese entertainment you'll find after dark, so it's a must-see. Even if you don't have kids in tow, you'll snigger and giggle over the antics of the characters as they zip across a watery stage. Shows last just 45 minutes and are accompanied by traditional musicians playing live, and after the performance the puppeteers wade out from behind their screens to take a bow.
Thang Long Water Puppet Theater
57b Dinh Tien Hoang, Hoan Kiem District
Our Rating Neighborhood In the northeast corner of Hoan Kiem Lake Hours Shows daily 3:15, 5, 6:30, 8, 9:15pm Phone 04/3936-4335 Prices Tickets $2–$3 (camera or video extra) Web site Thang Long Water Puppet Theater
Map57b Dinh Tien Hoang, Hoan Kiem District Hanoi
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