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Water Puppet Shows in Ho Chi Minh City

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. 

Highlights

  • 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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Ho Chi Minh City by Night including Water Puppet Show and Dinner on cruise

Ho Chi Minh City by Night including Water Puppet Show and Dinner on cruise

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Get a glimpse of Ho Chi Minh City highlights as a private driver-guide whisks you from your hotel to a water puppet show, where you’ll witness Vietnam’s traditional culture. Follow up this quintessential performance with a dinner cruise on the Saigon River. Indulge in delicious dishes and admire the illuminated city skyline while you drift past at night.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.00
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Ho Chi Minh City : Top 1 Must Enjoy Water Puppet Show & Dinner On Cruise

Ho Chi Minh City : Top 1 Must Enjoy Water Puppet Show & 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
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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Saigon by Night: Traditional Dinner Cruise

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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