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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 Theater Entrance Tickets
Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Theater Entrance Tickets
$10.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fast and sure
Is worth it as you have the assurance of having the tickets and when you arrive your tickets are ready overthere
Pere_L, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Hanoi

star-5
Delightful Tour
Laura_G, Aug 2022
Skip the Line:Water Puppet Show Ticket - Plus Free Tour for Hanoi (Optional)
Great tour guide and tour three hours before show, and charming, delightful water puppet show. Could not have asked for a better experience!
star-5
Must see
Brenda_C, Jul 2022
Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Theater Entrance Tickets
I didn’t know what to expect but it’s truly an enjoyable show for all ages, it’s a must when visiting Hanoi.
star-4
Very nice experience
AnilKumar_G, Jul 2022
Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Theater Entrance Tickets
Very nice experience. Tickets were all ready at the window. Seating was very good. Audio system was efficient.
star-5
A very entertaining evening
Fran_B, Feb 2020
Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Theater Entrance 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 Theater Entrance 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-4
Puppet show
Frank_G, Jul 2022
Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Theater Entrance Tickets
Very nice show just to many heads and people video taping which block the view many times. The characters were great as well as the musicians
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-5
You can visit a lot of places in 3 hours
esantos1957, Oct 2019
Private Evening Walking Tour - Cyclo & Water Puppet Show in Hanoi Old Quarter
In less than 3 hours I could visit several important places at the old center of Hanoi City, by byke, I have an interesting conversation with Tom, my young and smart guide, I could try the famous Pho, at a popular and traditional place, we walk, I have learnt the way to prepare Vietnamese coffee and attend to a wonderful puppet and musical show. My money was absolutely well spent ... highly recommended
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
next level puppet show
MariaVeronica_D, Jul 2022
Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Theater Entrance Tickets
the show was amazing. it would really amaze you how they control the puppets while on water. though i dont understand the language, since the show was in Vietnamese, i can understand the story a bit. the movements were entertaining and funny. The voices and music were superb.
star-5
Amazing water puppets
DIANNE_G, Mar 2020
Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Theater Entrance Tickets
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
star-5
Water puppet show: excellent, but Viator did not convince us.
michel_d, Mar 2020
Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Theater Entrance 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.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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