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Water Puppet Show

The origin of the Water Puppet Show is one that exhibits Hanoians’ resilience — long ago, the rice paddies were flooded and as a way to lift the spirits of the people, villagers provided entertainment by standing in waist-deep water and making puppets move over the water. Today, the Water Puppet Show entertains guests by taking them on a journey to ancient village life, mythical creature dances, and bountiful harvests — all done in a modern pool. Tickets for the Water Puppet Show in Hanoi sells out fast and tourists are encouraged to buy one as soon as they get to Hanoi.



The Water Puppet Theater is located at 57B Dinh Tien Hoang, Hanoi, Vietnam.


Opening Days and Hours

Puppet shows run daily from 15:30 to 17:00, 18:30 to 20:00. A 9:30 show is available on Sundays.


Entry Fee and Bookings

Ticket costs range from VND 60,000-100,000 (USD 3-5) per person.


How to Get There

  • Fly to Hanoi via AirAsia, Korean Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Thai Airways, and Vietnam Airlines.
  • From Hanoi, board a mototaxi and ask to be dropped off at Hanoi Water Puppet Theatre.


Suggested For

  • Solo travelers
  • Couples
  • Families with kids
  • Groups of friends


Time to Spend

The average time spent on the show is between 2 to 3 hours.


Popularity and Best Time to Go

Water Puppet Shows are popular among tourists in Vietnam and tickets sell fast. It is suggested that you avail of tickets as soon as you get to Hanoi. The afternoon show — 15:30 to 17:00 — is one that is less crowded.



Choose from nearby dining options such as Hello Original Coffee House, Miss Hanoi Cafe, Nom Thit Bo Kho, Quang Minh Cafe, Lotteria Hoan Kiem, and Wrap and Roll.



Nearby Attractions

  • Hoan Kiem Lake
  • Temple of Literature
  • Ho Chi Minh Museum
  • Vietnam Women’s Museum



For accommodations, visit Hanoi Sofitel, Hanoi Hilton Opera, Serenade Hotel, Sunrise Hotel Hanoi, Hanoi Pearl Hotel, Boss Legend Hotel, and Thaison Palace Hotel. Rates range from USD 28 to USD 350.

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