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Experience the magic of a water puppet show at a traditional theater in Hanoi on this exciting 4-hour cultural excursion. Catch a glimpse of Vietnam’s colorful past as you marvel at expertly wielded puppets performing on the water’s surface. Pleasure your palate with an array of delectable dishes during a traditional buffet dinner and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of a bustling market during a brief stop prior to the puppet show. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this enriching small-group tour, on which numbers are limited to eight people. 
  • 4-hour Hanoi evening including water puppet show and dinner
  • Hear traditional legends as your guide helps you follow the storyline at a water puppet theater
  • Enjoy a selection of Vietnamese dishes at Sen Tay Ho restaurant’s dinner buffet
  • Round-trip hotel transport by minivan included
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of eight people ensures a personalized experience
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Professional guide
Bottled water

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pickup and drop-off in Hoan Kiem, Ba Dinh, Hai Ba Trung District

Departure Time

4:30 PM
Depart from your Hanoi hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and venture to a local market to immerse yourself in the vibrant Vietnamese culture. Browse stalls bursting with exotic ingredients and listen as your knowledgeable guide directs your attention to objects of interest, then travel to either the Long Water Puppet Theatre of Bong Sen Theatre depending on availability. 

Gain fascinating insight into the origin of water puppetry from your guide then take a seat to witness a 50-minute performance that offers a unique glimpse into traditional Vietnamese culture. Be mesmerized by historical tales and folkloric legends as masterful puppeteers control wooden puppets with long bamboo rods. Understand the complex storylines with help from your guide and enjoy melodious musical accompaniments from a talented Vietnamese orchestra. 

After the captivating show concludes, heads to West Lake to satisfy your appetite with an exquisite array of traditional Vietnamese dishes. Absorb the elegant decoration and charming ambience as you feast on dishes such as spring rolls, tender pork belly and fresh seafood followed by a sweet treat. 

Sated, return to your spacious vehicle and relax during the journey back to your Hanoi hotel.
Stop At:  
Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre
Just spending a few hours exploring the exclusiveness and differences of Ha Noi city tour by night. This night in Ha Noi will show you the different facets of the city. This night tour is to offer you the unique activities which only take place at night. The evening will begin with an interesting trip to see the local market before enjoying the Water Puppet performance. Water Puppetry originated in Northern Vietnam and Ha Noi is the best place to see it. Puppets are made from light timbers, are carved, polished and decorated with different colours to demonstrate the clear personalities of each character. The show is performed in a pool using the water surface as the stage. The stage is decorated with flags, fans, parasols. The artisans inside the cabin control puppets. They perform puppets with the system of ropes arranged outside or under water. It’s a unique look into rural Vietnamese life and folklore and an important part of the Vietnamese culture.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
West Lake
After the show, we will head to West Lake where we will enjoy an amazing buffet dinner. Buffet in Ha Noi is an exquisite experience for customers and the location is a nostalgic reminder of Ha Noi’s past.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This shared tour will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • Free for children 0-2 years old
  • 50% off for children 3-10 years old
  • Maximum 1 child accompanied 1 adult, the 2nd child will pay the adult price.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hoi An Express Travel
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during HA NOI WATER PUPPET SHOW with BUFFET DINNER?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by HA NOI WATER PUPPET SHOW with BUFFET DINNER.
What is the policy on sanitization during HA NOI WATER PUPPET SHOW with BUFFET DINNER?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by HA NOI WATER PUPPET SHOW with BUFFET DINNER.

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, Jan 2018
DO NOT BOOK THIS TOUR The Tour Itself: We were picked up at 4:30 by our guide who immediately hurried us into a van for a 5pm showing of the Water Puppet theatre. Upon getting into the van we were told in broken English 'You're going to the the Water Puppet Theatre now', the guide then proceeded to talk to the driver in Vietnamese for the next twenty minutes. We were then dropped at the theatre without any explanation whatsoever of the show and told to come and find the driver and guide when the show was over. The guide was unable to answer any questions whatsoever relating to Water Puppets or their history at one point my partner asked 'How long has the theatre been in Hanoi?' to which the guide stated 'I don't know'. We also asked how old Water Puppet shows were to which he said '900 years I think?'. Other than that there was no conversation from the guide. Following the show the guide escorted us back to the van and we were deposited at a buffet dinner that was not at Westlake but around the corner from the show which had almost no Vietnamese dishes but entirely French cuisine which was appallingly low quality and honestly the only bad food we had throughout our entire trip in Vietnam before immediately being taken back to the van and dumped back at our hotel at 7pm whilst our 'guide' and the van driver talked the entire time without saying a word to us. The '4 hour' tour lasted less than 2 hours with no historical context given and no interaction from our guide, including skipping the trip promised in the description to the market. When our complaints were expressed to the tour provider we were told that the guide had given us 'lots' of context with less than two sentences said and that as it was a weekend and certain streets were closed in the Old Quarter they had to skip two hours of the tour Keep in mind we could've gone on foot with the guide and the Old Quarter has these streets closed literally every weekend and no refunds would be provided. This is the only bad experience we've had in over a month in Vietnam and I feel genuinely bad for having to write it. I repeat: DO NOT BOOK THIS TOUR
The show is ok if you have not seen...
Julia C
, May 2017
The show is ok if you have not seen a water puppet show. Can do without the dinner though. Have to travel about half an hour to a restaurant in the outskirts. Place is big with many buffet stations but so are the number of people rushing for the food.Standard of food - average.
Show was not bad, but not as big a...
Mary A
, Oct 2016
Show was not bad, but not as big a production as I was expecting thought there would be more puppets. The guide was friendly. Buffet dinner was better than I expected and one of the best meals I had in Hanoi, with a huge variety of food available. Overall a good night out.
the puppet show was well done, the...
Susan S. W
, Nov 2015
the puppet show was well done, the puppeteers expert, the length perfect for a western audienc e
Really enjoyed it. The tour guide...
Natalia L
, Nov 2015
Really enjoyed it. The tour guide was very helpful and the buffet dinner was fantastic famous vitamise street food, sea food, Japanese cousin. It is one of the best memory of Hanoi
As a cultural activity this was...
, Aug 2015
As a cultural activity this was excellent, but not to my taste and this was NOT their fault. The meal was a surprise and a very pleasant one. It was superb!
Love it, totally worth our extra...
, Mar 2015
Love it, totally worth our extra money we paid for private, it was truly exclusive for me and my family of 3, got the whole medium size boat by ourselves, impressed by the tour guide "Toan" whose English was very good. We were taken care of by Toan in the most friendly and professional way, big thanks.
Totally recommend this show - we went...
Patricia P
, Oct 2014
Totally recommend this show - we went not sure what to expect but it was one of the highlights of our stay in Hanoi. Though we could not understand the whole story (told in Vietnamese), the puppets and the whole play were so lively that you know (or guess!) what is happening quite well. This is a small theater, very intimate and we were lucky to sit up close. We were happily surprised to hear live music and singing, which really made the whole evening memorable.
A great evening out in Hanoi. The...
Susan M
, Oct 2014
A great evening out in Hanoi. The traditional water puppet show was entertaining and the international buffet dinner was sensational and quite unexpected. The guide was very happy to show us around parts of Hanoi that we may not of seen and took his lead from us.
Wir wurden pünktlich im Hotel von...
, Jan 2018
Wir wurden pünktlich im Hotel von einem sehr sauberen SUV abgeholt und zum Wasserpuppentheater gebracht. Der Guide erzählte uns auf em Weg dorthin bereits einiges Interessantes. Die Show selbst war sehr schön, eben typisch für Vietnam. Sie dauerte ca. 50 Min. Danach holte uns der Guide wieder ab und es ging wieder mit dem Auto in etwas Entfernung in ein Restaurant. So ein großes Restaurant hatten wir nicht erwartet. Es war mehr als nur ein Buffet, sondern gleich eine ganze Foodmeile. Aus allen Ländern konnte man Essen auswählen, egal ob Japanisch, Italienisch, Vietnamesisch etc. Wir hatten ca. 2 Stdunden Zeit zum essen, was auch ausreichte. Im Restaurant war auch gut Unterhaltung, neben einer Show für Kinder waren auch noch andere Veranstaltungen zu finden. Absolut empfehlenswert für Leute die gerne mal neues Essen probieren und sich so richtig vollstopfen wollen :D

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