One of the activities that kept popping up during our research on the things to do in Hanoi is a visit to the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater located near Hoan Kiem Lake. The theater was built in 1969 and have been showing the unique Vietnam traditional art of water puppetry since 1990 by the talented and internationally-acclaimed Thang Long theater artists.
The one and a half hour show starts from 1530H to 2000H everyday and with an additional performance at 0930H on Sundays. I suggest buying tickets in advance (you can ask your hotel concierge to reserve for you) especially if you want to watch in the evening since tickets sold out pretty fast with the influx of tourists in Hanoi.
The theme of the show recounts the day-to-day living in rural Vietnam, festival celebrations, legends and folk tales and stories of harvest and fishing with humorous twists.
Thang Long Water Puppet Theater
57B Dinh Tien Hoang St.
Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel.: (84-04) 3 824-9494 / 825-5450
Fax: (84-04) 3 824-5117