We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Water puppet show at Thao Dien Village

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 195 Nguyen Van Huong | Thao Dien Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City 700000, Vietnam
Phone Number:
+84 8 3744 6457
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Come and enjoy Vietnamese food at Ngon restaurant Thao Dien Village,...

Come and enjoy Vietnamese food at Ngon restaurant Thao Dien Village, visitors can entertain themselves with water puppet show here. The show upholds the culture, the traditions of this country and is acted like normal human beings by the well-trained artists. It highlights the creative bent of mind of the inhabitants of the city. Weekly one show is held from 19:30 to 20:00 every Saturday at Ngon restaurant in Thao Dien Village.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 330 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 84
  • 103
    Very good
  • 49
  • 7
  • 7
Cultural fun for all ages

Novel presentation of local stories by skilled puppeteers and backed up by a traditional 6 piece ‘orchestra’ who also provide the voices – it is all in Vietnamese - the stories... read more

Reviewed 16 January 2017
Durban, South Africa
Add Photo Write a Review

330 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 250: English reviews
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went in quite hesitantly thinking this was just another tourist trap attraction, but was not disappointed at our evening here! The puppet show is so fun, even if you have no idea what is going on, (theres a story in there somewhere - apparently) and you can see the love that goes into each show from the smiling band and... More 

Thank cahhhlum
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Purchased tickets through our guide. Was not super keen as it could be boring but it was anything but. There were live musicians accompanying the actual performance. The show was split into difference acts and with music and occasional Vietnamese commentary which nobody understood however it did not matter as the performance of the puppets was superb. A very noisy... More 

Thank Carol L
Level Contributor
487 reviews
203 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

We got tickets at our hotel and took a taxi through the bustling streets at Tet. Water Puppetry is a traditional and ancient Vietnamese folk art. The theatre is comfortable with good views of the show. The musicians bring the whole show to life and you don't need to understand the language to enjoy the antics of the puppets. If... More 

Thank CanBrit1
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

First time I saw water puppet show. Enjoyed it. It was very difficult to get a ticket for entry. I rang number of times was told full for next few days. Luckily I talked to the hotel employee and he managed to get two tickets for us. The seats were on second row. Anyone wanting to see the puppet show... More 

Thank Venkataya
Durban, South Africa
Level Contributor
322 reviews
132 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

Novel presentation of local stories by skilled puppeteers and backed up by a traditional 6 piece ‘orchestra’ who also provide the voices – it is all in Vietnamese - the stories are easy to follow but before you go in grab a programme in several languages including English as this sets out the scenes with explanatory titles – good fun... More 

Thank GDay1044
Penang, Malaysia
Level Contributor
25 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 December 2016

The entire show takes about 45 minutes and it is simply amazing to see the way that they control the movement of puppets, so synchronized and in tune with the music played by the live musicians. However, the songs and conversations are all in Vietnamese. Unless you understand the language, you will only be watching the movements of the puppets... More 

Thank HCHo13
Level Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2016

Seeing the show was a highlight to our trip. It would have been perfect if it was translated in English. ☺

Thank Tessa D
Level Contributor
27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Coming from Indonesia, where many type of puppets are well-known to the workd, I am still amazed by this water puppet show in Rong Yang. As the player of the puppets maybe using some hoses to breathe underwater at the time they move the puppets. Such a creative arts!!! A must for a visit to Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh especially.... More 

Thank Suryanto I
Level Contributor
13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

I went with family with my husband and 1 year old son. My son LOVED this show. He was constantly awed by the sudden dolls that would pop up from behind the banana leaf curtain. I didn't understand a thing but enjoyed the show as well. Me and my son sat waayy behind but when all the visitors were already... More 

Thank sontrs
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level Contributor
198 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

I was very excited to see this, but when i bought the tickets and went inside saw the entire place was full. Only to realize afterwards that it was in the local language and there were no translations.Nowhere it was mentioned that it would be in Vietnamese.

2 Thank Hemanksinghal

Travellers who viewed Water puppet show at Thao Dien Village also viewed


Been to Water puppet show at Thao Dien Village? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Water puppet show at Thao Dien Village and other visitors
5 questions
Ask a question
Margaret River West Australia
over a year ago
Le Mans, France
over a year ago

See all questions (5)

Questions? Get answers from Water puppet show at Thao Dien Village staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?