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Water Puppet Show & Dinner Cruise

Rated 4.93 out of 5 from 14 reviews.Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Experience hosted by Thi

60 mins
Includes food, tickets, transport, equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Your evening begins with a 5.45pm pick-up from your central Ho Chi Minh City hotel by private vehicle. After a short drive through the city, arrive at the water puppet theater and take your seats for the show.

Prepare to be entertained as you follow the age-old folk tales, played out by colorful wooden puppets on a water-filled stage. The traditional art form dates back to the 11th century and this 45-minute show is a perfect introduction, with dazzling costumes, skilled puppeteers, and a live orchestra accompaniment featuring typical Vietnamese instruments such as bamboo flutes and wooden bells.

After a show-stopping performance, your driver will be waiting to transfer you to the docks, where you’ll board your cruise boat. Then, set sail along the illuminated waters of the Saigon River and admire the glittering skyline of Ho Chi Minh City. Along the way, tuck into a delicious dinner, filled with tasty Vietnamese specialties, as you listen to live folk music.

After a scenic 1.5-hour cruise, return to the docks, if you keep wanting to explore some inner area to see deeper Saigoner’s life such as old-style apartment, narrow maze alleyways, wholesale flower market, bustle shopping street or a quick visit to Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office,... we can help you go those places with our guides. They will show you night life of Sai Gon.

~ 10pm, the tour is finished.
Your evening begins with a 5.45pm pick-up from your central Ho Chi Minh City hotel by private vehicle. After a short drive through the city, arrive at the water puppet theater and take your seats for the show.

Prepare to be entertained as you follow the age-old folk tales, played out by colorful wooden puppets on a water-filled stage. The traditional art form dates back to the 11th century and this 45-minute show is a perfect introduc…

What's included

  • Food
    Cruise on Saigon River with dinner

  • Tickets
    Water puppet show ticket
  • Transport
    Transport by private vehicle
  • Equipment
    English-speaking tour guide
    Hotel pickup and drop-off
From £50
/ person
Mon, 13 Jul
00:00 - 01:00
£50 per person
£50 per person
Tue, 14 Jul
00:00 - 01:00
£50 per person
£50 per person
Wed, 15 Jul
00:00 - 01:00
£50 per person
£50 per person

Meet your host, Thi

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 14 Reviews
  • Identity verified
My name is Thi.

I am passionate about studying English and sharing the beauty of Vietnam. I've started learning English when I was in high school. I took several jobs as a city tour guide to practise my English skills with foreign visitors and improve my soft skills as well. Quickly, I became passionately interested in guiding tourists.

These activities is co -host with my friends (Thao, An) who have the same passion. With more than 15 years of working in Saigon tourism industry, we really like to organize your trip and share our local experience to you.
My name is Thi.

I am passionate about studying English and sharing the beauty of Vietnam. I've started learning English when I was in high school. I took several jobs as a city tour guide to practise my English skills with foreign visitors and improve my soft skills as well. Quickly, I became passionately interested in guiding tourists.

These activities is co -host with my friends (Thao, An) who have the same passion. With more than 15 years of working in Saigon tourism in…
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Where you'll be

-4-hour Water Puppet Show and Saigon River dinner cruise from Ho Chi Minh City

-Be entertained by a traditional 45-minute Water Puppet show

-Tuck into delicious Vietnamese cuisine on a 1.5-hour dinner cruise

-Marvel at the illuminated city from the water as you glide down the Saigon River

-Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up, dinner, and private round-trip transport

Rated 4.93 out of 5 from 14 reviews.

Yasuko
January 2020
It was nice night trip with motorcycles in Saigon. They gave us messages properly before tour. The water puppet was wonderful!! Every people from in the world, we can understand the story even if we don’t understand Vietnam language:) dinner cruise was also nice experience. We could enjoy a lot of Vietnam dishes:)
It was nice night trip with motorcycles in Saigon. They gave us messages properly before tour. The water puppet was wonderful!! Every people from in the world, we can understand th…
Tanvi
December 2019
Our guide jasmine was really nice and went out of her way make our experience a memorable one ... she was really sweet and great
M
December 2019
I was a little skeptical about a moto scooter tour in the hectic Ho Chi Minh traffic, but my bubbly and charming guide An made me feel I was in capable hands. The Water Puppet Theatre was a delight to see - highly recommended, and great for families traveling with children. Although the scooter might be a bit too much for kids. I enjoyed the boat tour to see the city lit up at night, although there are likely better food options in the city than the boat buffet. Meeting the guide An was a treat and overall I enjoyed the experience. A fun option for an evening out!
I was a little skeptical about a moto scooter tour in the hectic Ho Chi Minh traffic, but my bubbly and charming guide An made me feel I was in capable hands. The Water Puppet Th…
Yukie
November 2019
Thi & her friend were a really great host. It was a memorable and enjoyable evening for our family. She even stopped by at a pharmacy for my girls' medicine. Thank you for everything!
James
October 2019
The puppet show and dinner were interesting and fun. The girls that helped us made the experience awesome. They loved our kids and took really good care of them on the scooter and in any public place. During dinner, one of the girls even entertained our kids with oragami while having Q&A us adults. Excellent!
The puppet show and dinner were interesting and fun. The girls that helped us made the experience awesome. They loved our kids and took really good care of them on the scooter an…
Rachna
October 2019
The Water Puppet Show is unique to Vietnam, and should definitely be on everyone's list. It's a novel idea, the only issue is that it's performed only in the local language. So even if you do enjoy the experience, you can't really appreciate the story telling and the art form because you don't understand it. The dinner cruise was great. The food was authentic and some great performances by local artists. Overall, a fabulous experience.
The Water Puppet Show is unique to Vietnam, and should definitely be on everyone's list. It's a novel idea, the only issue is that it's performed only in the local language. So eve…

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  • Mon, 13 Jul
    00:00 - 01:00
    £50 per person
  • Tue, 14 Jul
    00:00 - 01:00
    £50 per person
  • Wed, 15 Jul
    00:00 - 01:00
    £50 per person
  • Thu, 16 Jul
    00:00 - 01:00
    £50 per person
  • Fri, 17 Jul
    00:00 - 01:00
    £50 per person
  • Sat, 18 Jul
    00:00 - 01:00
    £50 per person
  • Sun, 19 Jul
    00:00 - 01:00
    £50 per person
  • Mon, 20 Jul
    00:00 - 01:00
    £50 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 7 and up can attend.

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Departure Point:
Hotel or accommodation in central Ho Chi Minh City