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Top 5 Vietnamese Cultural Show & Performances

Posted By : Threeland Travel / Vietnam Travel Guide

Vietnam is a country of cultural diversity with 54 ethnics across the land and the history to be traced back to 4000 years. Throughout its time, generations of Vietnamese people have created a lot of traditional arts to express the culture, to spread & educate to the youth and to promote to other foreign cultures. Nowadays, performance creators make tweaks to innovate the experience and transfer the art to be more creative and modern as well as easier to access. Theatres and live shows usually offer impressive acrobatic, dance, and music performances by talented local artists that is perfect for family tour, private tour and even MICE tour to Vietnam. Here are the top 5 Vietnamese cultural shows and performances that you should not miss in your Vietnam tours as below: 

1/ Traditional Vietnamese Water puppet
Legend has it that, from about 1000 years ago this performance was inspired from the common life of peasants in Northern Vietnam. The stage has a frugal appearance in the middle of a shallow pond formed from the waist-deep water level of cultivated paddies. The concept based on the heart of rural Vietnamese activities such as fishing, agriculture and traditional tales and stories. When viewing one of these plays, you will not only be able to witness people's lives but also appreciate the creative side of these farmers – puppeteers. Flawlessly moving, master-controlled puppets hiding behind the curtains, arrangement of classical musical instruments and incredible vocalists create what people call the classic Vietnam "symphony."
There are lots of water puppet theater across Vietnam, but the most popular theaters are Thang Long theater in Hanoi and Golden Dragon theater in Ho Chi Minh City. 

Thang Long Water Puppet Theater
Address: 57B Dinh Tien Hoang street, Hang Bac Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Time: Usually 4 daily shows in late afternoon and evening.
Price: Around $6

Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater
Address: 55B Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh. 
Time: Usually 2 daily shows in late afternoon and evening.
Price: Around $6
Other note: As the puppets & stage are quite small, you should choose closer seats for the best view.

2/ Quintessence Tonkin
Defined by stunning water stage, 3D visual effects, authentic costumes, live music, coordinated choreography, this show has been able to reconstruct and recapture the most compelling elements of Vietnamese village life, from folklore, music, poetry to water puppetry, Buddhism. Among more than 200 artists, of which more than half are local village residents. They have been undergoing instruction for over 2 years, now taking their spirit to the show stage from their own conventional entertainment. . Who else can tell Tonkin's story better than the villagers themselves? It is really a performance that you should not miss when travel on your best tour to Vietnam.

Time: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 19:00-20:00
Place: Village of Da Phuc, commune of Sai Son, district of Quoc Oai, Hanoi
Price: $35-$ 52, depending on the seat type

3/ Hoi An Memories
Hoi An Memories is a large-scale outdoor show at Hoi An Impression Theme Park, a popular theme park nearby of Hoi An Town. The stage features both watery and rocky landscapes extending over one kilometer and featuring 500 actors & artists. The state-of-the-art audio and lighting technologies are used to produce a creative and entertaining display. This show has recently set two new records in Vietnam: Vietnam's largest outdoor venue, and the largest number of performers in Vietnam. The infamous Reuter also praised that the show is a global phenomenal to the futuristic tourism industry and is a performance not to missed in your Vietnam Holiday Package

Time: 7:30 PM-8:45 PM (weekly except Tuesday)
Place: Hoi An Impression Park, Con Hen (200 Nguyen Tri Phuong turn left), Cam Nam, Hoi An, Quang Nam
Price: The ticket varies based on the seat type: From 600,000 VND (USD 26) (ECO) to 900,000 VND (USD 39) (VIP).

4/ A O Show by Lune Production
Being held at the iconic Saigon Opera House, A O Show by Lune Production features visual illusions and amazing performers, combined with contemporary music by a group of talented in-house artists. Missing only the colorful outfits, the crew is often regarded as the infamous Cirque du Soleil, who balances giant bamboo props. Not only that they will execute gravity-defying stunts, but they also make your hearts to sync with the tempo of the show. Afterwards, local dancers and musicians are very friendly to meet and greets their guest. 

Time: The show performs based on schedule at 18:00 and 20:00 on their website
Place: Ho Chi Minh City at the Saigon Opera House @ 07 Cong Truong Lam Son, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh;

or HOI AN LUNE CENTER For the Performing Arts in Hoi An @ 1A Nguyen Phuc Chu, Hoi An, Quang Nam
Price: The adult price varies from US$ 28 to US$ 57 per person, and from US$ 18 to US$ 42.75 for children (7 – 12 years old), depending on the seats.

5/ The Touch Of Masters' Hands
The Touch of Masters' Hands: Vietnamese Authentic Cultural Show provides the opportunity for travelers to learn about the many regions of Vietnam such as history, music genres, and instruments. The show stands out from most of Ho Chi Minh City's cultural shows because it uses no sort of sound amplifiers, providing a completely authentic musical experience. An experienced host gives detailed descriptions to an international audience during the broadcast, in English, French, Japanese and Vietnamese. Best of all, you will also be served with three kinds of luxury tea, various varieties of Vietnamese cookies and candy, and enjoy the ability to learn how to play instruments during the show.

Time: Weekly Saturdays from 7:30pm to 8:45pm
Place: Phuong Bao Music Center, 11 Bis Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Price: USD 15 for front row seat

That is our top 5 Vietnamese cultural show that is must-see in your holiday, which can be all combined into a Best Heritage Tour in Vietnam. Our travel experts at Threeland will assist you to create the best tours for you. Please feel free to leave us an email at [email protected] or What’s App: +84342620068 or call +842439262056.