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This was my second time visiting Ho Chi Minh City or known as Saigon. The first time when I was backpacking with my friend and now I was so glad that I had a chance to backpack with my parents. Backpacking for the second time of course I was so organized and familiar with the city. I want this backpacking as perfect as it can be for both of my parents. I was arrived from Makassar in Sulawesi and my parents joined me in Ho Chi Minh City.
To watch the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Show, actually I already booked this with the tour from "Vietnam Lotus Tour". It was for 8usd per person as they picked us up and bought a ticket show early as the ticket is sold out early. I contacted them early before I arrived in Ho Chi Minh because we arrived at the hotel around 4pm and watch the show around 6.30pm. So it was considered acceptable to book this tour early. I still felt very tired from backpacking from Indonesia.
Eventhough this was my 2nd time here, but this was my first time watching this show. I heard about it in a TripAdvisor. At first I thought this show is just normal puppet show but unexpectedly I really love the show. My parents also love it. As long as they happy it should be OK right?
The show took about 45 minutes. All the seat were numbered and we got very good seat. During the show, you can recorded the entire show and took photos. The language they using was Vietnamese and we does not really know what they were saying. But you can figured out by their action and some scene were so funny. The show had many short scene, all by the scenes based on the Vietnamese culture and daily activities. The music was live and been played by a few musician.
I really thought that the one who controlled the puppet were beneath the water, but no, all of them are behind the wooden curtain. They are very professional. I was really impressed with the last segment which was the Traditional Dance part. Wow! So nice! My parent really enjoyed the show as this show is really unique and different from our culture and something new to us.
Outside, they were selling the souvenirs. But I was not really interested though the price also expensive. When we came out from the hall, Miss Khan were waiting for us and we went back straight to out hotel. If you tend to visit this city, put this show in your list. But the ticket early as the ticket sold out very fast.