Evening Tour In Ho Chi Minh City With Water Puppet Show And Dinner Cruise

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Evening Tour In Ho Chi Minh City With Water Puppet Show And Dinner Cruise
from USD $51.70
Experience a 1-hour traditional puppetry art show popular for adults and children alike. Also, take a ride on a cyclo for a leisure ride through the sights, sounds and smells of this historic metropolis to explore the city at night. Then, enjoy a 2-hour scenic cruise along the Saigon River in a traditional junk served Vietnamese or Western dinner.
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In Brief

Quận 1, Vietnam
5 hours
Cycle the city streets to absorb the local atmosphere
Enjoy a romantic night including dinner
Excellent value for money
Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
Dinner included
Private guide for a more personalized experience
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: TNK Travel, Ho Chi Minh City 700000 Vietnam

Pick you up from the hotel for first stop and enjoy a leisurely ride on cyclos through the busy street of Saigon in the late evening, getting yourself into the Saigon atmosphere.

Next, enjoy the unique art of water puppet show, a traditional art form closely connected with the long-standing spiritual life of the Vietnamese people. It is performed in a pool of water with the water surface being the stage. A traditional Vietnamese orchestra provides background music accompaniment. Singers with origin in north Vietnam sing songs which tell the story being acted out by the puppets (are carved out of wood). Although the authentic shows are exclusively in Vietnamese, the tales depict rural life in villages and are easy to understand. The shows typically last for one hour and offer a colorful way to enjoy an ancient tradition.

Then, continue to the harbor for a dinner cruise, enjoy the city lights and panoramic views of Ho Chi Minh City . Enjoy sumptuous Vietnamese cuisine on this magical dinner cruise aboard a traditional-style Dragon Boat or the Modern Style Boat (depend on the day)

The trip ends back at your hotel around 9:30pm.

Duration: 5 hours


  • Transportation by car & cyclo
  • Local English speaking tour guide
  • Pickup and drop-off at your hotel in Dist 1 in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Entry/Admission - TNK Travel


  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Beverage
  • Insurance

Departure Time

5:30 PM

Departure Point

22 Bùi Viện, Phường Phạm Ngũ Lão, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

Traveler pickup is offered
The local supplier offers the pickup service for Meeting point and The centrally hotels/ accommodations located in Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City, in more detail consisting of streets: Lý Tự Trọng, Lê Thánh Tôn, Trương Định, Nguyễn An Ninh, Phan Chu Trinh, Lưu Văn Lang, Lê Anh Xuân, Đồng Khởi, Nguyễn Huệ, Thi Sách, Thái Văn Lung, Mạc Thị Bưởi, Hồ Huấn Nghiệp, Nguyễn Thái Bình, Lê Thị Hồng Gấm, Bùi Thị Xuân, Sương Nguyệt Anh and Ký Con
*** Note: The exact pickup time in the above prescribed ranges varies according to the position of the customers’ hotels or the pickup points required.
***Because of the traffic rule, the hotels/accommodations which located in the alley will be not served the pickup service.
******The meeting point address:
+ 22 Bùi Viện Street, Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat and the tour inclusions. Please advise the supplier if you have from 1 infant at time of booking.
  • A surcharge maybe applied to the bookings with 2 or more children.
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required.
  • Not wheelchair accessible.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.42 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Starting with Cyclo ride the entire evening was a great fun and quite a relaxing one. The puppet show was good, the dinner cruise was great with Vegetarian Options. Timely pickup and drop from the hotel.
• Submitted 01 Jan 2020
This is a great way of night entertainment. Including the dinner cruise. I think it's a must if u in saigon.
• Submitted 02 Aug 2019
I had great fun during this tour. My husband and I had an individual assigned to us for the evening. Thank you, Viator.
• Submitted 10 Mar 2018
Puppet show is very traditional and the cyclo ride was amazing through Saigon traffic. The dinner river cruise was fun as well.
• Submitted 08 Dec 2017
This was a wonderful experience and the dinner was excellent.
• Submitted 22 Sep 2017
We were picked up from hotel and taken to water puppet show which we really enjoyed.The cyclo ride to the boat was an eye opener with traffic being extremely busy and found they expected to be tipped.The meal on the boat trip provided good choices and we were escorted back to the hotel by our guide she was great.Would recommend this tour as a fun night out
• Submitted 11 Jul 2017
Fantastic tour, loved the water puppet show and the trip down the river. The meal on the boat very enjoyable especially the meal, our guide Tom was excellent. Great value for money.
• Submitted 09 Apr 2017
The local tour guide, Nien, came promptly at 6pm; we were bought to the water puppet show via a flag down cab. The show was entirely conversed in Vietnam, making it impossible to understand the story. Cyclo ride follows the show, and it's definitely a dangerous experience. Love the dinner cruise!
• Submitted 29 Oct 2016
I cannot t describe how excellent it was! Definitely a must do when u are in Ho Chi Minh city..
• Submitted 10 Jun 2016
Loved the dinner on the cruise, magnificent performance at the water puppet show and enjoyed the the view of Ho Chi Minh on the cyclo.. Something that not be missed on your trip to go chi minh
• Submitted 12 Apr 2016
Even though the puppet show was not in English it was still entertaining. The cyclo ride was fun, but I felt guilty when the man had to peddle me over a long steep bridge to the boat where the cruise was. There were two of us but they served us enough food for five. It just kept on coming and was delicious. We had a great time. U should try it!
• Submitted 10 Nov 2015
We wanted to experience a traditional puppet show. We loved the work that went into the show by the puppetiers and musician. We left feeling very pleased. We learned new things and were entertained. Were the accommodations 5 star, no but that was part of the charm. Loved it!!
• Submitted 05 Feb 2019
This was a fantastic experience. Starting with the cyclo tour which was amazing - the only thing I will say is that they expect a tip which there is absolutely nothing wrong with this however it would have been good if the tour company could have made recommendations to an appropriate amount. Worrying about this affected my ultimate enjoyment of the trip. The puppet show was amazing and dinner on the boat once again fantastic. Six of us and we all had an amazing time, definitely well worth doing
• Submitted 10 Jan 2019
Everything well well except the local guide was a little late picking us up. As a result, the water puppet show started when we arrive at the theatre. It is well worth watching the show and admiring at the dexterity of the puppet masters, who revealed themselves at the end of the show, are young and enthusiastic. Although we did not understand the singing and dialogue, they were very well synchronised with the movements of the puppets. Following the show, we were transported to the pier for our dinner cruise by cyclo. The cyclo ride is very enjoyable as it offers an evening tour of the city weaving in and out of the traffic. The cruise ship is large and stable. We did not feel that we were on a boat all at. The fixed food menu was good and they are able to cater for food preferences with advance notice. At the end of the crusie, we were all visibly relaxed and were transported back to the hotel. Overall, a very good experience.
• Submitted 16 Mar 2018
Excellent program and arrangements.
• Submitted 24 Nov 2017
Our Tour guide was amazing!She was so lovely and spoke good English. The tour was awesome the only thing that might need to be clarified is the cylo ride. Both myself and mum were hounded by our drivers to give them tips( which is fine) but then our guide also paid as it was included in the tour
• Submitted 27 Aug 2017
The cyclos were probably the highlight of this tour. Puppet show is in Vietnamese and fairly quirky. Dinner cruise was good. Host for the evening was very professional.
• Submitted 17 Sep 2016
I took the tour second time along with 7 buddies. We enjoyed the puppet show , thrilling cyclo ride and the cruise dinner. Pick up and return to and fro hotel were smooth .
• Submitted 25 Jul 2016
It is a small group tour. Guide is attentive and the cyclo ride is indeed an interesting experience to weave into the 'awesome' traffic.
• Submitted 25 Jun 2016
Loved the water puppet show, didn't matter it was in Vietnamese, could still work out the meaning, the cyclo tour was fun through the traffic, and dinner cruise was good although didn't go far along the river
• Submitted 24 Mar 2016
• Submitted 14 Dec 2015
A lovely evening watching the water puppets and the dinner cruise. Sadly we didn't get the cyclo ride as it was raining heavily. The puppets were great, very clever and entertaining. The dinner was a little haphazard but the food very tasty. It took a long time before we set sail, but the cruise was pleasant and the entertainment on board quite fun.
• Submitted 05 Oct 2015
PUPPET SHOW WAS GREAT VERY DIFFERENT..Nicely air conditioned and elevated seating.. THE CYCLO ride was awesome expect to hang on for your life as you battle the mad traffic head on. Expect the request for a tip at the end as they get angry if you don't give one. The dinner cruise was super except for the waiter whom stole our change when we paid our bill OVERALL its well worth doing this tour
• Submitted 01 Oct 2015
The water puppet show was great however we missed a lot of scenes from the show because our guide was 30 minutes late. We were asked to wait at 5:45 in our hotel lobby but she came at 6:15. The cyclo ride was a good experience, it gave us a city tour of Ho Chi Minh at night. Dinner was so so.
• Submitted 05 Jan 2018

In Brief

Quận 1, Vietnam
5 hours
Cycle the city streets to absorb the local atmosphere
Enjoy a romantic night including dinner
Excellent value for money
Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
Dinner included
Private guide for a more personalized experience