Dinner Cruise, Water Puppet Show and Cyclo Ride – Saigon at Its Finest

As the  traditional water puppet show and cyclo leisure ride around the historic metropolis area must-do in Saigon, my family and I decided to book a short tour for ourfirst evening in Vietnam. Excellent use of money, I have to say.


The booking process was quick and convenient, and our guide was friendly and helpful. First, our guide picked us up from the hotel to where the cyclos parked. We had never travel by cyclos before, it turned out to be a cool expiriance. We got to see up close the wild and energetic atmosphere of the biggest metropolis in Vietnam.

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Our next stop was Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre. I was not too thrilled by the puppet show at first, thinking it was just for kids. However, in the end, even I was absorbed in the amazing performances along with my sons. A traditional Vietnamese orchestra sang beautiful songs that depicted the story being acted out by the colorful wooden puppets. We didn’t get the Vietnamese lyrics at all, however it did not matter as the performances of the puppets were superb. I could mostly understand the storyline behind each show since it was fairly simple: life in an ancient village depicted in a humorous fashion, rice harvests and dances of mythical creatures. The music and the skills of the puppet artists brought the whole show to life.

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After around one hour in the theatre, we took the cyclos again to go to our dinner cruise. My sons were so excited to see it was on a boat, a traditional-style Dragon Boat for the emperors! It was awesome – it felt like we were the royalty. The crew was professional and provided the best service. Prior to dinner, we enjoyed cocktails and canapés while taking in the breathtaking view of Saigon’s skyline as the sun descended. We took plenty of photos of thecountless colorful city lights reflected beautifully on the water like stars. On the upper deck, there was a band playing folk songs and even pop hits upon request. We were delighted to see the food being prepared by the skillful Vietnamese show chefs. The food served buffet-styled was a combination of European and traditional Vietnamese cuisines, which were both delicious. After that, I enjoyed a good shoulder massage while my sons tried all 47 ice-cream flavors.

We got back at the hotel at 10 pm, fully contented. Magnificent puppet show, delightful cyclo ride, and amazing cruise dinner.