From Ban Thanh Market, I walked to Liberty Hotel and boarded the coach for the water puppet show. We were among the other tourists groups who arrived at almost the same time. The entrance fee for the show was already included in the tour package. The tour guide sorted out the needed number of tickets for all of us and within 5 mins or so, we walked into the theater with the rest of the people.
I sat in the middle row and noticed that the theater which can accommodate around 200 people was being filled up. I was seated beside a couple who were in my tour group. We introduced ourselves and got to know each other. When the show began, our focus shifted to the stage.
It was interesting to watch the skillful puppeteers. They dangled and controlled the movement of the puppets with the support of long wooden bamboo rods and strings hidden inside the 4 meters square pool of water.
I could not get a good view of the show due to the arrangements of the seats. Moreover people in the front seats were holding their cameras and camcorders high up, another reason why I had difficulties watching the show from where I was seated. The orchestrated show was narrated in Vietnamese language. The beginning was very interesting. However, within 15 minutes the loud music and unfamiliar language became too much to handle.
Earlier at the entrance, I was earlier given a pamphlet in English. The pamphlet slipped off somewhere in between my seat. It must have been when I was holding my camera to snap pictures.
I focused yet was getting restless. I wanted to walk out as the scenes were almost the same, repeated over and over. Thank goodness it was over within 45 minutes.Towards the end of the show, the puppeteers made their appearance in the pool of water.
They were good in what they did but sitting through a show not understanding the language is out of the question for me. As a consolation,dinner was next on our itinerary. The trill and frill of my first Vietnamese Vietnamese meal hyped me up, which will be the continuity from this post.