Must see entertainment in Vietnam

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    Binh Minh Jazz Club

    This atmospheric venue tucked behind the Opera House is the place in Hanoi to catch live jazz. There’s a full bar, a food menu and high-quality gigs…

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    Thang Long Ca Tru Theatre

    Concerts of traditional Vietnamese music are held in this intimate restored house in the Old Quarter. Ca tru is indigenous to the north of Vietnam, and…

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    Escape Bar

    Expect top-notch improvised covers of Hendrix, the Eagles, the Doors and other classics at this recently relocated live-music bar owned by blues guitarist…

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    Don’t be misled by the name: most of the musicians are fully plugged in and dangerous when they take to the intimate stage of the city’s leading live…

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    Municipal Water Puppet Theatre

    Water-puppetry shows are a real treat for children. Multilingual programs allow the audience to read up on each vignette as it’s performed. Although there…

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    Hanoi Opera House

    Evening performances of classical music, opera and ballet are periodically held at the grand Hanoi Opera House. Check the website for details of upcoming…

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    This live-music venue hosts anything from funk rock to metal, acoustic to indie, kicking off at around 9pm nightly. Check Facebook for what's on.

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    Vietnam National Tuong Theatre

    Hat tuong is a uniquely Vietnamese variation of Chinese opera that enjoyed its greatest popularity under the Nguyen dynasty in the 19th century…

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    Music Cafe

    This intimate cafe and bar shows off its style with vintage-music paraphernalia. It's best with a cocktail in hand in the evening, when vocalists croon in…

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    Hanoi Rock City

    Hanoi Rock City is tucked away down a residential lane about 7km north of the city near Tay Ho, but it’s a journey well worth taking for reggae, Hanoi…

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    Centre Culturel Français de Hanoi

    Set in the sublime L’Espace building near the Hanoi Opera House, the Centre Culturel offers a regular program of French films. Musical events are also…

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    Universal Bar

    This bar sees some great acts for the roof-lifting live music that takes to the floor nightly at 9.30pm. Seats are out the front for people-watching along…

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    AO Show

    This tourist-oriented showcase of Vietnamese music, dance and flying acrobats is held in the spectacular, recently renovated Opera House, a French…

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    Saigon Water Puppet Theatre

    Within the History Museum, this small theatre has performances at 9am, 10am, 11am, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm, lasting about 20 minutes.

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    Municipal Theatre

    The landmark French-era Opera House is home to the HCMC Ballet and the Ballet & Symphony Orchestra (, and hosts performances by visiting…

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    Conservatory of Music

    Performances of both traditional Vietnamese and Western classical music are held here. Check the English-language section of the website to see what's…

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    August Cinema

    One of the oldest cinemas in town, with architecturally significant, modernist lines. It occasionally shows English-language films.

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    Small and dark bar that sometimes has live music and DJs, who crank the volume up loud to compete with the neighbouring bars.

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    CGV Cinemas

    Located on top of the Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint hotel, this centrally-located complex has five compact auditoriums.