Inside Vietnam: Cambodia Laos

Dance, music and puppetry

The traditional performing arts are alive and well in Indochina and add an entertaining insight into local culture for kids and adults alike. The Hanoi Water Puppets are must for any family visit to Vietnam's capital, whilst for those exploring Mai Chau a traditional dance performance is a great introduction to the local minority cultures. In Siem Reap the excellent Phare Circus provides a modern, energetic show, whilst the Apsara dancers offer a more traditional Cambodian style.

  • Hanoi's water puppets

    The popular water puppet show in Hanoi is famous for bringing traditional storytelling and water puppetry to a modern audience.

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  • Phare Circus

    The Phare Circus is a fantastic social project with a troupe of world-class acrobats, who have taken their innovative performances all over the world.

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  • Luang Prabang ballet

    Unlike traditional Western ballet, Lao ballet performances combine striking poses to tell stories about culture and heritage.

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  • Cambodian shadow puppetry

    The Cambodian Living Arts organisation is dedicated to preserving traditional performing arts, including music, dance and shadow puppetry.

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  • Apsara dances

    The walls of Angkor Wat are adorned with bas-reliefs of beautiful Apsara dancers, and this ancient indigenous dance form is still popular today.

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