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Perhaps the most popular of the city's live performances is the Water Puppet Show at Thao Dien Village. Water puppetry is a thousand-year-old Vietnamese tradition involving puppets that perform on water. Shows at Thao Dien Village are held every Saturday night and are great if you're travelling with kids. Sit back and enjoy a delicious meal, lively atmosphere and entertaining traditional performance. Be sure to book in advance as it gets quite busy.
If the kids (or you) simply can't get enough of the water puppets, you can see a full-blown version of this unique art form at the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre. The performance hall is rather small so be sure to book tickets as soon as you arrive in Saigon, if not before. Chances are you won't follow the storyline as it is all in Vietnamese, but the puppets themselves and the live orchestra music that accompanies the show will certainly entertain.
For a slightly more soothing live performance, pay a visit to the Sax N Art Jazz Club on Le Loi Street. The live jazz performances here are superb, though the drinks are a little on the expensive side. If you don't mind parting with a few dollars, head here after dinner at about 9:30pm and prepare to be schmoozed by some irresistible sounds.
Ho Chi Minh City Airport (SGN)
Flights from Australia to Ho Chi Minh City will disembark at Tan Son Nhat International Airport.
Tan Son Nhat International (SGN) is Vietnam's largest airport serving Ho Chi Minh City. Formally known as Saigon Airport, Tan Son Nhat International takes its name from the neighbouring village of Tan Son Nhat.
Airport Accommodation: There are a number of hotels located in close proximity to Tan Son Nhat International Airport Book your Ho Chi Minh City Airport accommodation.
Getting to Ho Chi Minh City
There are many airlines that offer flights to Ho Chi Minh City from Australia. Flights from Sydney via Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Singapore, Guangzhou or Bangkok take between 13 and 15 hours depending on the stopover. Flights from Melbourne via Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Singapore or Bangkok take between 11 and 14 hours depending on the stopover. Flights from Perth via Singapore or Bangkok take between nine and 12 hours depending on the stopover. Flights from Brisbane via Taipei or Singapore take between 12 and 14 hours depending on the stopover.
Airlines that fly to Ho Chi Minh City
Airlines that offer cheap flights to Ho Chi Minh City from Australia include:
For more information on Ho Chi Minh City holidays check out our Ho Chi Minh City travel guide.