Now it is considered an integral part of Vietnamese culture and identity and is performed in villages across the country during festivals and New Year’s and is considered the highlight of the day for all the family.
During the performances the two elements of wood (puppets) and water (stage) perfectly compliment each other. We use traditional water puppets with specially made paint from the North, that is dull in colour and out of the water makes the puppets mediocre and dull. However once the puppets enter the water – they transform into glistening and sparkling figures that captivate audiences.
Our Theatre is based on the original temples of the village of Chùa Thầy, where water puppetry was first performed. Inside our theatre we have constructed the stage and entrance using reclaimed steel rods that mimic the traditional architecture of Chua Thay temples with a fresh and modern take, shimmering in the background during the show.
You can buy some traditional hand made gifts or just chill out and soak up the atmosphere with one of our unique coffees - How about an Egg coffee before the show?
Upon entering you are transported to the energy of a village square, this large open space is for meeting up and where games are played, lively and energetic yet with our pond and live musicians still retains a sense of calm
Our show is directed by renowned artist Chu Luong – Director of Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, the longest-running in Vietnam, and is performed by 20 trained artists and musicians from Hanoi and Phu Quoc.
The 40-minute show will take place just after guests dine, comprising different performances, each telling a short and self-explanatory story, keeping the audience fully engaged throughout. There will be subtitles to help guests fully appreciate the experience.
Discover our scenes: 10 scenes in our show
With many souvenir shops elsewhere in Phu Quoc selling much of the same thing, factory produced items that sell at a cheap price. We did not want to compete with this market. Instead we decided to offer our guests the opportunity to purchase items hand made by artisans from the North, with products a bit different to the other stores on the Island. We work directly with the artists from these villages and give them, and you, a fair price.
Giay Do paper is one of the best things to buy in Vietnam, it is made from a plant of the same name and has been produced using the same method for centuries. Our Giay Do paintings are truly special and have been sourced directly from Dong Ho village, a small community just outside Hanoi.
If you are looking for a gift that reflects Vietnamese traditions and culture, then look no further than Silk. We have been producing world class silk since the 15th Century. The key factor in the production of silk are silkworms, which feed on mulberry leaves to produce cocoons, then comes the long painstaking process of extraction and finally weaving the silk threads to produce the finished product. There are only a handful of villages that produce real, authentic silk in Vietnam. Ours comes from villagers in Van Phuc.
With a uniquely curated collection we are positive you will find that perfect gift for yourself or a loved one to remember your time in Vietnam. Our friendly staff will be able to tell you the origin of every item in the store.
We are passionate about protecting our beautiful Island and you will find no plastic bags or plastic wrapping in our shop- nor in the Theatre as a whole. We have banned any single use plastics and our working towards being an example in Phu Quoc- of correct recycling, upcycling and proper waste disposal
We provide a fine dining experience unlike anywhere else in Phu Quoc, dining inside our beautiful theatre pre show. Our set menus have been carefully curated using only the finest ingredients to showcase the highlights of Northern Vietnamese cuisine.
We have a selection of 4 course-menus on offer – 4 meat & fish, a Vegan and a childrens option. We use no MSG or preservatives in our food and are proud that we achieve our flavors without them.
Customers will enjoy the authentic taste of Northern food in a variety of dishes not readily available to tourists on the Island.