Experience · Ho Chi Minh City · Vietnam

AO Show – Best Cultural Show in Vietnam

It was Sunday afternoon and I was lazy to do anything. My friend was in Saigon so I was wondering what would she do for the afternoon. She told me about her plan to watch AO Show and then do massage at Miumiu Spa. I know for sure I can’t do massage because this spa is very famous and always fully booked during weekend. My friend got her spot on 7.30pm. Then how about AO Show? That show is very famous as well and sometime people need to buy the ticket several months ahead of their performance time.

My friend told me that she bought the ticket already online at their website. I was late to check and the online booking was closed already! It was 3.40 pm when I checked, for the 6 pm show. I guess they are closed about 3 hours before the show. It said I need to go to ticket counter directly before the show to check available seat. Oh well..

AO Show Price List

I met my friend at cafe Runam Dór next to cathedral around 4.45 pm. My friend was told to take her ticket at the ticket box in front of the opera at 5.30 pm the latest. After a quick meal, we walked to Saigon Opera House and reached it before 5.30 pm. There are 2 locations at the entrance of the opera to get the tickets. The one on the left (there are 2 counters) is for direct selling before the show, and the other one on the right is to exchange online ticket to real ticket.

Luckily, the seat next to my friend was not taken yet so I bought that one. There are 3 types of prices, depending on which area you want to sit. You can check for the price on their website. They are not available every day, so better do your research before go to Opera House. There are other shows available to watch as well if you accidentally forgot to check the website. But worst case, no show at all on that day.

We bought tickets for W (wow) zone so we got a welcome drink to enjoy before the show started. The options are wine (white or red) or tea. If we chose tea, we would get a traditional snack as well. We picked white wine. It was the Dalat wine. We took a selfie with the AO Show logo and hanging around a bit before went upstairs to our seats.

welcome drink AO show

W zone is located on the 1st floor. Two persons greeted us at the 1st floor’s entrance and ushered us to our seats. Finally got a chance to see the inside of the Opera House! We took some photos before the show begun. We were not allowed to use our phone or camera once the show begin.

Our seats had a not-so-bad view to the stage, but for next time I will choose a different seats. Now that I’ve been inside, I can tell which seats have a good view. The A zone is the cheapest, the view is not on the center of the stage unless you chose between A 9 until A 22. BUT, they are in 2nd floor which will be too high to see for my taste. For the O zone, I think the best one are around E 1-10 until J 1-10. A very center view and just in appropriate distance from the stage. And last, for W zone, it would be around E 11-21 and C 15-24. For me these seats have the best view to watch the show. If you can’t get it, then a little bit to the side is okay, just be aware of the position of the pillar.



Saigon Opera House interior

Before the show started, I moved to D8 on first floor. There is a pillar near by and it really blocked some of my view. I needed to sit a bit up front to see the whole stage, couldn’t relax 😦 Good thing the show was really awesome!

I love the choreography, the acrobatic action, the story line (theme), and especially their teamwork. They played around with bamboo sticks, with bamboo baskets, and other properties. It was well organized and well played. There were times when I opened my mouth and made a sound “wow”. There were times that I laughed. Over all it was very entertaining and well designed. I think every one who visited Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi) should watch this show.

After the show end, visitor can take a group photo with all the performers. It would be a nice memory to keep! Having a photo taken with all those talented young people.

Group Photo after the show

Awesome job to all the AO Show performers!

Have you watched it yourself? What do you think about the show? Let me know in the comment!


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Ho Chi Minh City Trip Diary – Day 2

We started day 2 with a visit to Cu Chi Tunnel. I would recommend to go there with a tour, or if you rent a car please go at 7am or 8am. We were really late, it was 10 am when we took off from Ho Chi Minh City. It takes almost 2 hours from Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi Tunnel.

This is my 3rd time to Cu Chi Tunnel. I know most of the story that the tour guide told us lol. During those 3 times I always heard something new about Cu Chi Tunnel, so it’s still quite fun for me to come. I can be a photographer for my friend as well lol.

Don’t miss walking through the tunnel here. I think that is the most exciting (and tiring) experience in Cu Chi Tunnel. The whole tour in Cu Chi takes about 1 hr to 1.5 hrs.

We were finished around 1.30pm, and very hungry. Luckily we ate tapioca at the end of the tour, enough to survive the hunger. The nearest mall is AEON Mall in Binh Duong. It’s a Japanese-concept mall. We looked around and checked on the menu on several restaurant to find something interesting.

bo luc lac nijyu maru
bo luc lac nijyu maru

In the end we picked a Japanese restaurant. I ordered Grilled Beef and a bowl of rice. They have a set menu for this but I don’t think I can finish it because it also has soup and salad. This dish is okay. It tasted bland…really bland. I poured soya sauce in small plate to dip in the meat. The meat was actually good, it cooked nicely and didn’t smelly, but it was a part of beef that has many fat (I don’t know what it’s called).

After we filled up our stomach, we looked around the mall a bit. Then continued by drinking tea in Phuc Long Coffee and Tea.

Phuc Long Latte Tea and Peach Milk Tea
Phuc Long Latte Tea and Peach Milk Tea

I ordered Hot Latte Tea, while my friend ordered Hot Peach Milk Tea. It was really good! Mine is 42.000 vnd and hers is 35.000 vnd. The portion is very small. It’s half of the glass 😦 They have many branches in Ho Chi Minh City but mostly inside a mall. Outside of the mall they are all Phuc Long Express, with minimum number of seats.

Next destination was Golden Dragon Water Puppet. We couldn’t catch the 5 pm show, so we tried to get to 6.30 pm. The road was very busy because of rush hour, and we managed to get there at 6.25 pm. We ran to ticket counter and was told that all the tickets were sold out. Disappointed, but couldn’t do anything. My driver couldn’t believe that the tickets sold out so he walked there and asked them in Vietnamese, and miraculously we got 2 tickets! We paid 180.000 vnd per person and went in directly with a guy who showed us our seats.

It’s an interesting show. I’ve been here for 3 times already lol, each time with different guest. I wish I can make a membership card or something and get a free ticket for myself, so next time if someone come to visit me I can accompany them for free! Just a wishful thinking. . .

We ended day 2 with some night walking from Dong Khoi Street to my apartment.

Night view
Night view