AO Show at the Opera House in Saigon, Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City

AO Show at The Saigon Opera House – Fun, Amazing & Meaningful

The AO Show is one of the coolest things to do in Saigon. It’s a rich experience with layers of enjoyment. First, the venue is the historic Saigon Opera House. Second, it’s a thrilling, acrobatic show that’s fun to watch. And third, the show is culturally enlightening.

You’ll learn about Vietnamese culture on a deep, symbolic level while being entertained. The AO Show strikes a rare balance between being fun and being meaningful.

The AO Show Has a Historic Venue

AO Show at the Opera House in Saigon, Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City

The venue of the AO Show is itself an important and popular landmark. Built in 1898 by the French, the Saigon Opera House has served many purposes during its turbulent history. It’s even housed Vietnam’s National Assembly for a time.

Today, the Saigon Opera House is a sightseeing hotspot. Almost every Saigon visitor comes to gaze at the Opera House, but few actually watch a show here. While it’s a lovely building to see, it was made for performance.

Sightseeing is wonderful, but the AO Show is an opportunity to enjoy the Opera House in the way it was intended.

The AO Show is Amazing and Amusing

AO Show at the Opera House in Saigon, Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City

The AO Show is fun. The scenes are action-packed and visually stunning. They combine acrobatics, dance, and an ingenious choreography with bamboo sets. It’s as impressive as it is gorgeous. The AO Show also has a great sense of humor.

AO Show at the Opera House in Saigon, Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City

The AO Show is Meaningful

AO Show at the Opera House in Saigon, Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City

The show dramatizes the contrast between traditional Vietnam and modern Vietnam, as well as rural Vietnam and urban Vietnam. If you know anything about Vietnam, you know that these are the main, contemporary issues in the country.

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AO Show at the Opera House in Saigon, Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City

For example, some scenes highlight the communal nature of rural life. Even in “water” scenes, everyone stays connected. All their efforts are highly coordinated and synchronized.

AO Show at the Opera House in Saigon, Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City

Other scenes symbolize urban settings. People lead modern, separate lives. They’re suspended in bubbles of individuality, surrounded by tattered traditions, but optimistic about the future.

The cultural achievement of the AO Show is perhaps even more amazing because it never ceases to be entertaining. The AO Show is for everyone, not just die-hard theater fans.

Watching this show is perfect for travelers. It provides a deeper understanding of Vietnam and a framework for the contradictions you’ll find during your travels. And don’t forget how fun it is at the same time!

So if you’re in Saigon and wondering how to fill an evening after your tours are over, consider the AO Show. It’s fun, amazing, and meaningful.

AO Show at the Opera House in Saigon, Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City

Other Info

No photography is permitted during the show. The performance photos in this post were courtesy of Lune Productions, owners of the AO Show.

Tickets begin at 630,000VND ($27USD). Relatively expensive for Saigon, but a bargain for such world-class entertainment. Buying tickets in person, at the Opera House is the cheaper option. (Also check with the Opera House for special deals. They often offer package deals that include dinner at a local restaurant.)

Tickets are also available online through typical sources, like Viator. They’re a bit more expensive, but it includes roundtrip hotel transfer and you can order tickets before you even arrive in the country.

Address:
Saigon Opera House
07 Cong Truong Lam Son
District 1, HCMC

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25 Comments
  • Nicole Anderson
    Posted at 21:42h, 05 April

    What a really interesting and fascinating show. This is something every visitor should attend to gain an appreciation of the cultural arts on stage in Vietnam. While I absolutely love the beauty of the building that houses the show, it is such a shame more people who see the building don’t take the time to see the show. Many would obviously not know what they are missing out on as evidenced by the stunning photos and lovely video promo. I would just love to see it all in person.

  • Andrea Broom
    Posted at 22:37h, 05 April

    what a cool and fascinating show and the way you spoke about it, made it even easier to picture. The pictures are wonderful was well!

  • Crystal
    Posted at 23:35h, 05 April

    Wow this looks like it was an amazing show to see.

  • Dani M.
    Posted at 23:50h, 05 April

    I love how the show visually captures the beauty of the culture, and the way it has changed. Acrobatic performances are very cool, so I will try to go if I visit Vietnam!

  • Zinara
    Posted at 00:36h, 06 April

    What a fascinating show the AO show is. The Saigon Opera House is amazingly built. I love the architecture. Your pictures are beautiful and reflect the essence of the show. Fabulous!

  • Umberta
    Posted at 05:07h, 06 April

    It looks like an interesting show and different from what i’m used to see.

  • Anna nuttall
    Posted at 08:38h, 06 April

    This look like such an interesting show. I bet it was amazing to watch. xx

  • Jen Morrow
    Posted at 08:55h, 06 April

    That Opera House is gorgeous. It looks like such a nice venue for performance. $27 USD is a bargain for a show, it looks exciting.

  • Leticia
    Posted at 10:01h, 06 April

    Ooh what a honour to go and yet not crazy expensisve! It looks amzing and a great way to get out there and explore new culture, thanks for sharing ☺️☺️

  • Bridget
    Posted at 10:48h, 06 April

    Looks like an amazing show and really affordable! Saigon is on my bucket list and hopefully will visit within the next couple of years so I will have to keep this in mind when we visit. Love your pictures too!

  • Alicia Taylor
    Posted at 12:19h, 06 April

    What a beautiful, inspiring show! I love that it has contemporary meaning, but still radiates with stunning gracefulness.

  • Heather
    Posted at 16:10h, 06 April

    It’s amazing to see what these acrobats can do with their bodies. We found Vietnam to be very big on integrating historical education with lots of their physical type shows.

  • Tami Wilcox
    Posted at 16:24h, 06 April

    The price for the tickets seems very affordable! And the show reminds me of a Cirque du Soleil style of acrobatic entertainment. I’m sure I would love this show!

  • Leah
    Posted at 22:59h, 06 April

    I would love to experience something like this! Isn’t it great to find awesome shows like this at a great price? I don’t know much about Vietnamese history/culture, so this could be a good way to start.

  • Only By Land
    Posted at 23:25h, 06 April

    The AO show would make a great night out and the Saigon opera house photographs beautifully. The scenes you photographed look well designed and must be stunning to watch in person. I like how they add humour to the show too, I’ll definitely add this to my Saigon itinerary.

  • Rosie Benton
    Posted at 23:29h, 06 April

    We saw the Opera House during our visit to Saigon but unfortunately didn’t watch the show – after reading your post and seeing the photos it looks like we definitely missed out! What an amazing performance and a great way to learn more about Vietnamese culture. Will have to try and visit again someday – awesome photos by the way!

  • Rashmi and Chalukya
    Posted at 00:53h, 07 April

    We have never been to any Opera shows but this one sounds interesting as its more emphasized on the culture of Vietnam. Learning about the culture and lifestyle is a major part of our travels and what could be better than to watch it as a performance. The bamboo sets look very innovative and the we could see through your pictures that the performance must have been a hit.

  • Swati & Sam (The Tales of a Traveler)
    Posted at 02:17h, 07 April

    Never knew about such shows happens in Vietnam, But would love to attend one. Wonder why photography is not allowed ? But I am sure you have enjoyed your time and the pictures looks cool too and quite daring performances

  • Hra
    Posted at 02:39h, 07 April

    Wow this show seems awesome… and this opera house is rocking!!

  • Emma
    Posted at 03:54h, 07 April

    Saigon definitely seems like one of the more affordable places to visit! And this show is a great visual way to lessen more about the history of the area!

  • Jenni Petrey
    Posted at 07:24h, 07 April

    Wow, what an amazing show. Would definitely love to see this.

  • Doreen Pendgracs
    Posted at 08:07h, 11 April

    Love this post! We’ve enjoyed visiting a few historic opera houses over the years. I would love to visit the Saigon Opera House for a performance.

  • Siddharth and Shruti
    Posted at 01:02h, 13 April

    That show looks very cool. The architecture of the venue is so beautiful! Would definitely keep it in mind for our Vietnam trip.

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    Posted at 23:14h, 13 April

    The AO show looks like a thriller all the way. Would love to experience it. This is surely one of the things that we must do when we are there. The historic venue is in itself probably another must visit place.

  • Chris
    Posted at 03:48h, 14 April

    We saw the amazing opera house, but not a show!

    Some great photos, thanks for sharing!

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