A O Show Saigon: A fascinating snapshot of Vietnamese culture

attractions - Saigon/HCMC: Aug. 18, 2014

By Carmen & Jonah

Ho Chi Minh City never struck me as a great place to see live performances. I always thought of it as a place to visit mainly for the historical aspect. Nope! Once again, Ho Chi Minh City proved us wrong.

This time, while having a drink at Hotel Continental Saigon – we saw a bunch of people outside the Opera House I said to myself, “There must be a really good show there. Either that, or they are giving away something for free.”


As it turned out, they weren’t giving away anything for free. Instead, there was a performance of the A O Show that is one of the most popular attractions on Tripadvisor. The following day, we confirmed that assumption with our own eyes, I dare to say the A O Show is every bit as exciting as any Cirque du Soleil Show. In fact I think there is a lot more creativity behind this show, because without a large budget, they manage to put together an hour of entertainment by using mainly – bamboo, an unseemingly versatile theater prop.
A O Show Saigon: A fascinating snapshot of Vietnamese culture

The Story behind the A O Show

Unlike many other shows, that have a story line from beginning to end, the A O Show has no script or story. But the way I saw it, is like an incredible snapshot of the Vietnamese people and their heritage. I can’t think of a better way to present the life of the villagers than the way they presented it. It is a cultural awakening of the beauty of Vietnam!

A O Show Saigon: A fascinating snapshot of Vietnamese culture
 
The creative mind behind the A O Show is Mr. Tuan Le – a Vietnamese guy who moved to Germany at a young age. His creativity and passion for theater & arts put him in different spots in his life, where he got the opportunity to be part of a Broadway show, among other renamed shows around Europe & America.

The Performance

I was surprised over and over again during the show of the remarkably inventive and creative uses of bamboo, woven baskets and woven bamboo basket boats. These simple, natural materials were used in acrobatics, balancing acts, story telling, and motif scenes.
A O Show Saigon: A fascinating snapshot of Vietnamese culture
 
They were used to depict many objects such as boats, bridges, frisbees and even an entire apartment building. Some of the funniest scenes were those in which the performers acted out animal scenes with these props – as crabs and ducks.
 
A O Show Saigon: A fascinating snapshot of Vietnamese culture

Throughout the show, you’ll also get to hear a mix of extreme sounds from soft and soothing traditional music, to loud sounds of the heavy drums, electric guitars and the unique traffic noise that makes Vietnam different from any other country around the world.

Company Information

A O Show Saigon

07 Cong Truong Lam Son, District 1
Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam
Mobile: (84) (0) 1245 18 11 88
Email: reservation@aoshowsaigon.com
> Tickets start at USD 30.00