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Name: Hanoi Circus
Address: 67 Tran Nhan Tong, Hai Bà Trưng, Hanoi

Directions: Opposite the Nikko Hotel

Phone: (+84) (0)24 3942 333
21.01687412923846 105.84246969236119
Description: Hanoi's Central Circus
Rating: 4 on a scale of 1 to 5. Based on 12 reviews.

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frapoberlin on Hanoi Circus
June 28th, 2015 at 7:37 pm

I was surprised about the high quality of the acrobats and the entire performance.
My daughter loved the show, it was a great family day out. A place you have to visit when living in Hanoi with kids.

Snellopy (elite user)
Snellopy on Hanoi Circus
December 13th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

The first time we tried to go to the circus and actually put some effort into the attempt, we failed. That's because they had visiting performers from Mongolia, Cuba, Cambodia and a whole bunch of other countries, so of course all the tickets had been sold to scalpers. My gormless look of joy and enthusiasm at being at the circus probably ratcheted up the price higher.

But this time, we finally did get to go, it was great! No elephants, but that's OK, I still had a wonderful time.

Even when the animals messed up, there wasn't any cruelty towards them, not like when we have had some animal performers at school. Maybe they're just smarter about it, and do it out of sight, or maybe they're more enlightened. Our favourite part was when one of the dogs kept dodging round the hoops rather than going through like all the rest, and lots of people laughed, so who knows, maybe it was part of the act. And while the monkeys were on a short leash, if I was a monkey I'd much rather be one at the Hanoi Circus than one in a cage at Thu Le Zoo.

The clown act was a bit slow to start, but by the end they were really funny. It was all mime, so language wasn't a problem. The acrobats were really good, with one act being similar to one I've seen Circe de Soleil do (but less flashy, obviously) so they're looking around for good ideas and adapting them.

We were fortunate that our seats happened to be in a really good place, in the middle, just off to the side, so we weren't looking at the back of heads too often. And we weren't so high up so that when the acrobat up the ribbon had the spotlights on her they weren't in our eyes (this was the case with a few people higher up).

The only bits I didn't find enthralling was when singers came on and belted out a couple of tunes in Vietnamese, but it wasn't much of a downer. Instead I watched the kids dancing, or the specs on the roof from the disco ball.

All in all it was a great time, and I will happily go back again!

Szeling on Hanoi Circus
September 10th, 2012 at 8:05 am

Left the circus with pretty mixed feelings - the human performers were amazing, great acrobatics and juggling, incredible value for money at 80k a ticket. The music, though played at earsplitting level was excellent and quite wittily placed, and the costumes beautiful. The animal acts were disturbing, particularly the bears, who looked terrified and had a quite vicious looking trainer poking and prodding them the whole time. Overall, it was another interesting Hanoi experience for us grown ups and my little boy loved it. Don't think we'll be back though as the animal parts freaked us out quite a bit.

Sunnyflower on Hanoi Circus
August 30th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

We went to the Sunday morning show (9am), which is supposed to be geared towards families...the kids just loved it. Even if you don't have kids, the Sunday morning show would be great fun. There was a good crowd, although plenty of empty seats. We got our tickets at the front entrance right before the show. Great variety in the program and a good length (about an hour and a half - an hour 45 minutes, including a brief intermission to stretch). It's certainly not the Cirque Du Soleil, but it was tastefully done, well put together, and impressive! Lots of flexibilty and tricks - tumbling, tight rope walking, trapeze, etc. The kids especially loved the animals, although my husband and I felt a bit uncomfortable by the seemingly un-natural things the animals did. Fortunately the animals were only one aspect of the show, with the main focus being on the talents and tricks of the people involved. Lots of creativity here, as well as a neat mix of music. We thoroughly enjoyed the show and have added it to our list of fun things to do in Hanoi. We will definitely be doing this again!

Longh (elite user)
Longh on Hanoi Circus
August 21st, 2012 at 11:45 am

Our family went here on Sunday evening to try and deal with our power being out for the day. We bought the tickets two hours before the show started. My daughter being a 2yo she didn't need a ticket.

The tickets were 150k each for my wife and I. The size of this building from the outside is a bit misleading and the ring was quite small, but not unacceptable.

They had lots of different acts including some rope acrobatics, a bear driving a little scooter, and monkeys riding dogs.

My daughter was able to sit through the whole thing without whining and only walking around when she needed to go to the restroom. She was quite cute applauding on her own when she liked an act and even scowling at the performers when she felt that it wasn't up to her high standards.

My wife really enjoyed the rolling skating act along with the amazingly cheap Mr. Bean like clowns that were put on while some of the other acts were prepped.

I having been to my fair share of "Circus's" I would hold the quality to a high-end travelling circus standard and say it's worth the 150k in the evenings or 80k in the mornings.

The whole event lasted 1h45min and we all had a good time and worth the trip only sad part is no camera's to be brought in. I didn't try, but it says that clearly on the tickets in both English and Vietnamese so I just followed the rules.

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