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Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap

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Siem Reap, Cambodia
Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap

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Be mesmerized by the captivating choreography and hypnotic color of a Phare performance in Siem Reap. Feast your senses on a spectacle that blends riveting theater with folk music and distinctly Cambodian stories. Commend the determination of the young circus artists, many of who are from challenging social and economic backgrounds, as they hypnotize the audience with their energy and emotion. Gain insight into the charity Phare Ponleu Selpak and discover the work the organization does to help vulnerable children and adults in Cambodian society.
  • See circus arts that use dance, music, and movement to tell Cambodian folk tales and modern stories
  • Be wowed by the talents of this young theatre troupe
  • Discover the great work of Phare Ponleu Selpak in changing young lives through education, social support, and art
  • Select open seating or upgrade for preferred seating including a beverage and gift
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Refillable sports water bottle with cold water (Section A only)
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Phare, The Cambodian Circus, Intersection of Ring Road and Sok San Road South of intersection with Sok San Road, Siem Reap 17253 Cambodia

Departure Time

8:00 PM
Make your own way to the impressive theatre in the historical heart in Siem Reap and take your seat in the position selected at the time of booking. Hear an expectant hush descend over the audience as the curtains part to reveal a talented troupe of acrobats and dancers of Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS); marvel at the sleek agility of the performers, all of who derive from unimaginably difficult situations, and feel the melodic pulsations of the music as the show launches into life.

PPS—founded by eight young Cambodians who were once refugees—was created to preserve the culture and art of the Khmer people. The program serves to help reintegrate these children into society through theater and circus arts and provides social and educational programs.

Watch a spectacle unravel before your eyes and enjoy a compelling combination of acrobatics, juggling, aerial arts, contortion, and dance. 

Watch six different acts—Sokrias (Eclipse), Khmer Metal, Sokha, Preu (Chills), Putho, and Same Same but Different—for a greater understanding of Cambodian culture, history, and beliefs.

Opt to sit in standard seats or select an upgrade to enjoy a prime position in the front center rows. You also receive a complimentary beverage and gift if the upgrade is selected.
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Phare, The Cambodian Circus
Experience Cambodia's most unique, authentic live entertainment by the graduates of Phare Ponleu Selpak non-profit school. Phare is more than a conventional acrobatic circus. Performers use theater, live music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories; historical, folk and modern. The artists create the stories themselves based on the real-life experiences of themselves and their families. Expect the unexpected.
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Seating begins at 20 minutes prior to scheduled showtime. Last entry is 5 minutes past showtime
  • Tickets are non-refundable. Ticket office may be able to accommodate rescheduling if requested at least 24 hours prior to booked showtime
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers who require wheelchairs are to inform us in advance for prior arrangements.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Phare The Cambodian Circus

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap.
What is the policy on sanitization during Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap.
What is the social distancing policy during Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap.

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  • "The Phare Cambodian Circus should be a must on the itinerary." See review
  • "It's a lovely evening out and it's also supports many underprivileged schools and individuals" See review


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Absolutely fantastic!
, Dec 2020
OMG, this was nothing that I expected was so much better!!!!! I loved the whole experience. The performers were phenomenal. Also even though the venue is held in a large tent and the temperature was in the 90’s (F) there were air conditioners with fans which helped to cool which was such a relief. Also get to take a photo with the cast at the end! So fantastic!! Well worth the money!!
Spellbinding Evening
, Mar 2020
An exciting show that left you spellbound right from the start. The performers were so talented and the show had laughter, breathtaking acrobatics and a storyline woven in. Absolutely fabulous.
, Mar 2020
Excellent experience. You shouldn’t miss it, it’s a must do in Cambodia undoubtedly. Warm people and very talented! I was emotional almost with the show eclipse
Lively show
, Feb 2020
Very lively production with highly accomplished athletes. A worthwhile evening which was very enjoyable.
, Feb 2020
An amazing experience. The troop was full of energy and I couldn't take my eyes off for a minute. My daughter loved it too. They build a connection through their story. A must watch.
Great night out
, Jan 2020
It's a small circus the performers are entertaining and skillful. It's a lovely evening out and it's also supports many underprivileged schools and individuals
Good talent
, Jan 2020
a great combination of acrobatics, traditional dance and comedy! a relatively small venue which meant all the seats were great.
Superb show
Jyoti V
, Jan 2020
The Phare Cambodian Circus should be a must on the itinerary. It is a very enjoyable show. The coordination and dance moves really hold your attention. The artists are really good. Ensure that you book your tickets online ahead of time and pick the front center seats for a good view.
Mixed review
, Dec 2019
I would give the performers 4 stars and the cause for which they are raising money 5 stars. BUT you would think that given the very small circular venue the performers would be able to perform to the entire audience. The seating is set up in a 'C' shape. Unless you are sitting in the ver middle, you dont even see the backdrop of the set. Of course those seats (A) cost more and include a free water bottle (which were on sale half price in the shop). Disappointed.
, Dec 2019
What a show! Enthusiastic performers delighted the audience with their dance and circus skills. The story telling was powerful and thought provoking. RIvals cirque to soleil.

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