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Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap

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Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap

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Overview

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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Siem Reap's most original, authentic live performance.
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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
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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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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.
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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.
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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:

  • 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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star-5
An evening of joy!
Nusrat_J
, Jul 2022
An excellent way to spend our final evening here. The artists are wonderfully talented and clearly loved performing to the audience. You could feel the joy radiating from them! The storytelling aspect of the performances were wonderful. You could follow along without any problem. We caught the show "Same, Same but Different" and thoroughly enjoyed how the cultural differences were shown but in time of need how everyone came together. The live music was amazing as well. All in all, it is a show that can't be missed!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Nusrat_J, thank you very much for such a detailed review of your Phare Circus experience. The artists indeed pour their hearts into the performance as they're sharing stories they created based on their own life experiences. "Same Same but Different" is hilarious as well as enlightening to understand how Cambodians see us and themselves in daily life situations. The live music is all original, composed by the musicians themselves. It's interesting to watch them play, keeping one eye on the stage to assure the music is perfectly timed with the action. We're delighted that you enjoyed your final evening in Siem Reap and honored that Phare Circus was a part of it.
star-5
Wonderful and funny
Salka_d
, Jun 2022
Such a fun night with delightful performance for a good cause. Couldn’t recommend it enough. Lots of laughs and beautiful music.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Salka_d, thank you for your recommendation. We're gratified to hear the evening was full of laughs. The music is indeed special, adding richness to the stage performance. Your comments will be shared with the artists.
star-5
Spectacular performance
song_Z
, Jun 2022
Absolutely beautiful experience! Each each performance shared a unique story. Fascinating to watch and unique way of story telling. Definitely worth going. Underrated performance that deserves more credit!!!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi song_Z, thank you for sharing your Phare Circus experience. As you mention, each show presents a different story based on the artists' true life experiences. The calendar is available on the website with brief descriptions, for guests who want to know more before attending. Thanks again for the review and for including Phare Circus in your Siem Reap visit.
star-4
Great show.
EJIROP_O
, May 2022
Got these tickets last minute. turned out to be a great decision. the show was funny and cool. the dancers were very acrobatic and professional. a definite recommend. great way to cool an hour or two.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi EJIRO..., thanks for the review. Happy to hear the last minute decision turned out to be a good one. Tickets are available online up to an hour before the show, or even on arrival, but depends on availability. Your appreciation will be shared with the artists. Thanks for the recommendation and for including Phare Circus in your Siem Reap visit.
star-5
Best seats for phenomenal performance
Christina_Z
, May 2022
The show is phenomenal with live music perfectly synchronized to the performance. The bigtop is small making you feel a part of the show. After the show you can meet the performers and get photos. Our Viator booking got us the best seats in the big top.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi Christina, thank you for sharing your Phare Circus experience. You make some great points about the performance. The musicians are exceptionally talented to keep an eye on the stage while they play to time the music perfectly. The iconic red circus big top is an intimate space, so no matter where guests are seated, they're never far from the action. Reserved Seating Area (A & B) have the best views. And going on stage after the show to chat and take photos with the artists is a great way to wrap up the evening experience. Thanks for including Phare Circus in your Siem Reap visit.
star-5
Incredible experience, a must see!
Robert_L
, Apr 2022
Unbelievable experience. Thoroughly entertaining and awe inspiring. These performers all come from disadvantaged backgrounds (eg orphanages). They are supported through their Performing Arts school, which proceeds from this show will support. Their performances are indistinguishable from more well known circus acts around the world. Definitely one of the must see activities in Siem Reap, right up there with the temples.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi Robert_L , thank you for the awesome review. As you mention, it's much more than a show. Revenue generated funds Phare Ponleu Selpak non-profit school, where the artists train for free. Upon graduation, they can earn a very good living performing at the Siem Reap big top, transforming their lives through jobs in the arts. I'll be sure to share your appreciation with them.
star-5
Amazing show
Laura_R
, Apr 2022
Amazing show, it was funny, beautiful and impressive. I went there with Friends and we all loved it. Just go !!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi Laura_R, thank you for sharing your love for Phare Circus. Delighted to hear you and your friends all enjoyed the show. I'll be sure to share your appreciation with the artists.
star-5
Amazing
Henrik_P
, Mar 2022
The show was excellent! I will definitely see it again! Highly recommend you to go see it. Amazing show
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hi Henrik_P, Thank you for the review and recommendation. We hope readers will take your advice. ;-) Thank you for including Phare Circus in your Siem Reap visit. I'll be sure to share your comments of an amazing show to the artists. Best Regards, Craig
star-5
Must see when in Siem Reap
Justin
, Mar 2022
I’ve gone three times over the last 5 years, every time I come to Cambodia for work, and it is amazingly entertaining every time. I highly recommend this show. It is a MUST SEE when you come to Cambodia. Great for all ages.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hi Justin, The highest compliment that can be made for the artists is repeat visits. 5 times! Thank you very much. Thank you for the recommendation. I'll definitely pass along your appreciation to the artists. Best Regards, Craig
star-5
Absolutely fantastic!
Renee_D
, Dec 2020
OMG, this was nothing that I expected ...it 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!!
star-5
Spellbinding Evening
Helen_Hulme
, 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.
star-5
Amazing
Angela_M
, 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
star-4
Lively show
Joseph_S
, Feb 2020
Very lively production with highly accomplished athletes. A worthwhile evening which was very enjoyable.
star-5
Amazing!
Nidhi
, 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.
star-4
Great night out
jojojo115
, 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
star-5
Good talent
Angela_C
, Jan 2020
a great combination of acrobatics, traditional dance and comedy! a relatively small venue which meant all the seats were great.
star-5
Superb show
Venkatesh_J
, 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.
star-3
Mixed review
Pam_B
, 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.
star-5
Spectacular!
David_P
, 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.
star-5
Fun Night at Cambodian Circus
Frank P
, Nov 2019
Show was outstanding! Performers were exciting, energetic and fun to watch. Gymnastics, juggling, balance beam etc. made for a fast paced, action packed show. Not a bad seat in the house. Highly recommend seeing Phare when traveling to Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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