Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show In Siem Reap

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While in Siem Reap, see the remarkable Phare troupe perform a lively show that blends circus arts with riveting theater, dance and music to tell uniquely Cambodian stories historical, folk and modern. These young circus artists, many from the most challenging social and economic backgrounds imaginable, will astonish you on stage with their energy, emotion and talent. Youll also learn how Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS), a non-profit association, works with vulnerable children and young adults, helping Cambodian youth transform their lives through art.


  • All entrance fees included
  • Family friendly
  • Free drinks included
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Popular choice with kids

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Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS), a non-governmental organization, was established in 1994 by eight young Cambodians who returned to their country after a childhood spent in refugee camps at the Thai border. Recognizing the importance of preserving their culture and Khmer art, the founders developed social and educational programs for vulnerable children living in difficult situations including street kids, trafficked children and orphans.

PPS has used theater and circus arts to help them reintegrate into society, vastly improving the choices available to these young people as they reach adulthood.

You'll see PPS's positive impact on the talented performers of Phare, a circus arts troupe that performs different shows throughout the year. The show (see below for the list of performances) elevates Cambodian culture, history and beliefs through music, dance, acrobatics, juggling, aerial arts, contortion and other circus skills.

You have the choice of open seating, or select an upgrade to preferred seating in front center rows that includes a complimentary beverage and gift.

Inclusions for Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show In Siem Reap

  • Admission ticket
  • Refillable sports water bottle with cold water (Section A only)

Exclusions for Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show In Siem Reap

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


Sokrias (Eclipse)
Steeped in Cambodian culture and popular beliefs, Eclipse is a tale of discrimination. A young man, who suffers from rejection because of his difference, prays for divine intervention. The gods transform him into a very attractive woman who suddenly receives a lot of positive attention until a mysterious plague begins to consume all the villagers.

Khmer Metal

An edgy, progressive and modern tale about urban life. In a funky Phnom Penh rock bar, the well-connected owner, small dealer and occasional fraudster, is used to getting into trouble with his ‘brother,’ the nominal bar security guard. Don't be surprised to feel reverberations in your chest as Phare musicians pound on drums.

The story of the eponymous war child who is haunted by visions of the Cambodian Civil War and the destruction after the Khmer Rouge regime.This is the story of Sokha’s journey where memories take on a surreal twist into myths and facts. The performance uses different art forms such as circus, visual art, traditional Khmer music and dance.

Preu (Chills)
A bold performance that taps into the fears and anxieties of human beings. The show focuses on supernatural events in a classroom, where students face their fears in order to overcome them.

The show title translates to ‘Oh My God!’ in Khmer, and this allegory highlights the relationship between boys and girls in Cambodia today. Acrobatic, juggling, balancing, tightrope walking and contortion techniques are accompanied by exquisite live music using both traditional and modern instruments. Its extravagant characters offer an artistic vision of their society’s evolution through an explosion of virtuosity and humor.

Same Same but Different
Through a series of everyday situations, “Same Same But Different” explores the different habits and ways of living between Cambodians and foreign visitors. A sudden downpour, an unexpected power outage, a hectic boat trip and a relaxing dinner all provide the backdrops for funny encounters and opposing perspectives. But in every situation they find understanding and connect at a human level.

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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

Cancellation Policy
All sales related to this product are final and non-refundable. In case you wish to cancel the reservation you will be charged 100% cancellation fees.

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  • I really enjoyed the show. It was a great reprsentation of the culture and the people’s beliefs. It was very entertaining to watch!

  • This tour was amazing!

  • This was one of the highlights of Siem Reap. Very talented performers. 5 star show in a 3 star venue but adds to the authenticity.

  • Brilliant ! Exhilarating! are the kind of worlds one can throw around to describe the display of acrobatics. A group of young men and women from an underprivileged background show us what they can do provided a little help. If also gives an entertainment of a different flavour after a long tiring day of temple hopping. So don't miss it, if you are in Siem Reap.

  • It was way better than what I expected. Something that I would definitely recommend to my friends.

  • Absolutely fantastic show. Vibrant. Energetic. Humorous. Though provoking. Really great atmosphere in an intimate 'big top', with audience very close to the action. The performers are stars, and the charity behind this venture deserves huge credit.

  • The show was fantastic. We watched Sokha which was the story of a Cambodian girl beginning with her surviving the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge to the present day where the country now has hope and the promise of a better future. The story was powerful and the acrobatics were great. It was sort of Cirque du Soleil meets Les Miserables but in a more intimate setting.

    Recommendation: Don't sit in the C-Section since you will miss many of the performance details. Instead sit in the B-section which in my opinion is better then sitting in the A-section since you have a better view of the entire performance while still being really close since the whole place is pretty small anyways

  • Absolutely amazing! I loved it! At the very beginning I was a bit apprehensive, however, by the end I was hooked. I had an ticket for the front three row seating. I'm not sure how different the experience would be in some of the other seats as the seating is in an half circle amphitheater style.

  • Absolutely loved this show. Highly recommended. We are a family of 4 with two teenage children. We alll had a great time. The best part is we are helping support this worthwhile cause. Their strength and talent were amazing. These kids were all disadvantaged at one time. This organization has schooled over 1200 children and of them 150 have trained to become performers. Put this on your list of things to do in Siem Reap.

  • Excellent - well worth it

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