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.

Additional Info

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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  • 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

  • One of my favorite things that we did in Siem Reap. These kids are learning all the skills it takes to run a show: performing, sound and lighting, costumes, etc. It was great to see them in action and they were so excited to have people enjoy their show. So fun!

  • We watched the Same Same but Different show. It was good. The tent was not that small, but not that big, too -- it made us feel more interactive with the performers. It gave a certain sense of intimacy, as the crowd was small enough so that we were all kind of close to the space where the performers were. The part where the performers were speaking was not that audible, though, but I guess that was just random sounds for the comedic purpose of some of the scenes. My favorite part was when one of the guys balanced on a tower of alternating cylindrical blocks. That really got us gaping and afraid and excited and amazed. What I like most about this show is that people get to support the cause of Phare Ponleu Selpak to help make all these impoverished kids get an opportunity in life and learn to perform and go out and see the world -- some of them have performed internationally. Go watch. Definitely worth your time. If you need a break from the usual -- Pub Street and the temples of Siem Reap.

  • This tour was amazing!

  • This circus and theatrical performance definitely exceeded my expectations. The location was easy to find and most tuk-tuk drivers knew the area well. The layout of the stage and the seating arrangements ensured that everyone has a good view of the performance and the incredibly diverse audience means you're more than likely to meet someone from another country or continent!

    The performers were absolutely incredible and have trained for years to master the movement and the various acrobatic skills. The live music played by two young members of the Phare team perfectly set the mood for each of the scenes which range of upbeat and humorous to dark and ominous. It is quite an educational experience for people of all ages and backgrounds and is a great night out for the whole family. This organisation also supports education of thousands of underprivileged youth and is vital in reviving a lot of the performing arts and traditional craftsmanship in Siem Reap.

    Go along to see this and you won't be disappointed!

  • These were dedicated and amazing performers and they all had an interesting story to tell.
    A brilliant way to get youth off the streets and give them a purpose and self-respect. It was easy to accept that you were going to be asked for donations each step of the way! It really is a good cause.

  • Very dark and depressing, we should not have taken our children to this. Would not recommend, especially for families.

  • The circus show was amazing. A combination of theater and circus perform by young group. Circus shows are held primarily to raise funds to sustain the art school theater and circus for these young students. A must see show.

  • I LOVED it! Everyone who is in Siem Reap should have this experience to see a very nice show and also is a way help them...

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