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Phare Ponleu Selpak - Battambang Circus

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Address: Anh Chanh Village, Ochar Commune | P.O. Box 316 Battambang, Battambang, Cambodia
Phone Number: (0)53 952 424
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This was the highlight of my whole trip to Cambodia. If you do nothing else, I recommend you going to this remarkable circus. Saw Sokha, it was incredibly moving, and the skills... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

This was the highlight of my whole trip to Cambodia. If you do nothing else, I recommend you going to this remarkable circus. Saw Sokha, it was incredibly moving, and the skills and application of the actors/acrobats and musicians was first class. A great night!

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La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Yes $14 seems a lot but they support so many adolescents - 1500 if I remember correctly - in different arts and crafts projects as well as the acrobatic circus and shows. There are not many ways to spend money in Battambang while helping so many vulnerable children and here they can stay with their families and benefit from further... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We went as a family to "Chills" in Battambang, performed by students of the circus school. Daring, lively and entertaining, we were on the edge of our seats with big smiles on our faces for the full hour. We were impressed with the performers' energy and enthusiasm, even as sweat literally poured off them on a warm night under hot... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed this evening out although note it's now $14 per adult which is a lot in Cambodia. It is more like a donation! Show is a little rough around the edges but energetic, daring, skillful and great fun to watch. Not much in the way of plot but this doesn't seem to matter. Also, the live music soundtrack is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

It's amazing what they can do! 14$ is a bit much compared to other things but it is well worth it! I have seen one is Siem Reap and this one and they were both fantastic I could watch them all day! Try to go earlier to get good seats! Recommend!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This isn't really a 'circus' as Westerners know it; rather, it is an acrobatic, musical tour de force through (recent) Cambodian history. The 12-member troupe of young men and women along with several musicians presents a touching, incredibly athletic drama based on one woman's memoir. All the performers are part of a 'school' designed to give Cambodia's young people a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

it great then I was expected, the performance was great it not really just a show but it a short story about the life.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

The good cause being to give street kids a second chance and a way out thanks to the circus, a new career. So USD 35 for 2 adults and 1 child comes across as a donation included in the entrance fee - there were 8 performers and 4 musicians. We went with our four year old daughter and she enjoyed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We didn't go to the performance in Battambang, we had seen the one in Siem Reap and visited the school for a tour. We were taken round by a very well spoken young man who told us how each department worked and about how the school started. There is a small gallery where art work can be bought, I bought... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 via mobile

This circus was amazing. It's not an "elephants dancing around in tutus" type circus, which I was grateful for. Instead it's youths and young adult locals doing acrobatics and impressive stunts. Each performer has their own stage personality which added to the show. It was funny, and didn't require the audience to be fluent in English to understand it. Yes,... More 

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