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Phare Ponleu Selpak - Battambang Circus

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Address: Anh Chanh Village, Ochar Commune, Battambang, Cambodia
Phone Number: (0)53 952 424
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Khmer slapstick brilliance

Tonights performance was of "chills", all about seeing ghosts. Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy are big influences in modern khmer culture and this showed tonight, but with acrobatic... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We were interested in visiting the school and see the student show in Battambang as we own a small circus school in our town and so we went to Battambang before hitting Siem Riep. School: supposedly there is a tour of the arts school (5$) but we visited in August and apparently nobody able to do the tour is there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Tonights performance was of "chills", all about seeing ghosts. Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy are big influences in modern khmer culture and this showed tonight, but with acrobatic and dance brilliance. Lots of energy and laughs. Get there early to view the students artwork and maybe buy a piece, stay for the show and make a donation to the organisation when... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We enjoyed every moment of this experience. They are so talented and made us laugh so much. It was a joy to hear the shrieks of the children. This is such a worthwhile cause to support and you won't be disappointed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The Phare circus show is nothing like the standard cultural shows in many Asian countries. It is simply an amazing, superb and awesome one hour show. The energy levels of the artistes, their superb acrobatic skills, their enthusiasm and the music all worked to create a very entertaining show. An event not to be missed in Cambodia.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The show was very entertaining. The artists performed a number of incredible acrobacies and also some juggling. I had a wonderful time there. And, yes, I paid more than expected but still a good value.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

it starts 3 times a week at 7pm - and there is a storyline related to Cambodian history. Interesting - and the acrobatic and music/light present is great, not only for kids. Keep some small money left for the fundraising after the show.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Some of the acrobatics performed will give you heart palpations and hanging on to the edge of your seat. Its a wonderful organization giving Cambodian children access to culture via different artistic activities. Attending the performance is supporting them all. Well worth the $14US and a good night out. Would recommend it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Just saw these guys perform in Battambang, it's a fun and heart warming show. The actors just seem to be having such a good time! It's great that they have the opportunity to do something so special and challenging for free. The price is a lot more expensive than quoted in the lonely planet, I was hoping to get a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

The circus is fairly expensive at $14 per adult and $7 for children under 14 so with the hour's show costing our family $56 it was expensive by Cambodian standards. However, the show was really enjoyable for all ages and we would recommend it as a good piece of entertainment. The show we saw was based around a simple story... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Very enjoyable acrobatics show with some impressive stunts, although $14 was a little pricey for a traveller on a budget

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