Bambu Stage Siem Reap
Bambu Stage Siem Reap
5
Theaters
This location was reported permanently closed
About
Bambu Stage is a hybrid theatre with creative, entertaining and informative nightly shows, as well as daily puppet and drumming workshops. We are a performing arts venue and gathering place for artists and art lovers. We operate as a social entreprise with the goal of contributing to a sustainable Cambodian arts scene.
Duration: 1-2 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Admission tickets
from $19.00
All you need to step foot in the door.

Top ways to experience Bambu Stage Siem Reap and nearby attractions

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as wait time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.


5.0
294 reviews
Excellent
268
Very good
17
Average
6
Poor
1
Terrible
2

traveler
14 contributions
Feb 2020
I recently attended a very enjoyable performance of Forbidden Rhythms by Medha at Bambu Stage in Siem Reap. Several outdoor open-air performance areas are integrated into an intriguing venue, complete with a small bar and comfortable seating for drinks or food before or after a show. Bambu Stage is located in a lively part of the city, easily walkable from other activities and lodging. The organization promotes local artists and offers the opportunity to share traditions of Cambodian culture in a professional contemporary setting.
Written March 10, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Hawki_13
Lihue, HI48 contributions
Jan 2020
Imagine a mystical little forest with fires, winding paths, and sparkling lights. Imagine young Khmer artists performing original and contemporary Shadow Puppet theatre with humor and energy that will enthrall you. Imagine intimately learning about Cambodia's history and temples through film, audience interaction, and photography from enticing and dedicated presenters. Imagine a group of brave women moving you to heartfelt cheers as they masterly play the Khmer drums. Imagine sitting amongst the performers, staff, and visitors in warm conversation and connection. Imagine an organization dedicated to the Cambodian arts and culture that knows how to greet visitors as family. This and more is Bambu Stage. Do not miss it.
Written January 25, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Dear Hawki_13! Thank you so much for your kind words! Always a pleasure to read our guest and always thrilled to share evenings with you! See you soon at Bambu Stage :)
Written January 28, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Debnath11
Tokyo, Japan2 contributions
Dec 2019
We just returned from a trip to Cambodia, and watching the shadow theater at Bambu Stage was one of the highlights of the trip. A talented troupe of actors performing based on a nice little story. Our little kid, though initially scared, has a fond memory of the buffalo fight. Felt the commitment and passion of the team from a brief chat with the co-owner, and wish you all the best for the continued great work that you are engaged in...
Thank you
Written January 2, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hello, Thanks for this feedback and your encouragement. All the team is working hard to deliver a great performance, we can't be happier when you feel our passion and share those moments with us! All the best,
Written January 12, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Charlie G
3 contributions
Apr 2020
I had the chance to be able to stay in Siem Reap for an extended period of time. Bambu Stage is one of the most vivid and wonderful memory I kept from that city. As soon as you step in, it feels like entering a parallel universe, a little Cambodian world outside of space and time.
It's the opposite of a tourist trap: the shows are heartfelt, both creative and grounded in tradition, made with the people.
If you come by Siem Reap, make sure you don't miss it !
The owner is a fascinating guy, too. He's very warm and welcoming and have had a crazy life before coming there. Have a chat with him if you get the chance !
Written March 28, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Richard C
Siem Reap, Cambodia47 contributions
Dec 2019
interesting and compelling interactive presentation on the development of the temples and how their formations grew over time. We visited the show in the FCC so a slightly different atmosphere followed by dinner. A great experience all round.
Written January 6, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Dear Richard, Thank you for this feedback. We are happy to share our knowledge with our guests! All the best,
Written January 12, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

ilovecambodia
Melbourne102 contributions
I was delighted to see traditional khmer dance, which I love, being transformed into modern expression. It was a fantastic experience for me. I'll never look at the house maids and street sweepers in the same way again. Bravo!!
Written January 23, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thanks for the five star review ilovecambodia! We really appreciate your support Bambu Stage Team
Written December 24, 2017
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Kevin C
Uvita, Puntarenas, Costa Rica4 contributions
Jan 2015 • Couples
As a middle aged man who is not really normally into things like this, I have to admit that this was an incredible show. I'm really glad that my wife and daughter dragged me along. I can see how ancient kings would be captivated by dancers like this. The show was beautiful and just the right length. Definitely worth your time, and a great cause to help the local dancers and preserve the Cambodian history in a new way!
Written January 15, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hello Kevin, So happy you were dragged along by your wife and daughter! We’re happy we entertained you last night. The Bambu Stage Team
Written December 24, 2017
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

WuXueyi
Siem Reap, Cambodia1 contribution
Jan 2015 • Couples
“Swept Away”–the title on the posters–is the main and final set and a nice, tidy way to draw the show to a close as it is the only one with a narrative flow and is preceded by two short sets (and corresponding costume changes). All three sets differed in mood, energy and style and it was interesting to see these changes as the show (just a little under an hour) progressed. The show opened with a surprisingly fierce, almost raw energy that is the last thing you would think of in association with dance in Siem Reap (think those gentle nymphs locked in close, deliberate motion on temple reliefs). The second set brought a calm transition in mood by highlighting those classical, feminine Apsara moves with the natural feel of modern flow. And then in “Swept Away”, it’s back to the Swinging Sixties except, instead of The Beach Boys or The Beatles, you are bobbing around to the Khmer equivalent of what obviously is a Top of the Pops number in Cambodia at the time. (Testament to how big this song is here: the nice, reserved Cambodian lady next to me squealed with delight when the song came on and, a few nights later while passing the Siem Reap Provincial Hospital, I recognised the same piece performed karaoke-style and, the next day, blaring from a radio at a local eatery during lunch. I have to write in to Bambu, find out what this song is and get it.)

As a temporary site just for this show, the Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa provides a lovely outdoor garden setting where you can enjoy a drink (beer or wine) that comes with the entrance ticket (US$18). If you’re wondering how to get tickets, look out for the fantastic bamboo woven tuk-tuk that Bambu Stage has commissioned and drives around town almost every day. There is no numbered seating and you get the option of a chair or cushion–depending on what time you get there–so arrive early and scout out the best views. The Bambu team is warm and hospitable and go around to everyone to say hello and get feedback.

What’s interesting behind the scenes is, the show is a collaboration between Bambu Stage (which will soon have their own permanent home) and New Cambodian Artists, a group of young performers from which these four leads for “Swept Away” were drawn. The four performers are classically trained Aspara dancers who have been studying under foreign professionals for some time in new, modern styles – this coming together of traditional movement and local cultural references with modern styles and expression, shows through consistently in all three sets. The performers are clearly gleaming with energy and pride to be on stage.

In his introduction before the show Bambu’s Creative Director talked about the recent eviction of Siem Reap's School of Fine Arts and how this has caused something of a hole in the local art ecology. Bambu plans to present more productions in the future that connect the history, culture, spirit and changing societies of Cambodia through the primacy of theatre and performance. I'm really excited to follow Bambu and what they next get up to!
Written January 15, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hello Xueyi, Thanks for your great review of SWEPT AWAY and we really appreciate your time to write such a thoughtful review . Best of luck with your travels in the future around the arts of Asia. Nick, Jon and Bob
Written December 24, 2017
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Steven van Dissel
The Hague, The Netherlands20 contributions
Dec 2014 • Friends
Go and see the young dancers of New Cambodian Artists in the Bambu theatre. You will be seduced by the power, the elegance, the music and the great mix of traditional Cambodian dancing-skills and techniques and the exciting energy of western modern and classical music!
Written January 21, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
“The power, the elegance” Thanks for your kind and generous words Steven. Enjoy your travels in Cambodia. Bambu Stage Team
Written December 24, 2017
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Edgar H
Torquay, UK50 contributions
Jan 2015 • Couples
This is a performance not to be missed. Not only is the performance quality amazing but also the standard of direction, choreography and set. The programme lasted an hour with two short routines followed by the main dance 'Swept Away' in which the dancers enact their struggles to escape from their mundane cleaners jobs.

The show encompasses classical Aspara and all the major dance influences through to the Cambodian pop scene of the 60's and 70's. The dancers display all the skills from intricate Cambodian classical to pulsating modern routines. We left the venue feeling exhilarated and on a high and wishing that the performance had gone on longer. The dance will appeal to all ages so please visit if you are in Siem Reap.
For more information see their website bambustage.com
Written January 16, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hello haltoneb, Thanks for your your wonderful review on TripAdvisor. We appreciate hte time you took to respond so thoughtfully. Regards, Bambu Stage Team
Written December 24, 2017
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 260
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Bambu Stage Siem Reap - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)