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Phare Ponleu Selpak - Battambang Circus

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Address: Anh Chanh Village, Ochar Commune, Battambang, Cambodia
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+855 53 952 424
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Phare Ponleu Selpak is a Cambodian NGO that helps children and families...

Phare Ponleu Selpak is a Cambodian NGO that helps children and families from disadvantaged backgrounds through three fields of intervention: education, social support, and artistic trainings. Tours of the campus are provided Monday-Friday at 9:30am, 10:30am, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm. There are 2 to 4 circus shows each week. The doors open at 6, and the show starts at 7. Arrive early and check out the free art exhibition hall, shop in the boutique, or get a cold drink at the Bar. Check the website for the most updated circus schedule.

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Great way to spend an evening

Following recommendations from other backpackers we booked tickets through our hostel and it did not disappoint! It's a really great way to spend an evening, the show was funny... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Following recommendations from other backpackers we booked tickets through our hostel and it did not disappoint! It's a really great way to spend an evening, the show was funny, creative and entertaining plus it's a cause to support.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved it! It's important to remember this is an amateur show put on by students. They obviously love what they do and have worked hard to put the show together. The music was amazing; I was impressed with how they kept the show together and adapted as it changed. There were comedic portions, juggling, acrobatics, and balancing acts. They... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you've missed their show in Siem Reap, make sure to go and see them in their homebase of Battambang. If you've seen one of their shows in Siem Reap, just go again - you know it's really good fun.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a group of talented young performers who are developing their skills in front of a live audience. They are students of the Phare school who aspire to become professional performers. They perform for 60 minutes continuous and keep your attention the whole time; it's a fun routine to include good dancing, some comedy and good strength, agility, athletic... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An absolute must do for anyone visiting the Battambang area of Cambodia. Personally, I'm not big into dance, performance arts or anything like that. But this show is absolutely outstanding. Super talented people. Dancers, acrobatics, tricks, flicks, jumps, juggling etc. with great music to go along with it. A brilliant experience!!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My friend and I went because of the great reviews and were not impressed at all. I completely understand this is not Cirque du Soleil but for $14 we thought we'd see some pretty cool tricks. I feel bad writing this review (changed from poor to average in the end) because it's obvious the teens were very enthusiastic and I... More 

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PharePS, Public Relations Manager at Phare Ponleu Selpak - Battambang Circus, responded to this review

Dear AlexiaTX, Thank you for sharing your experience of Phare Ponleu Selpak. We're extremely humbled and honored by the overwhelmingly positive reviews. It's gratifying to know that despite the simple staging and costumes, and the difficult social and economic backgrounds of the young Cambodian artists, they are able to make an impression on visitors. Phare Ponleu Selpak is an NGO... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When you consider what these children/adults have been through, losing their parents and the anger, hatred and frustration they must feel, it is even more important to go and support the school and all that it stands for. The performance was fantastic. We were really close to the artists and you could feel their pride and enjoyment of all that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved every minute of this high energy, acrobatic and humorous performance. The performers were multi talented and kept the audience of all ages enthralled the entire time. Loved the dancing, live music, story-telling and fast pace. A definite highlight in Battambang and one to remember!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having attended any circus in the last 15 years I finally recognised how tough it must be to the perdormers. Big respect to them! The traditional dancing performance in the beginning was just beautiful. The following performance of young circus students was absolutely stunning. We could follow the story by watching them doing their flickflacks, splits 10m above the ground... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This circus is good fun. The show is entertaining and funny. The performers act their parts well and do amazing tricks. It's not very expensive and is worth while visiting. Fun for all ages.

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