I wanted to see some traditional Khmer dance so I booked tickets from the Angkor Village Hotel at $25 each for my husband and I. The price included dinner and the show.
The tables were long and low and we sat on cushions which was a little uncomfortable for my 6'2" husband. The meal we were served consisted of fried spring rolls with dipping sauces, chicken soup with lemongrass, green papaya salad with mango, saraman pork with red spices, steamed fish in banana leaves, steamed white rice, and carmelized pumpkin with coconut cream. The food was pretty good and the service was efficient.
We were given programs as we entered but unfortunately there were none in English so ours was written in French which made it slightly difficult to figure out what we were seeing. However we enjoyed the music from the orchestra and the performances. The program not only describes the 5 dances but the characters, the meaning of the hand gestures, and the instruments that make up the khmer orchestra. When I got home I translated the program so the dances were: Ballet of Apsaras, Dance of fishermen, Dance of Mekhala, Dance of coconuts, and Legend of Reamker.
It was a nice way to spend a few hours doing something other than temple sightseeing. I'm glad we went.
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