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“Great show. Great cause.”

Phare Ponleu Selpak - Battambang Circus
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Owner description: 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.
Toronto, Canada
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“Great show. Great cause.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2012

A fun way to spend a night in Battambang (considering there is nothing else to do here). The charity does great work with youth and these kids were definitely talented.

We hoped to stay for dinner so that we could give even more to the charity, but it sounds like they stopped with the dinners last month.

Check this place out!

Visited September 2012
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“What a show”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2012

At this moment it is low season so only 2 shows per week. But when you see a show you have to come back to see more. What a great performance from this kids. They have several different shows so staying in high season 2 or more days , go to see this performances. AMAZING GOOD !

Visited August 2012
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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“Stunning!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2012

The athleticism of the circus performers, and their acting abilities, were amazing to behold. Also, before the circus, we had the opportunity to view and purchase artwork created by Phare Ponleu Selpak students. The quality varied but was mostly very good, and the prices were very good for original art.

Visited September 2012
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“Only reason to visit Battambang”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2012

Really impressive 'Cirque de Soleil' style circus routines by disadvantaged local teenagers - an absolute must if you are in Battambang.

Schedule is on their website - it's not everyday - http://www.phareps.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=39&Itemid=37&lang=en

Cost - think it was USD 8 - but the price is printed on the tickets that are available from travel agencies and hotels around the town

Time - show starts at 7pm, but you can get there from 6:15pm to have a free drink in the art gallery and look around the school.

How to get there - USD 2 for a tuk tuk from town (although you might be able to get it cheaper than this as it isn't that far). We were quoted USD 4 for someone to come and collect us after the show as well.

Dinner - after the show you can stay on for dinner in the restaurant for USD 6. Food was very nice, drinks were cheap and you also got a free ride back to town in their minibus.

Drinks - there is a bar on site.

Visited August 2012
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“Put it on your list of things to do in Battambang”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2012

outstanding show from a great Cambodian NGO, emmeshed in the community and doing great work. The show (2 or 3 times a week depending on season) in the evening is of very good quality.

Visited August 2012
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