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Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap
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Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap

By Phare, The Cambodian Circus
Recommended by 97% of travellers
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Immerse yourself in Cambodian folktales and history while watching talented young acrobats and aerialists perform live feats before your eyes by booking yourself a ticket to Phare, a circus arts performance staged right in Siem Reap. There are six acts in total, depicting everything from traditional elements of Cambodian society to interactions between locals and tourists.
from
HK$225.08
per adult
from
HK$225.08
per adult

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Duration: 1h
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Highlights
  • Learn about Cambodian life in an entertaining way
  • Watch theatrical and acrobatic performances from a young troupe
  • Choose from preferred seating or general admission tickets
  • Premium seating comes with free sports bottles for water

  • Siem Reap's most original, authentic live performance.
  • Entry/Admission - Phare, The Cambodian Circus
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drink available for purchase during free pre-show entertainment


Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6719REPPHARE

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Seating begins at 20 minutes prior to scheduled showtime. Last entry is 5 minutes past showtime
  • Tickets are non-refundable. Ticket office may be able to accommodate rescheduling if requested at least 24 hours prior to booked showtime
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers who require wheelchairs are to inform us in advance for prior arrangements.
  • Most travellers can participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

Which attractions will I visit with Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap?
How much is Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap?
Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap price starts from HK$219.22. Discover and book Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap on Tripadvisor
What is the Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap cancellation policy?
Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap?
Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap is hosted by Phare, The Cambodian Circus. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Phare, The Cambodian Circus on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6719REPPHARE

About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

Nicola A
Nicola A
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Wow amazing !
Wow, this show is amazing ! High energy , great talent and superbly put together! We got the C package tickets and
L5549HQjackiel
L5549HQjackiel
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Inspirational, on the edge of your seat entertainment!!
Very hard to come up with words, but WOW!!! The talent of the artists is absolutely incredible! This was recommende
samlA2388DD
samlA2388DD
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Cirque de Cambodia
The performers were truly gifted, an amazing night of high energy entertainment. Do not leave Siem Riep without see
helga_lm
helga_lm
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A must in Siem Reap!
This was an excellent night out in Siem Reap, we had so much fun. The show lasts a bit more than an hour, it’s funn
EMMVYTRAVEL
EMMVYTRAVEL
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Great hour spent!
Fun hour watching acrobatics, asparagus dancer and just overall happy performers! Very enjoyable. Showed up early
JIMMY_PAGELondon
JIMMY_PAGELondon
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Lo-fi circus fun. Good cause
Fun night to be had at the circus. We started at the open air food stalls which had a good selection of drinks and
Jamtraveltips
Jamtraveltips
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Fun Night
This is a non-governmental organization that was opened in 2013 by Cambodian refugees who had returned home from re
narung786
narung786
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Thank you Phare
We were invited for the show at Phare thankfully with "invite a family" fundraising. I didnt know anything about Ph
samnangK67
samnangK67
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Me and my kids loved it
We visited Phare Circus last Saturday with my kids. The show was amazing, particularly entertaining for kids. We lo
tatchaiya
tatchaiya
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All my family loved it
We went to Phare thanks to their invite a family fundraising, they invited all our families at Mulberry Boutique Ho
JoelK382
JoelK382
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Circus... Fun... Circus... Fun
This performance included songs, dance, acrobatics and theater. This was a fun performance. The other great thing i
suegreenhow2017
suegreenhow2017
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Great evening's entertainment
The show combines acrobatics, juggling and more to create an enjoyable show performed in a tent. You can book seat
E1815YYkimt
E1815YYkimt
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Great
This place is great. It is funny and if you are looking for a place to spend the evening go here . You only need to
bob2bkk
bob2bkk
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Great tlented young people.
The young people performing here are so full of energy and intensity and passion in all the of their performance.
HotelLover2009
HotelLover2009
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Amazing
The highlight of our 6-week trip for our children. They were reluctant at visiting a "circus" but left uplifted and
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Pietro M
Phnom Penh, Cambodia110 contributions
After a long day in the sun exploring the temples, this was a nice way to spend an hour in the evening. Great for people of all ages, as the older folk and children alike were engaged through the entire performance. The shows themselves seem to vary either weekly or biweekly but our show (White Gold) consisted of traditional Khmer music, dancing, acrobatics, balancing, and lots of impressions gymnastics moves. Just the right length as well, doesn't drag on and moves at a good pace.

The performers are all training at a local Arts Academy that promotes jobs in the performing arts and sustaining Khmer culture so its a worthy cause to support. The performances at our show were truly fabulous and the passion and pride they have in their work shines through with each act. Tickets are cheap (10 bucks for regular seats) so it's well within all traveler's budgets. Get the $20 reserved seats though and you'l get a great view in the front row right by the action (that Chinese yo-yo gets real close to you!). You can also meet and talk to all the performers after the show which I highly recommend.

Overall a great night and performance to attend!
Written 18 June 2022
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Hi 1693_Travel! Thank you very much for this wonderful review. We're glad to hear that you had a great time at Phare and hope that the show was a great antidote to your Angkor temple fatigue. Thanks for pointing out to other travelers the special ticket pricing during the season of Phare Circus Rising that goes on till September 2022. The artists involved will be pleased to hear your kind words. We hope you had an amazing trip in Cambodia and we look forward to welcoming you in the future.
Written 22 June 2022
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Narelle
Brisbane, Australia72 contributions
Jan 2023 • Family
This experience was thoroughly enjoyable. We took a tuk tuk ($2) there and from our arrival at the venue the set up was very well organised. There is a shop with quality locally made items. There were food and drink stands and the choice was excellent. Our dishes were so delicious and it was all very reasonable pricing. We also saw a shadow puppet show which was delightful. The circus performance was amazing and all the performers were exuberant, incredible and they were so happy. The musicians played the whole time and we loved the music very much. Highly recommended experience
Written 17 January 2023
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Hi Narelle, thank you for sharing your Phare Circus experience. It's especially gratifying to hear the entire evening was a success. The Cambodian street food experience and pre-show entertainment are new features that were added during the pandemic. They proved to be so popular, they were made permanent. Our sincerest hope is that guests will experience a full evening of uniquely Cambodian activities and entertainment. Thanks again for the review. Your compliments will be shared with the entire staff and performers.
Written 18 January 2023
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Graham L
Edinburgh, UK61 contributions
Nov 2022
A 15 minute Tuk-Tuk ride from the centre of Siem Reap to this intimate venue for a cracking piece of physical theatre with a story with a moral and just oodles of fun all thrown in. This is no "big top" like you might remember from going to the circus as a kid and the show has so much more energy, more like an Olympic gymnastics final, it was really that good! We paid US$28 each for a category B ticket and given the cause this is supporting, to provide hope and employment to people in Battambang, it was money very well spent. No hard sell, just an explanation from the head honcho at the end of the show, and then an opportunity to meet the cast and snap a few pix. A great night!
Written 2 December 2022
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Hi Graham, thanks for the awesome review of your evening at Phare Circus. It's definitely not a conventional, acrobatic circus , but uniquely Cambodian story telling. The artists create and perform stories based on their own life experiences, drawing from recent Cambodian history, folklore and modern society. Understanding the challenging circumstances from which the performers came, make the experience much more impactful. The short speech at the end gives a brief overview, offers an opportunity for guests to contribute to Phare Ponleu Selpak non-profit school if they like, and come down on stage to chat and take photos with the artists. We're delighted to hear the evening was a success and your appreciation will be shared with the performers.
Written 5 December 2022
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S0n1a_13
Bridgnorth, UK238 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
When you arrive you are able to get drinks and food before you see the show at reasonable prices. The show itself was very clever, telling a story with excellent acrobatics and is in a small arena meaning you are close up to the action. A truly enjoyable experience which had guests , laughing, clapping, cheering and gasping. If you want to see a entertaining and fun show give it a go.
Written 16 January 2023
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Hi S0n1a_13, thank you for the awesome review of your evening at Phare Circus. We're delighted to hear you enjoyed the Cambodian street food and drinks before the show. This format is something that was added during the pandemic, which proved to be very popular, so it was kept on. The shopping and pre-show entertainment around the cafe also are a great warm up for the main event in the big top. As you mention, Phare is not a conventional acrobatic circus, but uniquely Cambodian story telling, which uses drama, dance, live music, visual arts and circus. The artists and staff will be very happy to hear your compliments.
Written 17 January 2023
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gabiA
Tianjin, China21 contributions
This was some of the best fun we’ve had in a long time! The show is impressive, intelligent, humorous, and professional. Even the “cheap seats” are pretty up close, but we had sprung for the reserved seats, and we will do the same the next time we come. We definitely plan to come back!

I recommend coming early for a bite and entertainment before the show. We didn’t, but we will the next time. We did arrive in time to catch a drumming demonstration that blew us away, but we didn’t try any of the food.

If you are looking for souvenirs from Cambodia, I recommend getting them at the shop. It’s quality stuff and it all supports local artisans and the local economy as well as some good causes in addition to the one that supports the circus. I haven’t shopped at the markets, but I’m guessing the prices are comparable, possibly a bit higher and there’s no bargaining, but the quality is bound to be better and the artists are better supported. They’re probably more authentic as well.
Written 27 June 2022
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PhareCircus
Hi gabiA, thank you for writing such a detailed review of your evening at Phare Circus. It's a great tip for future guests to arrive early for the Cambodian Street Food, drink specials, shopping and pre-show entertainment. The pre-show changes weekly. We look forward to welcoming you for another visit!
Written 1 July 2022
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neryswlewis
Cardiff38 contributions
Aug 2022 • Solo
My friend had told me to see a Phare Circus performance amongst the long list of temples and things to do! I managed to book a last minute ticket on Wednesday night through my hotel. I just showed up at 5.45 with my booking reference. I had a very warm welcome from the moment I stepped out of my tuk-tuk. You have to enter and exit through the boutique shop, then sit in the restaurant/bar area. I didn’t eat as I wasn’t hungry but the food I did see looked very nice. The bar was also doing a 2 for 1 on some cocktails until 6pm, so worth coming early! We had a short music and a juggling performance and then waited for the doors to open. I had booked a premium seat which I highly recommend as you don’t have any obstructions.
Our show was ‘Same, Same but Different’ and was exciting from start to finish. A very enjoyable performance by an incredibly talented cast. It was nice to see the big top at full capacity. If you’re visiting Siem Reap, I highly recommend this for an evening out (Wednesdays,Fridays and Saturdays). I can guarantee an evening of laughter!
Written 4 August 2022
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Hi neryswlewis, Thank you for such a detailed review of your evening at Phare Circus. It's delightful to hear you enjoyed the full evening, from the Cambodian street food favorites, drink specials, shopping and pre-show activities. It's a great warm-up to the main event. As you point out, guests can get tickets from most hotels in Siem Reap, as well as on the Phare Circus website and many other online travel websites. The iconic red circus big top is an intimate venue, so guests will not be far from the action no matter which seat area they choose, but as you mention, the best views are in Reserved Sections A & B, facing the front of the stage. The views in some spots of Open Section C on the sides of the stage are partially obstructed by support poles. Arrive early to avoid those spots. "Same Same but Different" is such an insight into how Cambodians see the way they approach daily life and how it's different from the way non-Cambodians do. Very tongue-in-cheek fun. We're also thrilled to see visitors coming back to Siem Reap and Phare Circus after more than two years of zero tourism. The entire community is coming back to life. It's also a unique time to enjoy the sites without too many visitors. It's a special time for visitors and locals. Thanks again for the recommendation and for including Phare Circus in your Siem Reap visit.
Written 5 August 2022
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Kaverukset
6 contributions
So much fun! The show was amazing, we enjoyed it a lot as young adults and we are sure this show is suitable for anyone regardless of the age. They served affordable food there and the institution was built up for a good cause, giving education for cambodians in the arts field. They were all so very skilled! Perfect evening in Siem Riep, higly recommend!
Written 26 October 2022
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Hi Kaverukset, thank you for sharing your Phare Circus experience. We're delighted you enjoyed the show and agree it's fun for all ages. It's great you took advantage of the pre-show activities and Cambodian street food. As you point out, guests have the added satisfaction of knowing their patronage supports good jobs in the arts, and funds Phare Ponleu Selpak non-profit school. We hope readers follow your recommendation. :-)
Written 28 October 2022
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Aidan C
Singapore, Singapore73 contributions
We had a great time at the show. The street food and cocktails before the show were very tasty and great value. The pre-show entertainment was great (all female drum troop). The circus itself was great - exciting, funny and filled with joy - it was clear that the performers were having a great time! Definitely recommended.
Written 1 April 2022
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PhareCircus
Hi Aidan C, Thanks for the review and recommendation. Hopefully readers will take your advice! :-) Sounds like you had the full evening experience. The Cambodian Street Food is prepared by some of Siem Reap's favorite street food chefs. The "Spiked Lemongrass" is my favorite cocktail. Pre-show entertainment varies from week-to-week and provided by visiting local performers and Phare Circus. The troupe you saw is called "MEDHA", Cambodia's first all-female drum troupe. They are indeed pioneers in their art. A couple film makers from LA started a documentary about them just before the pandemic called "Where the Roots Lie". Hopefully they can resume soon. Glad you enjoyed the main event, also. The performers do genuinely love what they do, and it shows. I'll pass along your appreciation to them. Best Regards, Craig
Written 4 April 2022
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Katie B
16 contributions
This was recommended by our hotel and we are SO GLAD. It was an amazing way to spend an evening - high quality acrobatics, some humorous moments and lots of fun throughout! I’d recommend getting there early - there is food available in their restaurant as well as products made by students they support as part of their education programme. Visiting Siem Reap? Make sure you go to the circus.
Written 28 September 2022
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Hi Katie B, thanks for sharing your Phare experience and making a solid recommendation. Thanks for pointing out to other travelers about the pre-show activities. We recommend guests arrive from 5:30 PM to enjoy the full evening experiences such as the foods & drinks, shopping for unique locally made handicrafts, and the preshow entertainment before the main show. Guests can enjoy a great show with the added benefit of knowing that their visit provides jobs and funds free artistic and academic education at Phare Ponleu Selpal non-profit school. We hope you have an amazing trip in Cambodia and thanks again for including Phare Circus in your visit to Siem Reap.
Written 3 October 2022
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Omar_IIR
London, UK1 contribution
The show was fun and I would recommend this to anyone who has a free evening in Siem Reap. You’re able to buy drinks and food at the venue and bring this inside with you as you watch the show. The performers were great and were enthusiastic and energetic. The show is just over an hour.
Written 30 September 2022
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Hi Omar_IIR, thanks for sharing your Phare experience and making a solid recommendation. Thanks for pointing out to other travelers about the pre-show activities. We recommend guests arrive from 5:30 PM to enjoy the full evening experiences such as the foods & drinks, shopping for unique locally made handicrafts, and the preshow entertainment before the main show. The artist creates the show based on their own life experience and they are very passionate about what they do. We make sure to pass along your appreciation to them. Again, thanks for including Phare Circus in your visit to Siem Reap. We hope to welcome you again in the future.
Written 3 October 2022
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