Phare, The Cambodian Circus | Siem Reap

My mother clapped cheerfully every time an artist jumped high on a tray held by other artists or an artist went high up performing aerobatic stunts on a rope. She had seen the artists perform in awe. We were at a Cambodian Circus.

A bit of context

In the morning, I had asked my mother if she had ever been to a circus. My mother had replied that she had been to one when she was very little. And there I had booked two tickets for Phare, the Cambodian Circus (thanks to my colleague’s daughter who had told me about the famous Cambodian circus).

  • Cost for circus: USD 18 per person for general admission (Seat C).
  • Cost for Tuk Tuk: USD 6.
  • Purchase: Tickets can be purchased at any tour agency in Siem Reap or online.
  • Ask the Tuk Tuk rider, he/she will take you to any travel agent that sells the tickets.

We reached the place at around 7:30 PM and the show started at 8 PM. The circus was very minimalistic with no big sponsors or amazing costumes. But the performances were awesome. The artists were splendid. Each segment of the show was better than the previous one. The vibe, effort and energy was jaw-dropping. And the music was so catchy. In a nutshell, this is something that one should never miss when in Siem Reap.

Pleasing my mother is not only difficult but close to impossible. Nothing impressed my mother other than her soap operas on television. Okay, that’s a bit exaggeration. To sum it up, I can never please my mother. But this time I had hit the bullseye, she had loved the circus.

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