Top ChoiceSpectator Sport in Asakusa & Sumida River

Ryōgoku Kokugikan

Ryōgoku Kokugikan

If you’re in town when a tournament is on, don't miss the chance to catch the big boys of Japanese wrestling in action at the country's largest sumo stadium. The main spectacle starts 3.40pm when the makuuchi...

Top ChoiceCircus in Battambang

Phare Ponleu Selpak

Battambang's signature attraction is the internationally acclaimed circus (cirque nouveau) of this multi-arts centre for Cambodian children. Although it also runs shows in Siem Reap, it's worth timing your visit...

Top ChoiceCircus in Siem Reap

Phare the Cambodian Circus

Phare the Cambodian Circus

Cambodia's answer to Cirque du Soleil, Phare the Cambodian Circus is so much more than a conventional circus, with an emphasis on performance art and a subtle yet striking social message behind each production....

Top ChoiceHorse Racing in Wan Chai & Northeast Hong Kong Island

Happy Valley Racecourse

Happy Valley Racecourse

An outing at the races is one of the quintessential Hong Kong things to do, especially if you're around during the weekly Wednesday-evening races. Punters pack into the stands and trackside, with branded beer...

Top ChoiceDance in Mandalay

Mintha Theater

Colourfully costumed dancers perform around 10 dances from a larger repertoire. Some give human form to traditional stories of local folklore, while others are examples of typical Burmese slapstick – perhaps a...

Top ChoicePuppet Theatre in Mandalay

Myanmar Marionette Theater

At this puppet theatre, colourful marionettes expressively re-create snippets of traditional tales on a tiny stage. Occasionally a curtain is lifted so that you can briefly admire the deft hand movements of the...

Top ChoiceOpera in Mumbai (Mumbai)

Royal Opera House

India's only surviving opera house reopened to suitably dramatic fanfare with a 2016 performance by Mumbai-born British soprano Patricia Rozario, after a meticulous six-year restoration project that saw the regal...

Top ChoiceTheatre in Ginza & Tsukiji

Kabukiza

Kabukiza

The flamboyant facade of this venerable theatre is fitting for the extravagant dramatic flourishes that are integral to the traditional performing art of kabuki. Check the website for performance details and to...

Top ChoiceLive Music in Kowloon

This Town Needs

This Town Needs…more underground music venues like this, staging 10 to 15 gigs monthly in a hip warehouse space in the coastal Kowloon burb of Yau Tong. Formerly known as Hidden Agenda, TTN is a much expanded...

Top ChoiceTheatre in Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

National Theatre

Japan's most important theatre for traditional performing arts stages kabuki, gagaku (music of the imperial court), kyōmai (Kyoto-style traditional dance), bunraku (classic puppet theatre) and more. Visit the...

Top ChoiceHorse Racing in Gangnam & Southern Seoul

Seoul Racecourse

Seoul Racecourse

Enjoy a day at the races at Seoul's impressive and hugely popular horse-racing track. A 40,000-capacity grandstand faces the sandy track and its backdrop of verdant hills, where giant screens show the odds, the...

Top ChoiceDance in Prambanan

Ramayana Ballet

Held at the outdoor theatre just west of the main Prambanan temple complex, the famous Ramayana Ballet is Java’s most spectacular dance-drama troupe. The story of Rama and Sita takes place three nights a week;...

Top ChoiceLive Music in Kowloon

Canton Singing House

The oldest and most atmospheric of Temple St's singalong parlours, Canton resembles a film set with mirror balls and glowing shrines. Singers take to the stage one after another to belt out the oldies; some...

Top ChoiceTheatre in Tashkent

Ilkhom Theatre

Tashkent’s main cultural highlight is this progressive theatre, whose productions often touch on gay themes and racial subjects, to consternation of the more conservative elements of Uzbek society. Alongside the...

Top ChoiceDance in Chiang Mai

Old Chiang Mai Cultural Centre

For an interactive immersion in all things Lanna, this first-of-its-kind Khantoke dinner-theatre experience remains unparalleled in Thailand. Guests stretch out on floor mats to feast on northern Thai dishes...

Top ChoiceSpectator Sport in Thewet & Dusit

Rajadamnern Stadium

Rajadamnern Stadium is Bangkok’s oldest and most venerable venue for moo·ay tai (Thai boxing; also spelt muay Thai). Be sure to buy tickets from the official ticket counter or online, not from touts and scalpers...

Top ChoicePerforming Arts in Phnom Penh

Traditional Dance Show

For this must-see performance, put on daily by Cambodian Living Arts, artists come from CLA's incubator program and work on specific shows for up to two years. Each is set in the attractive grounds of the...

Top ChoiceTheatre in Solo

Sriwedari Theatre

The theatre in this vacant plot (formerly an amusement park now undergoing redevelopment) is the unlikely venue of one of the best shows in Java! Traditional dance performances by Solo's esteemed and long-running...

Top ChoicePuppetry in Yangon

Htwe Oo Myanmar Traditional Puppet Theatre

Book ahead for this utterly charming cultural experience by Htwe and his family, who stage traditional puppet shows in their front living room. They've travelled the world and won awards for their shows, which...

Top ChoiceJazz in Central District

Peel Fresco

Charming Peel Fresco has live jazz every day of the week, with local and overseas acts on an intimate stage close enough for listeners to chink glasses with musicians. It's small, relaxed and friendly, and...