Entertainment in Cambodia

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Siem Reap

    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. Cambodia's leading circus, theatre and performing-arts organisation, Phare Ponleu Selpak opened its big top for nightly shows in 2013, and the results are unique, must-see entertainment.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment 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 to Battambang to watch this amazing spectacle where it began. Shows are held two to four nights per week, depending on the season (check the website), and kick off at 7pm.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment 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 National Museum. There's an optional dinner-show combo ticket (from US$30) that includes a meal at nearby Friends.

  • Entertainment in Phnom Penh

    Prumsodun Ok & Natyarasa

    Cambodia's first gay dance company infuses Khmer classics with a contemporary (and LGBTQ+) spirit at its evocative performances in the Counterspace Theater each weekend. The works displayed here aim for high art and are more along the lines of what you'd find on the international festival circuit than the tourist-pleasing affairs elsewhere in town.

  • Entertainment in Siem Reap

    Sacred Dancers of Angkor

    There are countless apsara dance shows around Siem Reap, but only the Sacred Dancers of Angkor can claim royal patronage from HRH Princess Norodom Bopha Devi, one of the most accomplished classical dancers in the kingdom. The mesmerising performance takes place in the garden of the Nginn Karet Foundation, which supports the dancers' extensive training.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Phnom Penh

    Meta House

    This German-run cultural centre screens art-house films, documentaries and shorts from Cambodia and around the world at its rooftop cinema. Films are sometimes followed by Q&As with those involved. There's also a large art gallery and on-site Art Cafe, while dance, theatre and music events round out the busy cultural calendar.

  • Entertainment in Kampot

    KAMA Fish Island Arts Centre

    Founded by Julien Poulson of legendary band Cambodian Space Project, this social enterprise has moved into a large new creative space on the outskirts of Kampot where Paulson's wife, Kek Soon, directs an evolving repertoire of festivals, arts classes and musical programmes. She also runs the centre's scrumptious cafe and guides cuisine and cultural tours. Rooms now available, too.

  • Entertainment in Phnom Penh

    Sovanna Phum Arts Association

    Regular traditional shadow-puppet performances and occasional classical dance and traditional drum shows are held here every Friday and Saturday night. Audience members are invited to try their hand at the shadow puppets after the 50-minute performance. Classes are available in the art of shadow puppetry, puppet making, classical and folk dance, and traditional Khmer musical instruments (from US$20).

  • Entertainment in Siem Reap

    Bambu Stage

    Bambu Stage offers an eclectic variety of traditional entertainment, including a nightly shadow puppet show that weaves a historical tale of the Cambodian civil war. Other shows include Temples Decoded (Tuesday) and Snap (Friday), a history of Cambodian photography. The venue also hosts Cambodia Living Arts' all-female drum performance, The Call, on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 8pm.

  • Entertainment in Siem Reap

    Angkor Dynasty

    Move over Macau (and Las Vegas): the Angkor Dynasty show has come to town. This is an epic multimedia performance that tells the story of Angkor through dance, song and acrobatics, involving tens if not hundreds of Cambodian and Chinese performers. With Chinese choreographers, it is not classical Khmer dance by any means, but it is entertainment.

  • Entertainment in Siem Reap

    NPA Explosive Detection Dogs

    Norwegian People's Aid (NPA) has been training sniffer dogs to assist in landmine clearance in Cambodia and not had a single casualty to date. See these Belgian Malinois thoroughbreds in action as they go through the paces of an assault course for daily exercise and sniff out buried TNT. Some congratulatory petting is allowed at the show's end.

  • Entertainment in Siem Reap

    New Cambodian Artists

    This small contemporary-dance theatre is set in a black box on the east side of the river and has been making a name for itself thanks to the innovative fusion of contemporary dance and classical Apsara dance created by the three young all-female performers. One show a week for now, but look out for updates on the Facebook page.

  • Entertainment in Phnom Penh

    Bophana Centre

    Established by Cambodian-French filmmaker Rithy Panh, this is a free audiovisual resource for filmmakers and researchers. Visitors can explore its archive of old photographs and films, and attend free film screenings on Saturdays at 5pm. There are also regular lectures and photo exhibitions.

  • Entertainment in Phnom Penh

    Chatomuk Theatre

    Check the flyer out front for information on performances at the landmark Chatomuk Theatre, located in the heart of Phnom Penh's popular riverfront. Officially, it has been turned into a government conference centre, but it regularly plays host to cultural performances.

  • Entertainment in Phnom Penh

    Counterspace Theater

    This black box theatre, opened in 2018, runs a regular program of dance, performance, music, poetry, film screenings, talks and more. The resident company, Prumsodun Ok & Natyarasa, performs on Saturday and Sunday nights.

  • Entertainment in Siem Reap

    Apsara Theatre

    The setting for this Cambodian classical-dance show is a striking wooden pavilion finished in the style of a wat. The price includes dinner. It tends to be packed to the rafters with tour groups.

  • Entertainment in Phnom Penh

    Major Cineplex

    The smartest cinema in town, with seven screens, including a business-class-like VIP screen and a 4DX screen for interactive viewing (complete with moving seats and surprise effects).

  • Entertainment in Phnom Penh

    Flicks

    Flicks shows at least three movies a day (more on weekends) in an uber-comfortable, air-conditioned screening room. As a bonus, you can watch all films on one ticket.

  • Entertainment in Phnom Penh

    Sharky's

    An old-school Phnom Penh hangout, long famous for billiards and babes, Sharky’s has done a good job of redirecting its focus towards quality live music. It claims to be Indochina's longest-running rock-and-roll bar.

  • Entertainment in Kampot

    Top Cat Cinema

    Film showings are by appointment on an 8m high-definition screen (for groups of at least six) or on large flat-screen TVs (for smaller groups). Movie lounges have cosy satellite chairs and powerful air-con.