Entertainment

Top Choice Circus 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. Camb…
Top Choice Puppet Theatre in Mandalay

Mandalay Marionettes

On a tiny stage, colourful marionettes expressively recreate snippets of traditional tales. Occasionally a curtain is lifted so that you can briefly admire the deft hand movements of the puppeteers (one an octogenar…
Top Choice Performing Arts in Masjid India, Kampung Baru & Northern KL

Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre

Part of the Sentul West regeneration project, this modernist performing-arts complex puts on a wide range of progressive theatrical events including dramas, musicals and dance. Also on offer are performing-arts cour…
Top Choice Puppet Theatre 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 last a…
Top Choice Performing Arts in Phnom Penh

Traditional Dance Show

Plae Pakaa is a series of must-see performances put on by Cambodian Living Arts. There are three rotating shows, each lasting about an hour: Children of Bassac showcases traditional dance styles; Passage of Life dep…
Top Choice Dance in Little India & Kampong Glam

Singapore Dance Theatre

This is the HQ of Singapore's premier dance company, which keeps fans swooning with its repertoire of classic ballets and contemporary works, many of which are performed at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. The true …
Top Choice Performing Arts in Masjid India, Kampung Baru & Northern KL

Istana Budaya

Large-scale drama and dance shows are staged here, as well as music performances by the National Symphony Orchestra and National Choir. The building's soaring roof is based on a traditional Malay floral decoration o…
Top Choice Live Music in Bukit Bintang & KLCC

No Black Tie

Blink and you’d miss this small live-music venue, bar and bistro as it’s hidden behind a grove of bamboo. NBT, as it's known to its faithful patrons, is owned by Malaysian concert pianist Evelyn Hii, who has a knack…
Top Choice Cinema in Phnom Penh

Meta House

This German-run cinema screens art-house films, documentaries and shorts from Cambodia and around the world most evenings at 4pm (admission free) and 7pm (admission varies). Films are sometimes followed by Q&As …
Top Choice Dance in Ulu Watu & Around

Kecak Dance

Although the performance obviously caters for tourists, the gorgeous setting at Pura Luhur Ulu Watu in a small amphitheatre in a leafy part of the grounds makes it one of the more evocative on the island. The views …