Southeast Asia entertainment

Top Choice Circus 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 …
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 Dance 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 comed…
Top Choice Puppet 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 pupp…
Top Choice Dance 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; from …
Top Choice Dance 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 served …
Top Choice Spectator 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 who…
Top Choice Performing 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 National M…
Top Choice Theatre 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 wa…
Top Choice Puppetry 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 …