Phare Ponleu Selpak (Battambang Circus)
A feast for your eyes, heart and soul, the performances at Phare Ponleu Selpak will surely make a lasting impression.
The circus shows at Phare Ponleu Selpak is definitely one of the highly recommended things to do when you are in Battambang. The show starts with a 10-minute traditional Cambodian performance and after that, the circus continues with a well-choreographed act that reflects the different aspects of Cambodian culture. The show is filled with music, acrobatics and creative ways to tell you unique Cambodian stories that you will never forget.
Phare Ponleu Selpak is located in Anh Chanh Village, Ochar Commune, Battambang. It takes about a 10-minute drive to get there from Battambang town.
Opening Days and Hours
The doors at Phare Ponleu Selpak opens at 18:00 but the show usually starts at 19:00. Circus shows are available two to four nights a week depending on the season. You can also visit the school and tours are available in four sessions during weekdays, starting at: 08:30, 09:30, 14:30, and 15:30.
Entry Fee and Bookings
The entry fee to the Phare Ponleu Selpak is USD 14 for adults and USD 7 for children. You can grab your tickets at the ticketing counter, certain vendors in town, or reserve them online at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Get There
Many visitors come to Phare Ponleu Selpak on foot, taxi or tuk-tuk. Others join afternoon group tours which include tickets to the circus and transportation too.
Most visitors to Phare Ponleu Selpak are made up of small groups of friends, seniors, families with kids, and backpackers.
Time to Spend
The show typically lasts for about 2.5 hours.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Phare Ponleu Selpak is very popular among visitors to Battambang. Any nights with an available circus show is always a good time to go!
You can check the schedule for the next show at https://phareps.org/events/
Light snacks and drinks are available for purchase from the bar before the show. Be sure to fill your stomach with dinner so that it does not growl in the middle of the show!
Safety and Fraud
Beware of people touting for businesses trying to convince you to purchase tickets from them at a much higher price!
The museum is within walking distance to the Silver Pagoda (5 minutes) and Royal Palace of Phnom Penh (10 minutes). You may also be interested to go for the river cruise along Sisowath Quay which is about 15 minutes away by tuk-tuk.
You have a wide choice of accommodation options with mostly budget guesthouses at Battambang city.
Good to Know
Although it is possible to buy tickets on the spot, it is best to reserve your tickets earlier to ensure that you can enjoy the show, especially on seasons with only two shows a week.