Several restaurants and hotels offer cultural performances during the evening, and for many visitors such shows offer the only opportunity to see Cambodian classical dance. While they may be tourist traps and nowhere near as sophisticated as a performance of the Royal Ballet in Phnom Penh, to the untrained eye it is nonetheless graceful and alluring. All prices include a buffet meal.
The most atmospheric show is at Apsara Theatre at Angkor Village, as the setting is a striking wooden pavilion finished in the style of a wat. Grand Hotel d’Angkor has an attractive performance house on the banks of Stung Siem Reap, opposite the hotel, admission is US$22.
Tonlé Sap Restaurant
Tel: 963388 – Add: NH6 west – show US$12 – Open: 7.30pm
Tonlé Sap Restaurant offers a large, impersonal show that pulls in the big tour groups who chow down on Khmer and Sukiyaki, as well as Malay, Japanese and European dishes.
There is also a weekly performance of shadow puppetry at La Noria Guesthouse (opposite).
Better known as Dr Beat Richner, performs original and Bach cello compositions on Saturday at 7.15pm at Jayavarman VII Children’s Hospital. Entry is free, but donations are welcome as they will help the hospital in its mission to give free medical treatment to Siem Reap’s children.