Ethereal Apsara Dancers in Siem Reap

All Around Cambodia, Cambodian Culture, Siem Reap / Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

I was just browsing some emails from some readers and two of them were asking me about Siem Reap. And I realized that its quite obvious that I don’t have the Siem Reap bias here in my blog. It’s not that I don’t love the place, I guess it just ceased to be a novelty for me. Yes, its beautiful, Angkor is amazing but since I’m living here I must admit to, now taking it for granted.

But I realized that a whole lot of people who visit my blog are people who are interested in visiting Siem Reap and Angkor Wat so that’s one reason why they are asking me about Siem Reap. I’ve been there a couple of times myself, since my in-laws are Khmer and they make their ‘pilgrimage’ there at least twice a year so usually I don’t post a lot of this trips anymore nor do I post photos of the trip anymore. Sometimes I think its a topic too trodden already that I’m more interested in staring at my smartphone¬†than blabbing about trips to Siem Reap.¬†I know that’s being short sighted of me. But I’m well awake now ha! and plan to rectify that oversight.

On our last visit there, I took tons of photos and I’ll be sharing that here bit by bit. I’m just a really lazy photo editor and uploader so please bear with my lazy whims.

Khmer Apsara Dancers - Koulen Restaurant Siem Reap

Cambodian Apsara Dancers - Koulen II Restaurant Siem Reap

Let’s start off with these gorgeous Apsara dancers. If your visiting Cambodia, you must watch at least one Apsara performance. It’s quintessentially Khmer and I love watching them coz they are uber graceful (which I long to be) and they have some really really fabulous costumes. In Siem Reap there are a lot of performance venues and you will actually be spoiled for choices. One of the cheapest and easiest places to watch these performances would be the Koulen II Restaurant along Sivatha Blvd. They have buffet dinner and a short performance of traditional Khmer dances. Dinner and the show cost just about $12 pax.

Here’s some photos of the show finale..

Khmer Apsara Dancers - Koulen Restaurant Siem Reap

Khmer Apsara Dancers - Koulen Restaurant

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