I received a few emails already asking where to watch a traditional Khmer dance performance in Siem Reap. Well, there are various venues for different budgets. But by far, my favorite would be at the Koulen Restaurant, along Sivatha Blvd. It’s right across Lucky Supermarket and just a short tuk tuk ride or walk from Pub Street/Old Market area.
It’s a great value place, since you pay for a dinner buffet ($12 for adults, $6 for kids) and at 7 pm or so, they have a show of several Khmer traditional dances. Some family and friends whom I have brought there liked it, mainly coz its budget friendly, and the show is entertaining and very colorful. It’s also not too long, just enough length to be enjoyable. The show is not the best around but its good enough if what you’re after is a nice overview of what Khmer dances are..
It’s always wise to book ahead to get good tables since the place usually is jam packed. You can easily as your guesthouse/hotel to make an advance booking for you. It’s also much better to arrive around 6:30-7 pm since the food tends to run out and you have to queue to get what you want.
More photos on this post: Ethereal Apsara Dancers