Despite the punishing schedule of 5 historic sites in one day, we were all ready to go to the Khmer dancing show and dinner at the Apsara Theatre. It was included in our tour, so we thought we might as well go. We had the best seats in the front row of the balcony. The dinner menu was interesting! Shrimp chips (prawn crackers) with yellow curry, lemon marinade fish salad, Khmer soup with lemongrass, Saraman beef with coconut milk and Kompong Chan cashew nuts, sautéed prawns with green peppers and caramelised pumpkin with coconut cream, fruit salad and ice cream. Let's just say it didn't suit everyone! The prawn crackers were good, soup okay and the sauce of the beef was strangely sweet.
The dancing was spirited and the costumes very ornate and colourful. Each dance had a story which was acted out and fortunately the programme explained each one or we would have been totally clueless. There were five dances performed by a troupe of about 20 dancers. An apsaras ballet, the dance of the fishermen, mekhala dance, the coconut dance and the legend of the remakes. The coconut dance was particularly loud with lots of shouting and crashing coconut shells together. My attention kept returning to the dancers feet and the way they curled their toes as they danced. So flexible.
It was a pleasant enough evening but we were glad we hadn't paid extra to see it!