When you think of Southeast Asia, you imagine a spiritual, mystical and mysterious, exotic land filled with rich culture and beautiful sceneries. But there’s more to the Southeast Asian countries, winding across the seas like a resting dragon, than desirable weather and cheap thrills: this region sets the record for having the most iconic and certainly popular sunset views in the world.
Check out the sunset colours setting atop one of the most well-known remnants of an ancient civilization. Rise from your paddleboard or surfboard for the night, then settle by any point on one of the beaches. High or low, there’s something inspiring at sunset in Southeast Asia.
1. Bali, Indonesia
Some of the beaches in Bali, facing west as they are, glare the setting sun right in the eye. Feel like you’re in the eye of the storm – or sunset – from one of Bali’s famed beaches. The number of tourists and fun activities on site add to the authentic experience of an intense night. Enjoy the setting sun and the sights with a drink from one of the beach bars.
2. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Famous an attraction as Angkor Wat is, Cambodia’s magnificent temple structure is the site of amazingly breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. The latter have no shortage of fans, and lend an eerily beautiful “honey-orange” glow to the entire complex. From here, proceed to Phnom Bakheng or the Terrace of Srah Srang for the best view of the setting sun over the thick canopy of forests below.
3. Mawlamyine, Myanmar
The best spots to view the sunset in Myanmar are atop certain pagodas nestled on hills. Some of these pagodas, like the Kyaik Tan Lan Pagoda and Santawshin Pagoda, are ideal. Take a trip to the tops of the hills to get to the main pagoda area. From there, you can watch the sun set from the “best” vantage point and learn a little culture while you’re at it.
4. Boracay, Philippines
Sunsets in Boracay are among the best in the world. This tropical beach island paradise in the middle section of the Philippines boasts white sands, hotspots, and the most intense sunsets imaginable. The oft-clear nights give us perfect sunsets from practically any point on Boracay beach. Climb to a higher vantage point for a perfectly unobstructed view of the horizon.
5. Phuket, Thailand
Lining the west coast of Phuket are some interesting beaches with picture-perfect sunsets. From a hill or from the shore, the views in this part of the island offer a rich mix of visual variety and full-frontal beauty. Your eyes can glimpse some islands in the horizon, while recent developments in some beaches gave us clearer views of the sunset.
Travellers far and wide flock to Southeast Asia for a unique experience and a great dose of tradition and heritage. One of the things they can share with locals is watching the sun set over the horizon in that part of the world. Pack your bags light and take a refreshing fill for the end the day and the start of another adventure.
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