Asia is one of the largest continents in the world and has the best beautiful sunsets. From beaches to mountain tops, each location has a unique beauty to it. Below is the list of Best Sunsets in Asia.
Ko Tao Thailand
One of my favourite sunsets in the world has to be when I was backpacking South East Asia and arrived on the island of Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand. Koh Tao can be reached by daily ferries from the mainland harbour of Surat Thani or neighbouring islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. On arrival to the island, getting around is easy by public transport or walking.
Koh Tao is renowned for its beauty and chilled vibe and you certainly feel it walking the narrow streets where you see locals eating with families, backpackers with no shoes on and sand grazing the concrete reminding you that you’re on an island.
The main attraction is definitely the crystal ocean and soft sandy beaches and activities are in abundance here. Koh Tao boasts incredible coral reef and when you visit, you have to go diving or snorkelling to appreciate the underwater haven. There are many high-regarded diving schools on Koh Tao where you can gain your underwater diving qualification or simply learn for the fun of it. I went on a great boat tour where they took us to the reef for snorkelling and to the blissful neighbouring island called Nang Yuan and we had a boat BBQ with local cuisine made for us. It was definitely a highlight of my South East Asia backpacking trip and I remember Koh Tao with fondness.
If you’re looking to wind down after a busy day or just simply relaxing on a beach, Koh Tao is the place to enjoy a quiet evening watching the gorgeous skyline light up in different colours because of the peaceful sunset occurring.
Contributed by:Shireen from The Happy Days Travels
Nara is a beautiful small city that’s famous for its giant Buddha statue and for the deer that roam freely around the large park. Most people visit Nara as a day trip from Kyoto. And while the distance between the two cities is not very far, I highly recommend staying overnight in Nara for at least one night.
There are a couple of advantages to an overnight stay. Firstly, in the early morning, you can enjoy Nara’s attractions in peace and quiet before the hordes of daytrippers arrive. And secondly, you’ll be able to catch the breathtaking sunset from Nigatsu-do, an old wooden temple located on the hillside of Mount Wakakusa.
Technically, Nigatsu-do is a sub-temple of Todai-ji, which is the temple where the famous Great Buddha statue is kept. It sees far fewer tourists than the main hall, though, and while it’s not exactly a secret that this is the best place in town to watch the sunset, you shouldn’t have to jostle for position with too many other tourists.
The wooden platform in front of the temple that serves as the sunset view is a bit similar to the famous Kiyomizu-Dera temple in Kyoto, except that this one is free to enter. Once the sun has gone down, stick around a little while longer to see all the temple lanterns come on. It’s really quite a spectacular sight.
Afterwards, head to Kuppila for some of the best vegan food in Japan. It’s a casual izakaya-style eatery where the only seating is at the bar and you choose from a variety of small dishes, like tapas in Spain.
Contributed by:Wendy The Nomadic Vegan
Osaka in Japan is one of the coolest places I’ve been to. An ancient castle, arcades full of amazing restaurants and cute shops, great connections to amazing neighbouring towns. In short, there are a lot of popular and off the beaten path things you can do in Osaka.
The very first thing I did when I arrived might have been my favourite, which was heading up to the top of the train station and taking in a glorious sunset. It was in the early springtime, the weather was chilly and the air so crisp, that the last rays of the sun turned the entire city in an ocean of orange, reflected in the many glass facades of the city centre.
There are outdoor areas with blooming trees and together with other tourists (mostly from Japan), we appreciated the beautiful moment all together and in silence. The Japanese do appreciate the beauty of nature, especially when surrounded by pink blossoms.
How do you get there? When you arrive at Osaka Station, get into the main hall and head towards the elevators going up to the food courts. (Try the buffet to savour lots of delicious local food all at once. It’s great value and tasty, with great views over the station.)
It’s free to get to the aerial garden at the top. Go to the 11th floor and then take the stairs one floor up. There will be elevator staff to help you get to your desired level in case you feel lost or unsure where to go. If you come during spring or summer, you can take advantage of the growing crops and other plants growing on the ecological garden. This project dates back to 2012 and its first plants were placed by local school children.
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Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is a modern ‘City of Gold’ that sits on the Persian Gulf coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It is accessible by air from most capitals around the world and is a city that caters to the needs of a wide spectrum of locals, residents and foreign tourists.
Regrettably, many travellers flying through Dubai International Airport don’t stay longer than it takes to get to their connecting flight. They miss out on all the exceptional dining, leisure and entertainment that the city has to offer.
The neighbourhoods of Old Dubai have traditional Arabian markets (souks), museums and authentic local and regional foods. New Dubai has unrivalled luxury resorts, pristine beaches, beachfront lifestyle, retail and dining options and once in a lifetime experiences. Popular activities in Dubai include a ride in an abra on Dubai creek, a Desert Safari, Urban Zipline in Dubai Marina or a Dhow dinner cruise.
If you can think of a cuisine that you would love to try, you are almost certain to find it at one of the plethoras of casual or classy restaurants in Dubai. From modern Indian delights at Farzi Café, contemporary Italian at Social by Heinz Beck or fresh and zingy Vietnamese at Vietnamese Foodies, Dubai is your veritable oyster of international cuisines.
My favourite sunset is viewed from the promenade at the Dubai Creek Harbor with a view of Downtown Dubai and Burj Khalifah. This is my happy place, where my soul feels nourished and at peace.
Contributed by:Razena Schroeder from Tantalise My Taste Buds
Sunset at Bagan
The sunsets of Bagan are one of the fondest memories that I have from my trip to Myanmar. The sky would turn all hues of pink and orange as the sun went down the horizon into a sea of nothingness. Dark temple silhouettes would stare away from me and towards the disappearing sun. And in a moment, it would be pitch dark leaving me longing for more.
Bagan is Myanmar’s city of temples. Its dry terrain houses more than 2000 ancient temples all rich in art and culture. You can literally see temples in every direction in Bagan. Some of them have pretty well-preserved frescoes inside them. Apart from pagodas, Bagan is also home to some really great Burmese food and fascinating souvenirs to take back home.
Bagan’s sunsets are beautiful and there is no doubt about it. You can either face the sun or have your back towards it. In the first case, you will see the stunning temple silhouettes. In the second, temple facades will have a surreal glow in the rays of the dying sun. Whatever your choice, watching a sunset is definitely one of the must-do things to include in your Bagan itinerary. Head to one of the accessible pagodas or viewpoints, climb to the top and get ready to be mesmerized.
Contributed By:Soumya from Stories by Soumya
Tel Aviv, Israel
With 14 km of walking paths along the Mediterranean Sea, the Tel Aviv Promenade has countless perfect spots to watch the sunset.
The heart of a bustling metropolitan centre, the Promenade is dotted with hotels, ball courts, pools, international restaurants, playgrounds, and 13 official beaches. There is absolutely something for everyone along the Tel Aviv waterfront – whether you travel there for work, on a romantic getaway, or like us, you visit Tel Aviv with a toddler and a baby.
Tel Aviv has so much to see and do beyond the beautiful scenery. For history, wander through Jaffa old town. For nightlife, try Rothschild Boulevard. For trendy cafes and boutiques, check out the Old Jaffa Rail Station. For a hipster-foodie experience, don’t miss Sarona Market. And of course, plan a day trip to Jerusalem, less than 2 hours away. Every day that we were in Tel Aviv, we were sure to be seaside for sunset. All along the beaches, there are comfortable (and cheap!) lounge chairs and beds for rent, where you can sit with a cocktail and a plate of hummus and take in the scenery. The view never once disappointed. We’ve seen many beautiful Mediterranean sunsets over the years, but few can compare to those we saw in Tel Aviv.
Contributed By:Dani from Diapers in Paradise
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Naharagarh Fort is just a 40-minute tuk-tuk ride out of the city of Jaipur, and the sunset view at the Palace rooftop is perhaps one of the best in all of India.
Unlike us, just ensure you arrive well before the doors shut at 6 pm. We thought we had missed out, but thankfully, a lovely guide took pity on us (or rather, spotted an opportunity for a big tip) and ushered us up the narrow staircases. We had the entire place to ourselves, just as the sun was setting. Magical. I could have stayed there for eternity, but the officious whistles from the guards below were ordering us down. At least we managed to see this incredible view. If only for a moment.
Back out of the Palace doors, it’s then a short 2-minute walk to Sunset Point, where you can watch the last of the sun’s rays disappear behind the compacted rooftops of colourful Jaipur.
Jaipur was one of our favourite cities to explore in India with kids. It’s affectionately known as ‘The Pink City’ due to the colour of the buildings in the old town, and it’s more known for the City Palace and Amber Fort, rather than Naharagarh Fort. This is the capital of Rajasthan, and most travellers combine a visit here with a visit to Delhi and Agra (to see The Taj Mahal).
Contributed By:Jenny Lynn from TraveLynn Family
Gokarna is one of the best beach destinations in India. Although most people head to Goa for some sun and sea, Gokarna is a much more quiet alternative with plenty of things to see and do, including some of the best sunsets around the world.
Imagine yourself in a hammock in front of your beach hut looking at the ocean where the sky turns yellow, red or pink and purple. You will never get tired of Gokarna’s sunsets and during the day there are different things to do in Gokarna.
There are more than 5 beaches in Gokarna. Some so remote that you can only reach them on foot or by boat. All of them are connected through the Gokarna beach trek. A trail over rocky terrain with superb views over the ocean. The more remote the beach, the quieter.
At paradise beach, there is nothing more than sand and palm trees and you are likely to have the place all to yourself. If you like a cocktail with your sunset I can recommend scenic Om beach where the balcony terrace of Namaste cafe offers wonderful views on the sun setting over the ocean. Gokarna itself is a sleepy temple town with several important temples for Hindus and a nice little bazaar. It is south of Goa in the state of Karnataka and is easy to reach by train or night bus from Mumbai, Goa or Bangalore. The best time to visit Gokarna is from October till March when the weather is dry, temperatures pleasant and the sunsets at their best.
Contributed By:Ellis from Backpack Adventures
Sunset View over Jemeluk Bay
Amed, on the East coast of Bali is one of the island’s less popular holiday spots yet still offers a list of unique things to do. Over the years Amed has gained a reputation for being one of Bali’s best diving and snorkelling destinations. We immediately noticed why. All along the 14km coastal stretch, the seabed is littered with corals and all different kinds of marine life thrive in these waters.
During our 5 day trip, we explored loads of beaches, all offering a unique experience. Some had loads of corals while others had a multitude of colourful fish. And if that’s not enough, there is even a Japanese shipwreck just a few metres from the coast. How’s that for diversity? Once all the daily activities came to an end and the sun slowly started to fade away, a chilled vibe settled over the somewhat vibrant streets. Meanwhile, a sunset spot was recommended to us, so we headed over to Jemeluk bay. Beside looking onto the ocean, Jemeluk is the best location to enjoy the amazing sunset. The viewpoint overlooks the underlying black volcanic sand beach. Mountainous landscape in the surroundings make the bay seem enclosed and a not so distant Mount Agung is in the backdrop. Behind the colossal Mount Agung is where the sun disappears. As the sun slowly fades, all that will be left is a silhouette of mountains and a towering volcano. But Amed isn’t only beaches and sunsets. Heading further inland are other great things to add on your list of things to do. Check out Bukit Cinta Pangi and Tirta Gangga water palace. These are both stunning attractions that should be added to any East Bali itinerary.
Although a bit far out from popular places such as Ubud or Kuta, Amed can easily be reached in around 2 hours. A hire car+driver will cost between 300/400 IDR.
Contributed By:Jacqueline from Traveldeck