18 Stunning Southeast Asia Sunsets

by Rachel Story
Southeast Asia sunsets

If you follow us on Instagram, it’s no secret that sunset is my favorite color. When we travel, most of my days revolve around when and where the sunset is happening. I’m not the only one, though. Many people flock to the best westward facing locations every day. We’ve even seen people applauding the sunset. “Yay! Good job sun! You did what you do every day!” While it’s easy to laugh, it’s also easy to understand the motivation behind the round of applause; some sunsets are just out of this world! When it comes to sunsets, it’s hard to beat Southeast Asia.

There’s Nothing Like Southeast Asia Sunsets

My favorite time of day.

When traveling in Southeast Asia, you will be treated to many a sunset. It’s a great marketing tool for local businesses offering everything from sunset cruises to horseback riding. On beaches from Bali to the Thai islands, sunset cocktails and live music are a big part of the experience. Be sure and have your camera ready!

We’ve curated 18 of our best Southeast Asia sunset photos for your viewing pleasure. Hopefully, this will inspire you to start planning a trip to our favorite corner of the world!

Which One Is Your Favorite?

Surfers catch the last wave of the day in Canggu, Bali.

Watching the sky change colors on Bohol, Philippines.

This is the view you’ll get from the sunset side of Dondet in the 4,000 Islands, Laos.

This is how we ended our fishing and snorkeling day tour on Ko Rong Island, Cambodia.

Our first Southeast Asia sunset on Ko Phangan, Thailand.

We took a sunset boat tour from our hostel in Kampot, Cambodia.

Sunset is definitely something to look forward to on Otres Beach in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.

Fishing boats dock for the evening on Gili Meno, Indonesia.

Watching the sun go down behind the mountains around Inle Lake, Myanmar.

You can enjoy the sunset from a deserted beach on Ko Tarutao, Thailand.

Beach BBQ’s for $5 always come with a sunset view in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.

The view for sunset cocktails on Ko Tao, Thailand.

Visitors can pull up a stool to watch the sunset from the swim-up bar at Potato Head Beach Club – Seminyak, Bali.

This view is a great way to end your Komodo Dragon adventure in Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia.

Visitors to Angkor Wat can enjoy the sunset from Phnom Bakheng – a mountain temple. Angkor Park, Cambodia.

Climb up the hill to enjoy the sunset in Kuta, Lombok, Indonesia.

Sunset is the most popular time to visit the U Bein Bridge in Amarapura, Myanmar. You can watch the fishermen bring in their last catch of the day.

A surfer calls it a day on Bingin Beach in Bali.

Watching the sun dip below the ocean with a fresh coconut or cold beer in hand just never gets old. Whether you spent the day hiking, exploring temples, or just lounging on the beach, it’s the perfect way to end it and transition into the nightlife.


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htoo aung November 4, 2019 - 7:19 pm

Bagan sunset is a must to see but unfortunately its not in your list.

Rachel Story November 7, 2019 - 8:04 pm

We can add it as an honorable mention! It was really hazy when we were in Bagan so we didn’t great photos of the sunset there. Hopefully next time! Thanks for the comment 🙂

Therie May 1, 2017 - 4:34 am

Ugh I cannot pick a favorite! The sunsets in SE Asia are unlike any other!

Rachel Story May 1, 2017 - 10:33 am

They really are! Even I can’t pick an absolute favorite. Maybe I should have asked for a top 3 list, lol!

Alicia-Joy Pierre April 28, 2017 - 4:58 am

These are absolutely lovely! I love sunsets, too. Amazing to see the sky paint itself anew. My favorite is #2 (Bohol). But they’re all fab, really.

Rachel Story April 28, 2017 - 9:53 am

Thanks, Alicia! Where was your favorite sunset?

Rebecca April 26, 2017 - 5:03 pm

Gorgeous! Those photos blow me away 🙂

Rachel Story April 27, 2017 - 8:55 pm

Thanks! They were pretty spectacular. Where did you see your favorite sunset?


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