I hope you enjoyed my post on the best places to view the sun rise (travel.allwomenstalk.com), and now it’s time to move on to some of the best places to view sunsets. Aren’t they the same I hear you argue! Photographers would argue vehemently that they are distinctly different. The changes of light as we move from bright sunlight to velvety blackness are of course the direct opposite of the breaking dawn, giving us a wondrous spectacle of nature’s beautiful palette. Here are some of the best places to view sunsets. Enjoy!
U Bein Bridge is the world’s longest teak bridge, stretching out a whopping 1.2km over the Taunthaman Lake in Mandalay in charismatic Myanmar, and is one of the most incredible places to view sunsets in the world. Named after a former mayor, the bridge is something of a national icon, and is a bustling hive of activity during the day with many locals and Buddhist Monks still making use of it. It’s perfect for parking up and watching the magic of another day in Mynamar sink below the horizon.
Paternoster is a stunning old fisherman’s village right in the heart of the West Coast National Park in the Western Cape in South Africa. A hugely popular holiday getaway destination, the whitewashed houses perched pristinely on the beach front make this destination one of the most magnificent to see an African sunset from. In spring time the region is covered with carpets of incredible flowers and people flock from all over the world to experience the intoxicating charm of Paternoster.
Santorini itself is known worldwide for being one of the most picturesque destinations for travelers to experience, and it enjoys the reputation of being one of the most amazing places to watch a sunset. Romantic and picturesque, this little slice of paradise is magnificently situated peering over the breeze ruffled Aegean Sea, and as the sun starts to dip down behind the horizon, the night skies explode into a colour kaleidoscope that will take your breath away.
This charismatic paradise is so far removed from its host country you can scarcely believe you are in India. Goa, a coastal holidaymakers delight, has been welcoming beach and party lovers since the heart of the 60s, when it was most well known as a hippie commune. With some of the most beautiful landscapes, sweeping panoramas and white sandy beaches, Goa is one of the most stunning destinations to view sunsets. This West Indian coastal retreat is popular among locals and tourists alike, who come to experience the beauty of the natural surroundings.
Cambodia is a fascinating and under-explored other-worldly destination. Made famous in the media by Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider movies, Cambodia has started emerging from its shell as a tourist destination. Phnom Bakheng, known as Sunset on the Hill is one of the prime places in Cambodia to get a magnificent view of the sweeping, entirely breathtaking sunset. Phnom Bakheng is a Hindu Temple with origins dating back to the 9th Century and is perched gloriously on the top of a hill. Look down over the incredible views of Angkor Wat, but get there early or you might not get a good spot.
With more than 5700 square miles of sweeping African plains to choose from, you won’t have to jostle for a good spot to experience some of the most breathtaking sunsets in the world. Take a hot air balloon right up over the Serengeti and experience the sunset of a lifetime and the thrill of the African wild. Part of what makes this particular sunset view so incredible is the silhouettes of African animals like the iconic giraffe and elephant, just some of the Big 5. The Serengeti is one of the ultimate places to view sunsets.
One of the most recognised natural icons on the planet, the Grand Canyon in Arizona is one of the best places to see sunsets that are jaw-droppingly spectacular. In fact, the sunsets are so magnificent they are really more of a light show extravaganza, choreographed by Mother Nature herself. The Grand Canyon is a whopping 445 km long and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the US. Those who have been before have likened the sunsets to being something exotic, almost extra-terrestrial.
Uluru and Kata Tjuta is a domed rocky mountain range spanning out 36 km to the western region of Uluru in the Northern Territory in Australia. When the sun sets in the national park, these giant domes almost come to life, as the rocks themselves seems to light up in electric colours of amber and fiery oranges as the sun sets over the desert plains. Uluru actually looks as if it changes colour completely, beaming out as the light dances off the Kata Tjuat in the background.
Venice is well known for being one of the most romantic destinations in the world, but no matter how many photographs you have seen, or how much you think you are ready for it, nothing can quite prepare you for the resplendent scene that awaits as the sun sinks below the horizon. Sunset in Venice has been likened to falling under a spell. With the breeze ruffled waters, the gentle light dancing on the surrounding buildings and the breathtaking display of light and colour that explodes in the night sky, Venice has to be one of the best places to watch a sunset.
Are you a romantic soul who loves to watch the sun rise or set? Where are your favourite places to view a sunset?
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