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Best sunrises to stay up all night for in Asia

Published April 23rd, 2019

The epic colours. The freshness of a new day. All those giddy feels... Sunrise is a moment in time where everything feels like pure magic. And when you’re travelling, it’s the best way to take in the already-epic sights. Thankfully, Asia is full of them and there’s a stack of picture-perfect sunrises just waiting to be adored.

Cambodia - Angkor Wat sunrise

The sprawling ancient Khmer city of Angkor Wat astounds in the brightness of day. But in those first rays of a new morning, the magic is at its most potent. What starts as three iconic towers silhouetted against a colourful canvas transforms into a full reveal of these ancient ruins, ready to explore. The best part? There’s no uphill climb and no crazy early start. It’s a quick and easy tuk tuk ride to the gates. But be warned: the Angor Wat sunrise is no secret, so you won’t be the only one.

India - Taj Mahal sunrise

Rosy dawn skies glowing around the Taj Mahal, as it flushes in soft golden tones, makes this monument all the more irresistible. After all, it represents one of the greatest true love stories ever told.

Sunrise is by far the best time to visit - before the heat, and far from the haziness of Agra sunsets. Hitch a taxi to the front entrance gates in minutes. Then sit back, relax, and take in this 17th century marbled icon in its full glory.

Bali - Mount Batur sunrise

Up for a sunrise trek? Leave the beaches behind and venture into Bali’s leafy enclaves. It’s an easy one- to two-hour clamber up Mount Batur, the island’s highest peak. Why bother? The reward is a once-blackened sky now dancing in blues, pinks and orange before going famously bright blue as day sets in. Peer out and spot towering Mt Agung on the horizon. But don’t leave before exploring the volcano’s crater in search of recent lava flows. Natural, peaceful and beautiful just about sums up a Mount Batur sunrise.

Malaysia - Mount Kinabalu sunrise

At 4,095m high in the sky, Malaysia’s highest mountain promises a wow-worthy morning wake-up call. Sure, it’s jagged looking with its soaring peaks covered in lush, green forest. But taking on the summit for a Mount Kinabalu sunrise is totally doable. Just not for the faint hearted.

It’s a multi-day kind of affair, with a four-hour hike in the dark on the final day to get the goods: whimsical colours on the sky and views for miles, high above the clouds. If you’re not sure, join a tour - we can hook you up.

Indonesia - Mount Bromo sunrise

A Mount Bromo sunrise is another gem to tick off in Indonesia, near Yogyakarta. It’s otherworldly landscape and unforgettable scenery makes it the key attraction in the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park - even though two other volcanoes are bigger.

A very early start and a slightly difficult climb later, you’ll be standing at the sunrise viewpoint as the volcanoes turn every colour under the rainbow. Our top tip? Take the villager’s trail to avoid paying the usual entrance fee. Also - it can be super cold in the wee hours. But we’ve been told a little old lady is often there dishing up up tea, coffee, chocolate and instant noodles for the win.


Tijana Jaksic

After some hardcore scrimping and saving, Tijana’s first backpacking trip confirmed she was onto something good. She hasn’t stopped since. Fave memories to date include dancing with locals in the streets of Havana, bartering for too many scarves in the markets of India, getting lost in the bustle of Hong Kong, sipping cocktails in the Greek Islands and jumping off waterfalls in Croatia. Now she gets to write about travel for a living – the best way to satiate the wanderlust between adventures.