Sunsets Around the World

It’s true that we could all do with a little bit of sunshine when things aren’t going the way we planned, right? What better time is there to catch the sun at its prettiest than sunset? The great thing about sunsets is that they happen all around the world, every single day! That means that although sunsets are ubiquitous events, none are the same. So without further ado, it’s time to begin our tour of sunsets around the world!

Sunsets Around the World – Africa

Let’s start with Africa. Why Africa? Because it starts with A, which is always a good place to start a tour of sunsets around the world. If you haven’t been to Africa yet, you’re totally missing out. It’s an awesome continent full of beautiful people, cultures and landscapes.

Here’s a city sunset from Cotonou in the West African country of Benin.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Cotonou, Benin

How about a radiant sunset while relaxing on a Felucca floating down the Nile River in Egypt.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. On the Nile in Egypt

Perhaps another river sunset is in order? Back over the on the West coast of Africa, the Gambia River lights up beautifully at dusk.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Gambia River

Let’s stay in West Africa for a bit longer and check out the orange sky of Wli, Ghana at sunset.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Wli, Ghana

Okay, back to the east coast and probably one of Africa’s most well-known countries, Kenya. Here you can see the sunset over ‘The Pride of Africa’.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Nairobi, Kenya

Sunsets on water are awesome, aren’t they? Just like this one on a lake in Monrovia, Liberia.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Monrovia, Liberia

Maybe the little town of Settat, just south of Casablanca in Morocco can do better?
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Settat, Morocco

Our final sunset in Africa is in the port capital of Freetown in West Africa’s Sierra Leone.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Freetown, Sierra Leone

Sunsets of The Americas

Our first Americas sunset comes from the awesome little Latin American country of Nicaragua. Haven’t been yet? Then you need to start planning to visit this hidden gem. Maybe we can whet your appetite with a quick sunset shot of an historic building in Leon.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Leon, Nicaragua

Next, we have a picture of a sunset from one of the world’s most famous North American cities. Do you know which one?
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Chicago, USA

We’ve already established that water sunsets are cool. What if the watercourse is the river that separates the US from Canada and has bits of ice floating in it? Does that make it even better? You be the judge.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Detroit, US from Windsor, Canada.

Next Stop, Asia

Asia is the next stop on our sunsets around the world tour. As the largest continent in the world, you can be guaranteed many chances to capture awesome sunsets. Let’s start in the east with Mongolia.

Sunsets of East Asia

These are the beautiful desert mountains of the Terelj National Park about an hour from Ulaanbatar.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Teralj National Park, Mongolia

Next, to answer the question, “How can we make a sunset better?”. Just add water. This is somewhere on the sea between Japan and Taiwan.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Somewhere Between Japan and Taiwan

Can you guess where we’ll head next? Above the sea of clouds in Taiwan! It only took a two day hike into the mountains near Tai Dong to snap this one. Totally worth it!
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Tai Dong, Taiwan

Now on to China. You don’t often see the sun through the smog of Chinese cities, but when you do, it can be amazing! See how the sunset lights up the buildings in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Shenzhen, China

Check out these amazing dusk scenes right near my home in Hong Kong.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Hong Kong City Sunset K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Hong Kong

I’m not biased at all, but these are obviously the best sunsets in all of Asia. No need to see any more sunsets in Asia, right? Okay, maybe the best in East Asia. So let’s move on to Southeast Asia.

Sunsets in Southeast Asia

Just to warm you up, this is a sunset seen from a train between Mandalay and Yangon in Myanmar.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Between Mandalay and Yangon Myanmar

Not doing it for ya? Well, it’s been a while since we’ve seen a water sunset, so here’s one in Laos.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. River Sunset, Laos

Then another in the Bruneian city of Kuala Belait.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Kuala Belait, Brunei

And yet another in the lion city, Singapore.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Singapore

Are you getting sick of water sunsets yet? Don’t worry, we’ve saved the best for last. (For now). But we think you’ll love this amazing shot of a purple sky over the coast near Kupang in West Timor. It’s the stuff that dreams are made of!
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. West Timor, Indonesia

South Asian Sunsets

On to South Asia and island sunsets. So if you don’t like water sunsets, look away now! For those still with us, we will now reward you with the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo at dusk.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Colombo, Sri Lanka Sunset 1 K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Colombo, Sri Lanka Sunset 2

Then we have this mesmerising sunset from the pier at the tiny island of Himmafushi in the Maldives.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Himmafushi Island, Maldives

Rounding out the South Asian segment of the tour is Dhaka in Bangladesh. An absolutely crazy city that still manages to produce calm and peaceful sunsets.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Dhaka Bangladesh

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Amazing Sunsets of Central Asia

As one of the least travelled regions in the world, Central Asia is a lovely place for quiet reflection with no interruptions. And sunsets like no other. I mean, just look at the amazing colours at Solomon’s Mountain in Kyrgystan’s second biggest city, Osh. I’ll wait.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Solomon's Mountain Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Nothing could beat a pink sky behind a mountain, surely? How about a huge pit of burning gas in the desert of Turkmenistan? Now that’s something you don’t see every day!
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. The Gate to Hell, Darvaza Turkmenistan

Western Asia

We’ll move on to Western Asia now, where there are deserts, but no fire pits. Maybe it’s time to change things up a bit and frame the sunsets a bit differently. Like through the window of a coastal fort.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Muscat, Oman

Or under the arch of a desert camp outside of Dubai.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. The Desert Near Dubai

If you’re religious, you might like the idea of seeing a sunset from the Jesus Trail near Nazareth in Israel.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. The The Jesus Trail Near Nazareth, Israel

Or just thank god that you’re not under the most menacing-looking sun ever in Baalbek, Lebanon.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Baalbek Lebanon

Sunsets Around the World – Europe

Now it’s time to see what the European continent has to offer in the way of sunsets. First up, we have a sunset somewhere north of Oslo in Norway.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Norway

Europe can do better! Wouldn’t you agree? So what do you think about this Latvian sunset in Riga?
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Riga, Latvia

It feels like there’s something missing. What we need is an island sunset from the sleepy Pag Island in Croatia!
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Pag Island, Croatia

When it comes to sunsets in Europe, the medieval towns do it best. Exhibit one: Cesky Kromlov, Czech Republic.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Cesky Kromlov, Czech Republic

Exhibit two: Vilnius, Lithuania.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Neris River, Vilnius

Oceania

Our tour of sunsets around the world concludes in the crystal blue waters of Oceania. Expect to see a whole lot of sunsets with water! We’re going to start with a small island archipelago in Micronesia called Palau. It’s fabulous and this sunset absolutely doesn’t do it justice.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Koror, Palau

Then we’ll pop over to Polynesia and the awe-inspiring Cook Islands. This South Pacific country really is an island paradise.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Next we’ll move to Melanesia where we’ll find a piece of Europe on Grand Terre, the main island of New Caledonia.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Noumea, New Caledonia

Last, but not least, we’ll head to Australia’s Outback to see that the sun really does shine differently in the Land Down Under.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Around the World in Sunsets. Croydon, Australia

Where was the best sunset you ever saw? We’d love to hear all about it! Let us know in the comments.

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68 Replies to “Sunsets Around the World”

  1. I think you are right…medieval towns do it best. The sunset over Lithuania was absolutely stunning. Loved this post!

    1. That Lithuanian one is definitely my favourite in Europe! But I also really like the one in West Timor!

  2. What a gorgeous post! I love watching the sunset. At the moment we’re getting gorgeous sunsets and I try to make an effort to watch them each night.

    1. To be honest, most of my sunset captures have been quite accidental, but bloody amazing none-the-less. Like with the two pictures I included from home, I had literally lost track of time while I was out walking. As soon as I make an effort to see a sunset, something will obscure it, haha.

  3. after sun rise the sunset is the second best time of the day..watching sunset gives much pleasure and relief…loved these they really looks super amazing..especially the sunset from a lake side view is awesome of all….

  4. Beautiful pictures! One of the prettiest sunsets that I’ve ever seen happened when we were climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. We were halfway up the mountain and had the opportunity to watch the sun set over Kenya – it was truly magical!

  5. Wonderful photos! I love sunsets and I have an extra album on my private facebook page just for sunsets.
    We witnesses a wonderful sunset at a sunset river cruise on the Zambezi River near Victoria Falls and I just love the sunsets at our personal paradise, Isla Mujeres.

  6. Sunsets on beaches are my favourite, don’t know how many pictures of sunsets I have. I just love them and somehow they calm me down. For me, sunsets are like therapy.

    1. They are so calming! I honestly don’t think I could count how many I’ve captured over the years. Probably in the thousands!

  7. This is a beautiful compilation ! Like that your included some very close to my home ! My favourite kind is with purple and orange hue ! Very common in Miri, which is 45 minutes drive from Kuala Belait !

  8. We have been very lucky to see some incredible sunsets around the world and it’s great to see all of these too – some from places we haven’t yet been to. I love that every one is unique in some way, but all are just as beautiful. My favorite kind is when the whole sky just lights up all kinds of colours and you just stand there in awe! Such an uplifting post :-)

    1. You never hear people say they’re sick of seeing subsets, right? I love the colours too! Especially the rare purple sky sunsets.

  9. Oh you had us with the one you took on a Felucca on the Nile River!!! We were supposed to cruise down the Nile last April, but of course we had to cancel our trip. We can’t wait to go to Egypt next year, or whenever it’s safe to travel again! And you’re right to add the sunset in HK. The ones we saw from the Victoria Peak were pretty amazing! We also like sunsets in Halong Bay, San Francisco and Paris! :)

    1. Floating on a felucca is great. We passed so many cruises on the way down the river. Egypt is pretty awesome once you get away from Cairo!

  10. Sunsets are by far my favorite time of the day. The most impressive sunset I’ve ever captured was in Montenegro when I was 14. I’m still so proud of this one photo, I just can’t stop sharing it!
    By the way, I see you’ve traveled to many interesting places in Africa. That’s amazing! So far I haven’t been to Africa at all, so I see that I got a lot to catch up with haha!

    1. Definitely the best time of day!
      Africa is a rollercoaster ride. It can be soul-crushing one minute, then absolutely freaking amazing the next.

  11. Sunsets are so magical and romantic. I loved all these sunsets from around the world. Some of the best sunsets that we have experienced have been in Borneo and Mauritius.

  12. What a fun way to go back through your photos and relive memories from around the world. I guess for you looking at these makes you recall the sights and smells of each place as you watched the sun set. :)

    That huge pit of burning gas in the desert of Turkmenistan is pretty amazing. i thought it was a sunset above a volcano for a second!

    1. Actually, my memory is pretty crap and some of these pictures were from nearly 15 years ago! Normally by the time I look back through the photos I’ve forgotten the events almost entirely. I’m so glad I have so many photos! Otherwise most of the stuff I’ve done would just be forgotten.

      Yeah, the gas crater was pretty amazing.

  13. This post brought me so much joy. Not even just the beautiful pictures. I could feel your excitement coming through your words and I smiled the entire time.

    One of my favorite sunsets was somewhere in the middle of the ocean, on a cruise ship, between Argentina and Malvinas. It was incredible!

  14. Beautiful pictures! One of my favorite memories of sunsets in my memory is from the time when I was in Nepal. It was one of the few good things about the trek that I did and fell twice haha.

    1. That’s great. Unfortunately the sunsets I saw in Nepal weren’t that great. But I still had an awesome time trekking and staying in mountain guesthouses.

  15. I am absolutely obsessed with sunsets so this post just made my day! I loved the virtual tour of all these sunsets around the globe. Hopefully I’ll check some of these lesser traveled places off my bucket list one day.

  16. A sunset is a reminder that tomorrow is a chance for a fresh start.
    Breathtaking views!🌞

    “Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under!”
    ― C. JoyBell C.

    H Emma

    1. I think sunset is the best time of day and definitely a reminder that there’s always something good coming.

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