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9 Best Sunset Selfie Spots in Southeast Asia

The definitive collection of picture-perfect spots throughout Southeast Asia to capture a selfie during sunset.

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9 Best Sunset Selfie Spots in Southeast Asia

The definitive collection of picture-perfect spots throughout Southeast Asia to capture a selfie during sunset.

Let’s face it: one of the main reasons we snap photos when we travel is to prove that we were there—and there is no better proof than a selfie. This is our definitive list of the most selfie-friendly, instagrammable locations with glorious sunset views in all of Southeast Asia.

1. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Whether you’re shooting the islets, the floating villages or the otherworldly beauty of its emerald waters, Ha Long Bay is Asia’s ultimate heart-stealer. The Bay of the Descending Dragons already carries an intoxicating and mystical atmosphere but at dusk—with the sun soaking its last rays into the bay—the feeling is intensified 100%. Tip: Stay a night or two aboard a traditional junk boat and capture the sunset up close from the waters for the ultimate selfie!

2. The Helix Bridge, Singapore

The gorgeous Helix Bridge at Marina Bay is a wonderfully intricate structure with a twisting, helix-esque body that—as well as being incredibly photogenic by itself—also affords some wonderful views of the Singapore waterfront.

3. Gunung Rinjani (a volcano within a volcano), Lombok, Indonesia

Whether you decide to trek to the crater rim of the volcano or high up to the summit, seeing the spectacular Rinjani up close is well worth it for anyone with a flair for adventure. From the top, the views are staggering; you’ll see Bali’s volcanoes, the Gili islands, and the natural hot springs inside the crater—all of which looks that much better when under the orange glow of a sunset.

4. Railay Bay, Thailand

The mere suggestion of a sunset in Asia always calls to mind Thailand, and while there are plenty of options for a sun-soaked beach shot, we think West Railay Bay is one of the best. You can only access the bay by boat so be sure to grab a pic or two as you make your way there for the added feeling of adventure. For the best selfie, position yourself so you’ll be framed by the crumbling limestone fingers that rise from the turquoise seas and that are backed by thick jungle and the anchored long boats in the water. All of these become an incredible collection of beautiful silhouettes when the sun turns the last fragments of blue in the sky to seas of burning orange and red.

5. The Rock Bar, Bali, Indonesia

The glamorous Rock Bar sits some 14-metres above the Indian Ocean at the base of the cliffs of AYANA Resort and Spa Bali, making it absolutely perfect for sunset views and exotic selfies!

6. Bagan, Myanmar

The Mongol army once descended upon Myanmar and defeated the Bagan army (in the 1200’s). We’re almost certain that they came for the sunsets over the deeply beautiful Bagan. The thousands of temples that sit scattered across the land make for an incredible backdrop for even the most worldly of adventurers, especially as the sun drops behind the Arakan Mountain range creating layer after layer of faded hills and regal temples. Tip: Ascend to the sky in a hot air balloon and fly over the temples of Bagan for the ultimate selfie in Myanmar.

7. Manila Bay, Phillipines

Manila Bay is undeniably one of the favorite sunset-watching spots in all of the Philippines for locals and travelers alike. Arrive a little before sunset to get a good spot and be sure to capture the moment just before the sun dips out of view on the horizon.

8. Vang Vieng, Laos

Hike up into the hills to the east of Vang Vieng and you’ll be rewarded with a superb view across houses, temples, the Nam Xong River and the Luang Prabang mountain range—which looks its most stunning just as the sun dips behind those jagged limestone peaks.

9. Grand Hyatt, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Image Credit: Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur | Facebook

Image Credit: Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur | Facebook

The Grand Hyatt has taken over from the Petronas Twin Towers’ Skybridge as the best place to view Kuala Lumpur’s iconic skyline. Simply head up to Grand Hyatt’s Sky Lobby Lounge just before sunset and you’ll be rewarded with a 360-degree view of the city, including the incredible Twin Towers themselves.

5 Tips For The Perfect Travel Selfie

1. Use a filter
If you’re unhappy with your look then switch filters. If you’re looking tired then use an extreme filter such as Instagram’s Inkwell or Willow which will help minimise lines and dark circles.

2. Find the perfect light
The right lighting will bring out your features perfectly. Try finding a light source to light your face so when you stand with your back to the sun(set), you can capture both the front and back ends of the scene.

3. Find unique angles
Don’t just stand in front of the waterfall and snap a selfie—get in the waterfall or lay above it. Yes, we’re telling you to get a selfie stick, get in there and shoot!

4. Don’t block the view
That means get your face out of the way! Tilt your head at an angle and stretch your arm far out to ensure you don’t obscure the view behind you! A good rule of thumb is to stick to the rule of thirds if you really must have a close up of your face.

5. Ditch your face
Sometimes your hands (complete with coffee cup) or your feet looking like they’re about to jump into the ocean tell a better selfie story than your face does. So consider mixing up body parts to tell your stories from a different perspective!

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