9 Amazing Sunsets Around Malaysia You Need To See With Your Own Eyes

Nature's beauty at its best!

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The golden hour is a magical time and if you've never seen these amazing sunsets around Malaysia at least once in your life, it's time to put the holiday season to good use

The golden hour refers to that period right after sunrise or before sunset. The low position of the Sun gives the daylight a redder glow, making it an especially popular time for photographers to capture unique nature shots.

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Generally, the morning golden hour is around 6am (East Malaysia) to 7am (West Malaysia) while in the evening, it's mostly between 6pm (East Malaysia) to 7pm (West Malaysia).

1. Cameron Highlands, Pahang

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Imagine travelling through the scenic hillside as you're treated to this unbelievably gorgeous view. For an Instagram-worthy shot, take a drive through the tea plantations and watch as the orange skies blend into the beautiful greens.

How to get there:
If you're heading to the Sg Palas Tea Plantation, take Route 59 heading towards Jalan Bandar. Once you pass by Raju's Hill Strawberry Farm, standby to turn left at the Sg Palas Tea Plantation signboard.

2. Klebang sand dunes, Melaka

Despite not being built to be a tourist spot; the sloping hills of sand receive a steady stream of visitors and is particularly popular for its breath-taking views. This unintentional attraction, the result of a land reclamation project in Klebang, takes on an otherworldly look as the sun sets, being likened to Malaysia's version of Mars.

How to get there:
Turn into Pantai Klebang and drive on until you reach the end of the paved road. If you're not driving a four-wheeler, it's best to park your car at this point. The "desert" area is about a 30-minute walk away.

3. Tadom Hill, Selangor

After a whole day of Tarzan-swinging and platform-jumping and bamboo rice-eating, take a breather and watch as the golden sun disappears beyond the horizon. Tip: Ask the Tadom team if you can go up the treehouse, the view is phenomenal from up there!

How to get there:
On the Labohan Dagang-Nilai highway heading west, look out for the Kolej MARA Banting signboard on your left. You'll see the Tadom Hill Resort sign on the left shortly after. Turn left onto the unpaved road, turn left again and drive straight until you reach the car parking area.

4. AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort, Selangor

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This is the ultimate spot for some dolce far niente - the sweet pleasure of doing nothing. Set up camp in one of the Instagram-worthy cabanas, have your Strongbow Apple Ciders on-hand (with lots of ice recommended!) and soak up the mesmerising views of the glimmering sea.

How to get there:
Head towards Nilai on the North-South Highway, and take Exit 215 - Nilai. Take Route 5 and head towards Bagan Lalang, the resort is about a 45-minute drive away.

5. Bukit Mertajam, Penang

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Taken from a hilltop at the Vivekavana Solitude Grove monastery, this sunset shot shows the softer side of dusk, with shades of peach and beige washing over the iconic Penang Bridge.

How to get there:
Located on mainland Penang, head towards Tingkat Berapit of Taman Pearl, Bukit Mertajam. Walk up the hill to score the best snaps!

6. Mount Kinabalu, Sabah

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Sunsets don't get any more majestic than from the highest peak in Malaysia. The breathtaking mix of gold, orange and yellow painting the sky is the ultimate reward for conquering this Bornean wonder.

The most popular spot to catch the sunset is at Laban Rata, the mid-way resting point for climbers. Watch as the sun sets above the cottony clouds, 3000 metres above sea level.

How to get there:
You can take one of the minivan shuttles from Kota Kinabalu city centre or the bus from Kota Kinabalu North Bus Terminal. The journey to Kinabalu Park entrance takes about 1.5 to 2 hours.

7. Heli Lounge Bar, KL

If you're looking for something different on your nights out with the gang, check out Heli Lounge Bar. This picturesque spot is a bar, helipad and observation deck all rolled into one, offering an unobstructed 360-degree view of the city skyline.

How to get there:
Head to Menara KH on Jalan Sultan Ismail and head up to the 37th floor.

8. Sarawak River, Sarawak

Cruising the river at sunset while the dark clouds are rolling in is about as dramatic as it gets! Check out the Sarawak River Cruise at sunset to get amazing views along the river. Head up to the Sky Deck to witness this natural wonder in all its beautiful glory.

How to get there:
To get on the Sarawak River Cruise, look out for the terminal at Kuching Waterfront.

9. Yan, Kedah

Take a bike ride along the lush green paddy fields that seem to go on forever; stay until dusk and you'll be treated to a spectacular view of the fields against the fiery sky. For the best paddy field views, head to Kampung Kuala Dulang Kecil.

How to get there:
Yan is about a 45-minute drive away from Alor Setar. Take the Darul Aman Highway heading towards Yan Besar.

Isn't the golden hour awesome?

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Bring on the sunsets!

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