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Thursday, 18th August 2016

Top 10 Burma sunset spots

The scenery of Burma is stunning at any time of the day, but never quite as spectacular as at sunset. Nothing compares to sitting back at the end of a long day of sightseeing and watching the sun disappear below the horizon in a gorgeous setting. Here are the best spots in Burma to do just that.


An iconic image of Burma is that of the stupas of Bagan silhouetted against the setting sun. After a ban on climbing the temples by the government was put in place earlier this year, it has been amended and there are now five designated temples that can be ascended to get a good vantage point for watching the sunset.

U Bein Bridge

The longest teak bridge in the world makes for another fantastic landmark to have in the front of your sunset pictures. To get the best photos of U Bein Bridge at sunset, you want to be a little distance away from it, so hiring a boat is your best bet.

Inle Lake

Traditional leg rowers are out at sunset catching their fish on Inle Lake, providing additional interest to sunset scenes with their distinctive conical nets. Use a boat to get great snaps of them in the foreground, with the landscape and the sky making the perfect backdrop.

Ngapali Beach

Enjoy the sounds of the sea and the soft sand beneath your feet as you stroll along the shore hand in hand at Ngapali Beach. As the sun disappears, the palm trees become perfect silhouettes and it’s time to go and grab a drink at a beachside bar.

Shwedagon Pagoda

As the light fades behind Yangon’s most famous landmark, lights come on to illuminate all the stupas and structures of the Shwedagon Pagoda. Try and get a little distance from it in order to see this sacred site in its entirety with all the colours of the sky behind.

Kyaiktiyo or Golden Rock Pagoda

Being located on a hill, the Golden Rock Pagoda is a great place to watch the sunset, but the precariously balanced boulder adds an extra dimension. The last rays of light for the day are caught in its gold leaf surface, keeping it glowing right up to the final minute.

Ngwe Saung Beach

Set yourself up near the two rocks with tiny pagodas perched atop each one well before sunset. From here, in the place that translates as silver beach, you’ll have a fantastic view of the sea and sky behind these little shrines.

The hills of Mawlamyine

For those who like to get a little off the beaten track and enjoy a good hike, Mawlamyine is the perfect destination. And it doesn’t disappoint in the sunset department either, with views from the hills offering the perfect reward for all that trekking.

Hsinbuyume Paya

Somewhat reminiscent of a wedding cake, Hsinbuyume Paya is a stunning piece of crisp, white architecture, which contrasts perfectly with the colours in the sky at the end of the day. Crowned with a fine stupa, it makes a pretty picture and is a tranquil place to pass the evening.

Irrawaddy River

To really do the Burmese sunset justice, take a cruise along the country’s main waterway, the Irrawaddy and see the sky from many different angles. There are plenty of places to embark from, so this type of boat journey is easily added to any itinerary.