THE BUCKET LIST: Catch the Sunrise from Across the Globe

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day,
and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many
of them.” ― Jo Walton

The award-winning Welsh-Canadian writer and poet has a point: Every missed sunrise is a wasted opportunity to marvel at nature’s magnificence. However, for most of us, it’s impossible to catch the sunrise every day. And that’s exactly why you should make an effort to do it when you’re travelling.

Whether you want to push your limits to hike up the peak or drive to the vantage point is up to you. All that matters is that you’re there when the nature’s gold light bleeds into the sky.

Here are our top 5 sunrise tours, available at Changi Recommends

#1 Mt Batur Volcano Sunrise Trek, Indonesia

Kintamani 💚🌋

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The most famous peak in Bali, Mt Batur is very popular among tourists. Standing at 1, 717m tall, the volcano is considered a sacred mountain among the locals, and is located in the Kintamani region.

The eruption that formed Mt Batur gave it a caldera (a collapsed top), which is home to several local villages. The view at the summit overlooks the Batur Lake.

Tip: You’ll need to begin trekking at 2am to catch the 6.30am sunrise. As you ascend, temperatures will drop, so prepare warm clothing!

Find out more here.

#2 Mui Ne Sunrise Day Tour, Vietnam

Sin ciao, Mui Ne.

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If you’re an avid adventurer seeking a off-the-beaten-track experience, this is for you. Instead of a peak or coast, this tour kick-starts by driving you across the vast red and white sand dunes of Mui Ne, Vietnam, in a jeep to enjoy the sunrise.

The itinerary doesn’t stop there: After catching the sunrise, feast on seafood at the nearby fishing village and visit the famous Fairy Stream.

Tip: Ditch the flip flops, come in sneakers. Once the sun rises, the sands will quickly get hot!

Find out more here.


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#3 Hehuanshan Half-day Tour (with Sunrise Viewing), Taiwan

At 3, 275m high, the view atop Hehuanshan is famous for having cotton candy clouds and surrounding snow-capped peaks in winter. It sits within the beautiful Taroko Gorge National Park.

Although this mountain has hiking trails for the fitness buffs, this tour takes a different approach, driving you past the nearby peaks (Meifeng, Cuifeng, Yuanfeng, Kunyang, and Wuling) before reaching Hehuanshan.

Tip: Make sure you’re armed with a good windbreaker―the winds are chilly all year round.

Find out more here.

#4 Lantau Peak Sunrise Climb, Hong Kong

This one’s for the more experienced hikers: The climb up Lantau Peak, Hong Kong’s second highest summit, is considered mid- to high-difficulty. That said, the route is incredibly scenic. It’ll probably be too dark for you catch much while you ascend, but make sure you don’t miss the iconic Lantau Tian Tan Buddha on your way down.

Tip: This is a two-hour hike, and if the skies are clear, you’ll be able to see Macau (65km west).  

Find out more here.

#5 Uluru Sunrise Tour (from Ayers Rock Resort), Australia

Uluru. Enough said. @ausoutbacknt @matadornetwork

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We’ve saved the best for last: Although Australia is further away, this breathtaking sunrise view is one of the best in the world. The Ayers Rock (Uluru) is a massive sandstone monolith that’s 348m high (863m above sea level) with a whopping 9.4m circumference.

What’s so special about a giant rock you ask? Well, this particular UNESCO World Heritage site monument actually changes colours throughout the day, glowing a brilliant red during dawn and dusk.

Find out more here.

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