8 Reasons Why I Love Thailand: Thai Sunsets

One of my favorite sunsets at Loh Dalum Bay, Koh Phi Phi Don

I recently posted 8 Reasons Why I Hate Thailand, but to be fair I do love Thailand more than I hate it. So, starting today, I will begin posting the 8 Reasons Why I Love Thailand in an 8 part series. By the time I return home in October, I will have spent 1/3 of my entire round the world trip in this amazing country. I intended my last post to help you learn what to avoid, but I hope this series will show you all the beautiful things Thailand has to offer.

So, to begin this series of 8 Reasons Why I Love Thailand, let’s kick it off with:

1) Thai Sunsets

Thailand has such an amazing geographical backdrop that it is very rare to view a bad sunset. If I recall correctly, the only “bad” sunsets were when it was pouring rain & the sun was not visible at all. Even after the torrential downpour this evening the sun creeped out just in time to “set.”

The colors of Thai sunsets vary to such amazing extremes that through the course of the same sunset, it can seem like a completely different sunset only minutes after it started (as witnessed in the two photos below).

Blue Sunset on the island of Koh Samui, Thailand
Add a few palm trees and even boring sunsets come alive

Sometimes you see something you have never seen before…

I witnessed my first sunset with visible rays on Koh Phangan

Other times, locals going about their daily routines make the sunset even more special.

A fisherman walking home as the sun sets on Koh Phangan

The bright reds, oranges, and blues seem to pop out more here than elsewhere.

Nai Thon beach, Phuket – the backdrop for another amazing sunset
Even Patong beach on Phuket throws up some radiant colors

After watching over fifty sunsets on Koh Phi Phi Don, Thailand, I am never bored. The following sunsets show how diverse it can be from one day to the next.

One of my favorite sunsets at Loh Dalum Bay, Koh Phi Phi Don
A different day, a different color on Koh Phi Phi Don
Even “boring” sunsets look great when framed by mountains
Koh Phi Phi sunsets even look amazing minus the color

When tired of the “same ‘ole” sunsets on Thailand, one only has to change their perspective or vantage point.

Loh Dalum Bay at sunset, but from a different perspective

Playing around with different objects can also be fun.

Even a normal chair can come alive at sunset
Fishing poles can also frame a sunset nicely

Stuck behind a tree? I’m sure you can still find the sunset there somewhere.

Watching the sunset from behind a tree can be fun too

Do you sit in your favorite restaurant night after night? I’m sure you can find a new table with a different window to look out at the sunset in a completely new way.

Sitting inside at sunset? You might still catch a glimpse…

Don’t you hate when you are trying to take the perfect photo & someone gets in the way? Sometimes, people make the picture. Snap away…

People in the way? No cause for concern

Thought you saw the equivalent of a shooting star at sunset? A once in a lifetime sunset? Be patient and you might just see something similar again.

Patience is a virtue… Sun rays appear on Koh Phi Phi also

I have had a lot of time to view sunsets on my trip around the world. However, I think I can safely say that Thailand has been the backdrop of most of my favorite sunsets.

How can you not fall in love with Thailand based upon its’ beautiful sunsets alone?

Stay tuned for part 2 in the series of 8 Reasons Why I Love Thailand: Thai Beaches

18 thoughts on “8 Reasons Why I Love Thailand: Thai Sunsets

  1. I have never seen anything so amazing in my life, I don’t know if its the photographer or mother nature, either way, thank you for sharing this beauty with all of us

  2. Brilliant photographs, Jenneil. If you permit, I may want to use one of them in the websites that I am designing.

    Look forward to hearing from you.

  3. I’m greatly appreciated that you are interested in Thailand because there are still many foreigners confused about Thai society in term of sexual aspect which they tend to only think negatively towards sex tourism in Thailand rather than beautiful culture , smiling people, delicious food and so on . However, as I saw your forum, you are one of the few people who has profound understanding of Thai society.
    Thank you for making my country looks good.

  4. Our country is quite poor.
    Causing social problems.
    But we had a good heart.

    Now problem foreign tourists. Our countries are resolved. There is a taxi.

    But year 2014. Thailand will add build train BTS Around Bangkok.

    And Future to build mass transit all in Thailand.I want you to come back to.

    Wellcome to Thailand. From people Thai.

    1. All countries have their ups and downs (especially the US). I love Thailand and cannot wait to come back and visit my friends and explore more of the North.

  5. Thank you!!, At least you still have something to like about Our Country. Thailand does have two sides like every other country. I think the thing is you went to quite wrong places. From the other article i can see that most of the place you went is for night life people. I lived in Phuket all my life, And i don’t even wan’t to go to Patong Bangla or most of the places you been. It’s like if you want to have a relaxing and quiet holiday, You don’t go to Vegas. If you coming back to Thailand again(Hopefully) i will show you a real holiday you deserve to have. Thank you for writing this article about Thailand. I appreciate that.

    1. Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking time to comment. I look forward to coming back to Thailand very soon. I think I experienced quite a bit of both the touristy areas and the relaxing places. After spending three months in Thailand, I witnessed a good mix of both. When we stayed on Koh Samui and Koh Phangnan we did not stay in the touristy areas at all. And, if you know where to stay on Phi Phi, you can find your own little slice of heaven as I did.

  6. Hello there. Some very creative pictures. I also got some good pictures of sunset from our ferry trip to James Bond island. Please post more things you loved about Thailand. Unfortunately I identified a lot with the things you hated and have a really negative view. I will not be going back there. Thailand is over rated and over sold. Tourism is listed as its main economic driver. But Thais lack hospitality. Land of smiles? Amazing Thailand? I was shocked at the scams, the filth, the snappy and rude waiters, hotel staff, tellers. The friendliest people were not Thai nationals. I found everything is about extracting more money, more elaborate schemes, and shamelessly even conducting scams on temple grounds. So never again. Its been a long time since your first post on why you do love Thailand. I for one and battling to answer that.

  7. Asian tourists primarily visit Thailand for Bangkok and the historical, natural and cultural sights in its vicinity. Western tourists not only visit Bangkok and surroundings but in addition many travel down to the southern beaches and islands. The North is the main region for trekking and adventure travel with its diverse ethnic minority groups and forested mountains.

  8. Hi Jenneil, I come across your blogs both the hate and love of Thailand and I enjoy reading them. Nice work! I’m Thai, and it is a strange place here sometime easy to live sometime difficult to live. Easy to live, eat anywhere anytime, watch good movie in good cinema, beautiful beach, nice hotel, delicious food, international food, shopping, not expensive, and so on. Difficult to live, be conscious, be alert, don’t trust easily, choose where to go at what time, don’t go alone, and so on. Anyway enjoy!

  9. By the way, have never been to Patpong nor full moon. But I guess it was never meant for Thai in the first place and not my interests! :) More and more it has become touristic, the true culture I see is in the heart where people takes care of parents until they die, people share to people in need or abandoned animals, …. People who takes advantage of tourist may have lots of dependent…. Yep it’s unfair sometime…

  10. Wow Jenneil those are some gorgeous pictures!!! You seem to love the beaches, have you been to Philippines yet? You would really love those too for sure.


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