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In this Part 2, David Bowden lists five places in Malaysia to view the sunset. A SUNSET is reward for having done the work and now it's time to sit down, reflect, to hydrate oneself with your beverage of choice, order nibbles, gather with friends and mutually agree that this really is living. This all culminates with the sun receding below the horizon after the obligatory photos and perhaps another chilled beverage. Here are five places in Malaysia where the sun goes down with brilliant colour displays.
BATU FERRINGHI, PENANG
While I've mixed feelings about swimming in the waters off Batu Ferringhi, I think it does good sunset. All the beachfront resorts are well positioned to capitalise on the sunset that sinks into the Teluk Bahang horizon. A great location is Gustoso by the Beach at the Parkroyal Penang Resort. The setting is casual and I'm almost sure you could arrive barefooted as the tables are on the grass/sand interface. The action begins at 6pm which is perfect for a pre-dinner drink while contemplating the menu and admiring the day's last para-sailing activity. The culinary direction for this alfresco restaurant is Italian with a four-course set dinner for two being popular.
BON TON RESORT, LANGKAWI
One of my favourite places to relax, especially when there's a sunset involved, is Bon Ton Resort, a Malay-styled village with several heritage houses that were sourced, knocked down and reassembled along a coconut-lined seafront at Pantai Cenang's northern end. The restaurant is open-sided, facing west so sunset views are guaranteed for early diners. The optimal approach for admiring the afternoon display is to arrive at 5pm and occupy an outside table between the pool and the waterfront that morphs into an environmentally-significant wetland. Mezze plates are served from 5pm to 7pm and include offerings like crispy fish with lemon harissa aioli, prawn cakes and lobster satay. The mocktail and cocktail selection is taken seriously and by the time the sun has receded into the Andaman Sea you really won't want to eat elsewhere. Don't even harbour such an idea, especially when the seared beef fillet with mashed potato, mustard and balsamic sauce awaits. Well beyond sunset, you have to stick around for Malaysia's most tempting desserts.
DAMAI BEACH, SARAWAK
Sometimes, you stumble across a sunset and feel richly rewarded for your fortuitous presence. Damai, one hour from Kuching, is a pleasant coastline and the best beachfront near Kuching. The Damai Beach Resort has the prime position and its pool is a refreshing place to cool off after exploring the adjoining Sarawak Cultural Village. While the resort has a bar with sunset views, it's indoors and hardly conducive for sunset admiration. I've sat by the pool on many occasions and drawn up plans on the back of coasters for a simple outdoor bar/restaurant should the management want to employ me as their consultant.
I've taken the liberty of proposing the working title, 'Sunset Bar' as it's hard to avoid the colourful display over the South China that appears on most evenings. On one such occasion, I captured the ominous sight of dark grey clouds punctuated by a blistering red sky.
FRASER'S HILL, PAHANG
When last in Fraser's Hill I wasn't expecting a dramatic sunset. Being conscious of a photo opportunity, I asked the locals about such a place and received blank looks as if I was asking for an explanation on the meaning of life. Thinking about it, I hadn't seen anything resembling a lookout so I resigned myself to just bumbling around in the hope that the sun would make an appearance somewhere. To save you the embarrassment of aimlessly searching the hills; head along Jalan High Pines just beyond the Jalan Semantan intersection. There's a structure called Fraser's Hill Tower on the right hand side of the road (and not surprisingly, facing west) which I suspect was installed for admiring the sunset. However, they got it wrong; venture a little further up the road between 6pm to 7pm and, with the help of a tripod, photograph the sun setting across the rolling hills.
KUALA SELANGOR, SELANGOR
A late afternoon at a Kuala Selangor restaurant on Sungai Selangor is a perfect way to admire the river's beauty and fishing activity. The best views are from Taman Sri Penambang located across the bridge on the river's eastern side. Several restaurants including the creatively named River View plus Kinnaree Thai and Yang Ming offer sunset views. There are shops selling fresh and dried seafood.