Looking through the Rough Guides photography archive, one kind of shot stands out again and again: pictures captured at sunrise. Sure, there’s nothing more tempting than sleeping in until noon while you’re on holiday. But if you can bring yourself to brave the odd early morning, you’ll discover a magical world as dawn breaks. From misty views atop Victoria Peak in Hong Kong to dreamy sunrise reflections on Ko Samui in Thailand, these are some of our favourite images.
Dawn breaks over the horizon pool at The Tongsai Bay Hotel, Ko Samui, Thailand
Morning mist on the Mae Hong Son loop, Thailand
An early morning in Hong Kong, as seen from Victoria Peak
Dawn breaks over Monument Valley, Arizona, USA
Sunrise reflections on Naknek Lake in Alaska’s Katmai National Park
Spectacular colours on Playa Lucia at sunrise, Puerto Rico
Chinese fishing nets silhouetted as the sun rises, Kochi, Kerala, India
A peaceful Grand Canyon, as seen from Bright Angel Point, Arizona, USA
Early morning cloudscape over Puerto Viejo, Limon Province, Costa Rica
Sunrise at Kazan Gorge (Cazanele Dunarii) on the Danube River, Romania
Looking out over the water at dawn, Copenhagen, Denmark
A calm start to the day in Mariehamn, Åland, Finland
Gulls circle a life guard post on South Beach, Miami
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