Thailand, rightly known as the “Land of Smiles,” is a soulful place to visit with authentic culture and various tourist hotspots all year round. However, January is the appropriate month to visit Thailand because of the pleasant weather, not scorching hot or snowy cold. Experience the New Year’s Eve festivities like no other. If you want to escape the cold, snowy weather in your country, then Thailand is the best place to visit to enjoy mildly cool weather. The temperature usually ranges from 22°C to 32°C. It is a great profit time for hotels and the tourism industry. Even the transportation tickets are costly, so it is advisable to book the tickets in advance. Although the weather during the day is cool and soothing, the temperatures may get colder at night, so packing a sweater is recommended. Following is the list of places most suitable to visit in January.
List of Places to Visit in January
1. Island hopping
The Andaman coast (Thailand’s west coast) looks serene in January, with clear blue skies and the magnificent sea beneath it. You can book a stay at one of the luxurious beach resorts and enjoy the amazing view.
Similarly, the Gulf of Thailand (eastern coast) is spotted with tourists, and the beaches and breezy weather are major attractions. You can peacefully sunbathe and participate in thrilling activities such as scuba diving, kayaking, and snorkeling. It may slightly rain for a few days at the start of the month, though by the end you won’t experience any rainfall.
The Surin Beach Party, if you are visiting Bangkok during the New Year, with live music, exotic barbeque dishes, and drinks, is sure to gear up the fun.
2. Bangkok: The Busy Capital
The daily temperatures in Bangkok during January rarely exceed 30°C (86°F), making it bearable to explore the city during the day. Various temples like Wat Pho, Wat Arun, and the Grand Palace adorn the city. You can explore the city on foot, cycle, or just grab a segway. The city lights up on New Year’s Eve like no other, and you will find it amazing to join in the festivities and admire the fireworks. The street party during the New Year flourishes with energy and showcases live concerts, light shows, and numerous food stalls. Chinatown in Bangkok is a must-visit if you want to relish some lip-smacking food and shop at the Night Bazaar.
3. Chiang Mai: The Cultural Hub
The daily temperatures range between 14 and 29°C here, making it apt for touring the city during the day. The Old city has ancient ruins like Wat Phra Chedi, Wat Phra Singh, and Doi Inthanon Mountain Temple, so if you want to know the culture of Thailand, then this place is a must. The Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, Tiger Kingdom, and Bai Orchid and Butterfly Farm are great for exploring the flora and fauna. During the New Year, you can enjoy the free river-side concerts and soak up the music. This is the perfect time to explore the greenery and hiking in the mountains. The Bo Sang Umbrella Festival is also celebrated during this time when the craftsmen make these colorful Bo Sang umbrellas with beautiful designs. It is an amazing opportunity for art enthusiasts to witness and learn this art form.
4. Chiang Rai: The Golden Triangle
The confluence of Thailand, Burma, and Laos borders and the meeting of the Mekong and Ruak rivers form the Golden Triangle. The daily temperatures do not exceed 28 °C, so the skies are clear with no fog, and thus the confluence is fairly visible. Temples like Wat Rong Khun (the White Temple) and Baan Daam Museum (the Black Temple) are cultural viewpoints.
Since the weather is not frosty cold at night, you can visit the night markets for a satisfying shopping experience. Taking a dip in the Mae Ka Chan hot springs during the night will make you relax after the daily sightseeing.
Therefore, a trip to Thailand in January remains a memorable event. You will surely enjoy the beautiful weather, thrilling festivals, and endless activities during your travel stay. Yes, the place caters to all, from thrill seekers to cultural and religious explorers to people who like sunbathing on pure, sandy beaches. Do not hesitate to visit as you enjoy the warmth of Thailand.