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1. Thailand is one of the best places to visit in Asia in January.

Northern Thailand welcomes you with crisp, dry weather, creating perfect conditions for outdoor adventures. Explore the enchanting Golden Triangle region on foot, or opt for a refreshing cycling journey through the serene countryside of Chiang Mai, where temperatures hover between 20-24°C. Don’t forget to pack a light jumper for the slightly cooler evenings in February. Meanwhile, bustling Bangkok offers a warmer climate, with temperatures reaching the high 20s°C throughout the month, thanks to its lower altitude. Venturing into Khao Sok National Park in January promises an immersive rainforest experience and the chance to encounter native Asian elephants. While it’s one of the driest months, the rainforest’s unpredictable nature may surprise you with occasional showers. Down south, both west and east coast beaches offer similar conditions, with rare rainfall on the west and intermittent showers on the east. Enjoy a refreshing breeze that moderates temperatures (26-29°C) and makes beach days all the more delightful. And if you’re a diving enthusiast, January’s dry weather and warm sea temperatures make it the perfect time to explore the underwater wonders off the west coast around Phuket, Khao Lak & Krabi.

Chiang Mai

2. Cambodia

As the new year dawns, sunshine graces most of Southeast Asia, drawing travelers from all around. Some areas can get pretty crowded during this time. However, if you’re on the lookout for a more off-the-beaten-path adventure, consider exploring Cambodia, a hidden gem often overlooked by many. January in Cambodia brings comfortable temperatures, making it the perfect time to embark on your journey. You can explore the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat, soak up the vibrant energy of Phnom Penh, and wander through the leafy boulevards of Battambang. But what makes Cambodia truly special in January is the weather. It’s the driest and sunniest month of the year, creating an ideal setting for a bit of relaxation. Picture yourself lounging on a pristine, secluded beach on the Koh Kong Archipelago and savoring delicious coastal cuisine in Kep’s charming cafes. It’s a tranquil escape that’s often missed by the crowds.

Siem Reap

3. India

After the festive excitement of Christmas, January offers a more peaceful time to explore India. It’s a month of fewer tourists compared to the bustling crowds that arrive in February and March. In the early mornings and evenings, don’t forget to layer up as it can get quite chilly. However, as the dawn mist clears, you’ll be greeted by clear blue skies, making it all worthwhile. This cooler weather is perfect for discovering the enchanting desert cities of Rajasthan, witnessing the Taj Mahal in all its morning glory as the sun rises in Agra, and indulging in shopping sprees at Jaipur’s charming artisan markets, all without the sweltering summer heat. If you’re considering a different flavor of India, we also recommend exploring the southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Here, you’ll find sunny and warm beaches, serene backwaters, and picturesque colonial hill stations, making for a delightful getaway during the winter months.

Yangon

4. Vietnam

In January, central Vietnam ushers in its summer season, bringing warm and dry weather to the heritage-rich towns of Hue and Hoi An. It’s the perfect time to soak up the sun and enjoy these cultural gems. Plus, if you’re a fan of stunning sunrises, Nha Trang’s beaches offer some of the most breathtaking views in all of Asia during the early morning. Down south in Saigon and the Mekong Delta, temperatures can climb to a comfortable 30°C, creating the ideal conditions for leisurely river cruises along the Mekong or the Red River. Meanwhile, in the northern mountain towns of Sapa and Ha Giang, you’ll experience a dramatic drop in temperatures, often accompanied by a bit of haze. So, if you’re planning to visit Halong Bay, it’s worth noting that the views may not be at their best during this time. Towards the end of January, the country gears up for Tet, the lunar new year celebration. It’s a time of traditional shows, vibrant dragon dance performances, and a wonderful glimpse into Vietnamese culture and festivities.

Hue

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