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Written by Priyadharshini P on November 14, 2022 Share on

Thailand in January 2023 – An Essential Guide to Visiting Thailand in January

Planning a Thailand Trip this January? Then, you must never miss witnessing their traditional festivals, magnificent palaces, majestic beaches, beautiful floating markets, and much more. January is the best month to have a perfect Thai vacation. Thailand is a destination that appeals to every tourist’s interests irrespective of their age. The Chinese New Year often falls in January, and when this happens, it brings all sorts of delightful festivities and celebrations. The breathtaking coastlines dotted with stunning beaches and sapphire lagoons explain why Thailand has been a popular tourist destination over the years. There are plenty of unique sites and activities to discover and enjoy in Thailand. Let’s have a look at some of the best things to know about Thailand to plan an awesome vacation this January.

Thailand in January
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An Overview: Thailand in January

January is one of the best times of the year to visit Thailand with lovely weather. It is the peak season for tourism, so booking travel tickets and accommodations in advance could help you have a hassle-free trip. Enjoy visiting the majestic palaces, ancient temples, and unique Thai products. Mostly many tourists only visit all the mainstream tourist places. But there are some very good tourist places that many do not visit. Various offbeat tourist places like Wat Mae Kaet Noi – Buddhist Hell Temple, Wat Pariwar, Wat Rong Khun – White Temple, Sam Phan Bok – Grand Canyon of Thailand can give you an awesome feeling. Thailand is bound to give a memorable and fun-filled experience to all its visitors and is a place, you would love to visit again. January is a pretty lovely month to visit and explore Thai culture and wonderful traditions.

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Weather In Thailand in January

January is cooler than other times of the year, especially up north around Chiang Mai. Thailand is a predominantly tropical country, the winter season is the best time to visit this Southeast Asian nation. Both the Gulf and the Andaman coasts witness a lot of sunshine while slight drizzles can be expected in small amounts at regular intervals. The temperatures generally oscillate from around 20° to 30°. If you are a beach lover, January would be the best month for your trip. You can visit the national parks, and sanctuaries and also try some treks and hikes. The evenings could be quite chilly in the north and northeastern parts. The central and southern parts experience light showers during the day. However, we would suggest you check the weather before your departure and also during your travel to plan a perfect itinerary. 

Weather In Thailand in January
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What to Pack for Thailand in January

To make it easier for you, we have created a list of all essential items to pack for your Thailand trip in January:

  • Warm clothes: T-shirts, tops, jeans, pants, jackets, sweaters, etc
  • Footwear: Shoes, slippers, flip-flops, boots, etc
  • Medical kit
  • Cosmetics
  • Electronic items: Camera, laptop, chargers, earphones, etc

Best Places to Visit in Thailand in January

You can visit Koh Tao, also called ‘Turtle Island. It is the best destination for scuba diving and various water sports activities. You can explore the beautiful Crystal clear waters of the Gulf on the lovely beaches. They have got unique and vibrant coral reefs, amazing sea turtles, and stunning flora and fauna. You can pre-book a perfect stay nearby and experience the beauty of nature to the fullest. Get the best shopping experiences here. Chiang Mai is another beautiful place where seasonal travellers flock, situated in a verdant valley on the banks of the Ping river. Also, you can enjoy visiting the ancient temples in the city alongside enjoying modern amenities such as fantastic spas, unique museums, beautiful gardens, and many more. Never miss witnessing the Phangan, unspoiled beauty with lush tropical interior jungles, white sand beaches, and numerous diving sites.

Best Places to Visit in Thailand in January
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Travel Tips for Thailand

  • You can avail of the on-arrival visa procedure and after arriving at the Thailand airport, you can stand in the queue for a visa with all your documentation prepared.
  • Do not touch anyone’s head as it is not considered good
  • The must-visit place in Thailand is none other than Krabi, so, don’t skip it on your Thailand vacation.
  • Carry copies of your documents while exploring the country
  • Do not click photos inside the temple of Buddha and wear proper attire while visiting the auspicious place.

Shopping In Thailand

For all the shopaholics, Thailand is a great place to buy some of the amazing stuff at great prices. There are many places in Thailand which offer magnificent markets such as Jungceylon Shopping Mall in Phuket, Chatuchak Weekend Market and Asiatique the Riverfront in Bangkok, Krabi Town Walking Street and Pattaya Floating Market. these are just some markets which you should visit and buy some exciting items for your family and friends.

Festivals to Attend in Thailand in January

1. The Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year
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The Chinese new year also called the Spring festival is grandly celebrated with dragon parades, amazing fireworks, and acrobatic dance shows for almost one week with great fun. Never miss being a part of the beautiful dragon parades. The temples would be beautifully decorated and the streets would have stunning lanterns. A large variety of Chinese and local cuisines are sold here as part of the celebrations. Enjoy the mouth-watering earthy cuisine of Thai here. This is the time when families come together to spend some quality time and wish each other good luck. The celebrations are very much lively and there would be various fun activities for the full week. As it is peak season, pre-book your vacation and enjoy your trip by exploring the majestic Thai culture and history.

2. The Bo Sang Umbrella and Sankampaeng Handicrafts Festival

The Bo Sang Umbrella and Sankampaeng Handicrafts Festival
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There is also a beautiful 3-day Umbrella festival called The Bo Sang Umbrella and Sankampaeng Handicrafts Festival that takes place every year on the third weekend of January to honour the efforts of local artisans. The local craftspeople make amazing handicrafts and leave them out on display for the entire festival. Bo Sang is home to skilled craftsmen who make products ranging from fantastic fans to colourful lanterns and parasols. We recommend you visit the artisan displays in the afternoon in broad daylight to watch the umbrellas in their full glory. When the sun goes down the crafts are illuminated which brings amazing sparklings. Other events like an opening ceremony, traditional market, cultural shows, a beauty pageant, dance shows, live music, and carnival games add a lot of fun and enlightenment to this unique festival.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Thailand in January

Should I visit Thailand in January?

With romantic weather, cool winds and tropical vibes January makes it a perfect month to visit Thailand. This month offers you great sightseeing opportunities, delicious meals and so many interesting things to do. So, when are you planning to visit Thailand from India?

What are the most popular dishes of Thailand?

The most popular dishes of Thailand are Thai curries, Pad Thai noodles, Som Tam Salad and more.

Is it cold in Thailand in January?

January is a great month and relatively cool. The average daily temperatures are around 17°C to 26°C.

Is Thailand a good place to explore on holidays?

This tropical destination has a lot of gems hidden for its visitors. From pristine beaches, historic attractions, and amazing landscapes to rich culture, delicious gastronomy and lovely locals, this place can make up a perfect holiday destination. Explore the diverse places of Thailand on your Thailand trip and enjoy it to the fullest.

Excited right? So, pack your bags and experience the marvellous Thai culture this January for real. All you need to do is to head to the Pickyourtrail website and check on the amazing Thailand tour packages and Thailand honeymoon packages In addition, download the Pickyourtrail app for a perfect vacation. Feel free to reach out to experts at Pickyourtrail and get ready to plan your dream gateway with your loved ones. So, why wait? Unwrap Thailand with Pickyourtrail!

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