Top Reasons Why You Should Visit Thailand in January in 2020

Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo Credit: Wolfgang Holzem.

Thailand Travel

Is January a good time to Visit the Land of Smiles? Thailand January events include Chinese New Year celebrations, Children’s Day, ethnic festivals, a Latin Fiesta, rock concerts, and other fascinating activities. As for the weather, it is the coolest and driest month of the year.

Thailand January Weather

In terms of weather, January is one of the coolest and driest months of the year in Thailand.

The average high in Bangkok is 32 degrees Celsius, or 90 degrees Fahrenheit. And the average low is 21 degrees Celsius, or 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

In fact, the Thai capital enjoys a daily average of nine hours of sunshine in January. In fact, there are only about two rainy days. An average of 10 millimeters of rain falls during the month.

As for the humidity, the average is 67%. The sea temperature averages 28 degree Celsius, or 83 degrees Fahrenheit.

Winter in Thailand runs from mid-November to mid-March. For many tourists, it is the best time to visit the country.

Therefore, winter is the peak tourist season in the Land of Smiles. As a result, bargains on hotel rooms are harder to find.

Moreover, Chinese New Year falls in January this year. Consequently, Thailand will be awash with Chinese tourists.

So hotel rooms could be even more difficult to book. In addition, bargains might be even harder to find!

Thailand January Events

Check out this short list of events taking place in Thailand in January. However,  keep in mind that dates sometimes change. And sometimes events are cancelled at the last minute.

Therefore, you might want to check with tourism authorities before booking your hotel room. Better safe than sorry!

New Year Festival – 1 January 2020

Queen’s Park in downtown Bangkok. Many Thais will spend New Year’s Day with family and friends in a park. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

Both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are official holidays in Thailand.

However, because 30 December fell on a Monday in 2019, it was declared a special public holiday, as well. Consequently, most Thais will get an usual five-day weekend this year.

Therefore, many Thais will take advantage of the long holiday to travel. Some will travel domestically. Others will travel abroad.

And some will just spend a leisurely day with family or friends at the nearest park.

  • Location: Nationwide.

Apichat Pakwan Concert – 8 January 2020

Apichat Pakwan is a Dutch-Thai collective. Photo Credit: the Collective.

Dutch-Thai collective Apitchat Pakwan is back in the Land of Smiles, touring the country. They will perform Isantronics, a hybrd approach to electronic music.

Isantronics mixes traditional Lao-Thai music with dub, hip hop, and electro.  Isan is a region in northeastern Thailand. It comprises 20 provinces.

  • Location: Studio Lam – 51 Sukhimvit Alley, Bangkok, Thailand.

National Children’s Day 10 to 11 January 2020

Children touring a Thai Air Force Base. Photo Credit: Royal Thai Air Force.

Children’s Day is celebrated throughout Thailand with a host of events. Special activities will be held in parks,  shopping malls, museums, and other venues. Most of the activities will be free.

  • Location: Nationwide.

Samui Latin Fiesta – 10 to 12 January 2020

Grove to the rhythms of salsa, kizomba, and bachata at the third edition of the Koh Samui Latin Fiesta.

Festivities will include beach parties, workshops, boot camps, shows, and jack & jill – whatever that means.

Note: This even is NOT open to the public. You must purchase a full, party, or day pass to enter.

  • Location: Fair House Beach Resort & Hotel – 124-124/1-2 Moo 3 Tambon Bophut , Amphur Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand.

Kengchakaj Concert – 10 and 11 January 2020

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Kengchakaj. Photo Credit: the Artist.

Bangkok-born, New York-based improviser, pianist, and composer Kengchakaj will perform four times during the month of January and on 1 February in the Big Mango. However, venues will vary.

  • Location: FooJohn Building – 831 Charoen Krung 31 Alley, Bangkok, Thailand.

Eric Nam Concert – 15 January 2020

Eric Nam. Photo Credit: the Artist

Korean-American singer and songwriter Eric Nam will perform in concert for one night in Bangkok as part of his whirlwind tour of Southeast Asia.

Eric was named 2016 Man of the Year by GQ Korea. Forves included him on the “30 Under 30 Asia 2017” list.

Eric debuted in 2013 his first EP, Cloud 9.

Eric is currently on a whirlwind tour of Asia. He will return to the United States in February, where he will continue his tour, hitting a series of cites from coast to coast.

In late March, he will head south and continue his tour in Latnio America.

Check out his hit single, Congratulations!

  • Location: Live Arena RCA – Royal City Avenue, Bangkok, Thailand.

Bon Iver – 15 January 2020

American indie-folk band will perform one night in Bangkok.

  • Location: Moonstar Studio – 701 Ladprao 80 (Soi Chantima)
    Ladprao Road. Wangthonglarng, Bangkok, Thailand.

Alex Ferrer Concert – 17 January 2020

DJ/producer and label manager of Deeplomtic Alex Ferrer will showcase his signature house sound in Bangkok as part of his whirlwind tour of Southeast Asia.

  • Location: Safe Room – Whiteline, Silom 8, Bangkok, Thailand.

Bo Sang Umbrella Festival – 17 to 19 January 2020

Hand-painted umbrella promoting the Bo Sang Umbrella Festival. Photo Credit: Grossbildjaeger.VC3XZS.

Once a year the sleepy village of Bo Sang in Northern Thailand comes alive during the Bo Sang Umbrella & Sankampang Handicrafts Festival.

The festival is a celebration of umbrellas and handicrafts. These include fans and lanterns. And they are all hand-made by local craftsmen.

The festivities continue into the evening, when the colourful umbrellas are gaily lit.

Other events include an opening ceremony, a parade, cultural shows, a traditional market, a beauty pageant, live music, dancing, exhibitions, and carnival games.

  • Location: Bo Sang Umbrellas Village – eight kilometers southeast of Chiang Mai at the intersection of Routes 1006 and 1014, San Kamphaeng, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Nanglen Music Fest – 18 January 2020

Nanglen Music Fest. Photo Credit: Facebook.

The fifth edition of the Nanglen Music Fest will feature Da Endorphine, Aof Pongsak, Singto Numchok, Klear, 4 Podum, Stamp, Atom, Lipta, Mean, and Kacha.

  • Location: The Ocean Khao Yai – 48 Moo 4 Thanarat Road, Amphoe Pak Chong, Khao Yai, Thailand.

Post Loop Music Festival – 19 January 2020

Hope the Flowers, Avada Band, Numan Music, and January Sound will perform at this year’s Post Loop Music Festival.

  • Location: Brownstone Studio – 395 Sukhumwit 77 Road (near Soi Onnuch 25, behind Bavaria Car Care), Suan Luang, Bangkok, Thailand.

Nub 1 Thung 7 Concert – 25 and 26 January 2020

Bodyslam’s Nub 1 Thung 7 Concert will take place on two successive evenings. The group will perform hit songs from their six albums. Proceeds will go to charity.

  • Location: Rajamangala Stadium – Hua Mak, Bang Kapi, Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok of Dreams – 25 January 2020

Some of the world’s best DJ’s will perform at the Bangkok of Dreams, the Big Mango’s first major electronic music festival of the year.

  • Location: Show DC Arena – Rama 9, Bangkok, Thailand.

Jeffe Bernat Concert  – 26 January 2020

Jeff Bernat. Photo Credit: the artist.

American-Filipino singer, songwriter, and record producer Jeffe Barnat will perform his version of neo-soul at his first full concert in the Land of Smiles.

  • Location: Voice Space – 197 BBD Building Viphavadi Rangsit Road Samennai Phayathai, Bangkok, Thailand.

Kengchakaj Concert –  26 January 2020

thai-pianist, impressionist, and composer
Kengchakaj. Photo Credit: the Artist.

Bangkok-born, New York-based improviser, pianist, and composer Kengchakaj will perform four times during the month of January and on 1 February in the Big Mango.

  • Location: Saxophone Pub – 3/8 Phayathai,  Road Victory Monument, Bangkok, Thailand.

Wai Sa Phaya Mengrai – 26 January to 4 February

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Ming Mueang Temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The The Wai Sa Phaya Mengrai Festival honours Phokhun Mengrai Maharat, founder of Chiang Rai what was then known as the Lanna Kingdom. Events include  parades, beauty contests, and cultural performances.

Location: Chiang Rai Provincial Sport Stadium – Phokhun Soi 7, Rop Wiang, Mueang Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Kengchakaj Concert – 30 January 2020

thai-pianist, impressionist, and composer
Kengchakaj. Photo Credit: the Artist.

Bangkok-born, New York-based improviser, pianist, and composer Kengchakaj will perform four times during the month of January and on 1 February in the Big Mango.

  • Location: Alonetogether Bar  – 29 Sukhumvit 31, Bangkok, Thailand.

Nai Lert Flower and Garden Art Fair – 30 January to 2 February 2020

A magnificent floral display on the grounds of Nai Lert Park during the Nai Lert Festival. Photo Credit Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Thailand’s first and Asia’s best floral show, Nai Lert Flower and Garden Art Fair features 20 floral installations, an exhibition of floral garlands, an art market, and exhibition gallery of jewelry, decorative items, local textiles, and more.

Restaurants such as Ma Maison and Lady L Garden Bistro, which are located in the park, serve dishes featuring floral ingredients. More than 20 food vendors and food trucks will also offer mouth-watering edible treats.

 At Nai Lert Park, Bangkok, Thailand. From 30 January to 2 February 2020.

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