Is January a Good Time to Visit Thailand?

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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.

Thailand January Events

Owing to the coronavirus, a.,k.a. COVID-19, strict control measures will be in place in January 2021.

Most events have been cancelled or postponed until 2022.

Where dates for 2022 are available, I have listed them. Otherwise, I have inserted question marks and will update this post as they become available. – 5 January 2021,

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 2021

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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.

Because of the pandemic, New Year’s celebrations were cancelled this year.

However, the fireworks displays over the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok went ahead.

  • Location: Nationwide.

National Children’s Day 9 January 2021

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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 are held in parks,  shopping malls, museums, and other venues. Most of the activities are free.

Unfortunately, these activities have been cancelled in 2021 because of the pandemic.

  • Location: Nationwide.

Samui Latin Fiesta – 13 to 17 January 2022

Owing to the pandemic, the fourth edition of the Koh Samui Latin Fiesta has been postponed until 2020.

You can groove to the rhythms of salsa, kizomba, and bachata

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.

Bo Sang Umbrella Festival -?? to ?? January 202?

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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 – ?? January 202?

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Nanglen Music Fest. Photo Credit: Facebook.

The sixth edition of the Nanglen Music Fest will feature various bands.

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

Post Loop Music Festival – ?? January 202?

Dozens of bands will perform on five stages at the Post Loop Music Festival and Second Hand Music Market.

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

Bangkok of Dreams – ?? January 202?

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.

Wai Sa Phaya Mengrai – ?? January to ?? February 20??

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

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.

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This is the first in a series of monthly travel and sightseeing guides to Thailand

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