Is January a Good Time to Visit Thailand?

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




Is January a good time to Visit the Land of Smiles?  January events in Thailand include Children’s Day, ethnic festivals, and other fascinating activities. As for the weather, it is the coolest and driest month of the year. What more could you ask for?

Thailand January Weather

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

In fact, the average high in Bangkok is 32 degrees Celsius. And that works out to  90 degrees Fahrenheit.

While that might sound hot if you live in a temperate climate, in Thailand, it is considered cool!

And the average low is a confortable 21 degrees Celsius, or 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

In fact, the Thai capital enjoys a daily average of nine hours of sunshine in January. And 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%. And the sea temperature averages 28 degrees Celsius, or 83 degrees Fahrenheit.

Winter in Thailand runs from mid-November to mid-March. And 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 2022.

And some events have been canceled or postponed until later in the year or next year.

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.

Check out this shortlist of events taking place in Thailand in January. However,  keep in mind that dates sometimes change. And sometimes events are canceled at the last minute. This is especially true during the pandemic!

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

New Year Festival – 1 January 2023

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 New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, Monday 3 January will also be an official holiday.

While some events have been canceled, the fireworks displays over the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok will go ahead.

  • Location: Nationwide.

National Teachers Day – 16 January 2023

While events honouring teachers are often held at schools, there are few public celebrations.

National Children’s Day – 14 January 2023

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.

Because of the pandemic, public events have been canceled for the second year in a row in 2022. However, there will be online activities.

  • Location: Nationwide.
  • 2024 – 13 January
  • 2025 – 11 January
  • 2026 – 10 January
  • 2027 – 9 January


Samui Latin Fiesta – 25 to 27 August 2023

Originally scheduled for 15 to 17 January 2022, the Koh Samui Latin Fiesta has been postponed until 22 to 24 July.

Bo Sang Umbrella Festival –  2023 TBAhand-painted-umbrella-promoting-bo-sang-umbrella-festival

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.

In fact, the festival is a celebration of umbrellas and handicrafts. And these include fans and lanterns. To clarify, 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.

Wai Sa Phaya Mengrai – 2023 TBA

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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, which was formerly known  as the Lanna Kingdom. And 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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