In Asia, January is considered the ideal time to travel because of the pleasant climate and many special festivals. During January, most parts of East Asia such as Korea and China will be cold and most places in Southeast Asia (except Indonesia and East Timor) will experience warm and dry weather. January is the perfect time to enjoy the pleasant weather in Thailand and neighboring countries like Laos and Cambodia. We’ve picked out a few of the best places to visit in Asia in January. Let’s get started!
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Famous Holidays in Asia in January
Most of the holidays in January in Asia are calculated according to the lunisolar calendar, so it will change from year to year. If you happen to be in one of the festival centers, things get hectic. These big events are likely to take place in January- get ready and enjoy!
- Thaipusam (January or February): Thaipusam is one of India’s biggest celebrations. It is celebrated by Tamil Hindu communities across India. On this day, people will carry large torches through the streets, while some devotees volunteer to pierce their bodies with spears to honor Lord Murugan, the god of war. The Batu Caves outside Kuala Lumpur are the main focus of the event.
- Republic Day in India: (January 26): This is Republic Day, not to be confused with India’s Independence Day on August 15, which is one of the three national holidays in India. This day commemorates the adoption of the republican constitution by India on January 26, 1950.
- Vietnam Lunar New Year: This is the biggest holiday of the year for Vietnamese people. On this day, every family cleans their house and decorates it with plants and flowers to welcome a new year with new good things.
- Seollal, Korea’s Lunar New Year, begins on January 1 of the lunar calendar like Vietnam. For Koreans, Seollal holds a special meaning because this is a time for descendants to remember, pay respects to their ancestors, and reunite with their families. On New Year’s Day, everyone wears traditional Hanbok, performs ancestral worship, plays folk games, eats traditional food and talks all night.
- Spring Festival, Chinese Lunar New Year: is considered one of the biggest festivals of the year. These days, Chinese people often choose to decorate their homes with red couplets, red lanterns and firecrackers to wish for a happy New Year and a peaceful New Year.
- Shogatsu : (1 – 3 January) The Japanese New Year celebration lasts until the first days of January. Many businesses close as people celebrate by visiting temples and enjoying special food. Chinese New Year is also considered a traditional New Year, however, January 1 has been considered the “official” start of the new year in Japan since 1873.
- Thailand Full Moon Party: (monthly; on or close to the night of the full moon) January is the big month, people celebrate New Year’s Eve and again for the full moon at the end of the month. Up to 30,000 revelers gather at Haad Rin on Koh Phangan to dance in the sand. The monthly Full Moon Party has grown into a monumental spectacle.
Discover the best places to visit in Asia in January
Luang Prabang, Laos
Luang Prabang is the best place to admire its cultural beauty and unique architecture. January is also an ideal time to visit this place. It’s a charming town with almost everything for a surprisingly cheap price. The Haw Kham Royal Palace and the watermelon-shaped Wat Wisunarat will be the best places you can visit in Luang Prabang. In addition, you can also watch the beautiful sunset from Phou Si mountain, where halfway up the hill can give you a great experience.
Phuket is the biggest and most popular party island in Thailand. This place is famous for its fresh seafood, great weather and extremely friendly people. Perhaps the biggest advantage of Phuket is that it has its own international airport so you can fly directly from long distances instead of having to change planes in Bangkok like with other islands. At this time, the weather is quite good to participate in outdoor activities on the sea. Even so, prices for term guests and restaurants can be quite expensive.
Taipei, the capital of Taiwan is the best place to visit at the beginning of the year. Taipei is a subtropical region, so the weather is quite nice all year round. The best thing about this place is the fusion of American, Japanese and Chinese cultures. This vibrant city is full of attractions and great food to enjoy. As a relatively affluent country, Taiwan is a bit more expensive than most of China and many of its neighbors, but it’s also very modern with plenty to see.
For example, the main museum here has more Chinese art and artifacts than any other museum in China. Or you can choose to take a short train ride to Shifen and visit the beautiful Shifen Falls (Shifen Falls is known as Taipei’s Niagara Falls. Rainbows are often spotted here).
New Delhi, India
Delhi is one of the largest and most crowded cities in the world, and if you visit during the hot months, it can seem even more overwhelming. So a visit in January, when the days are nice and the nights are a bit chilly, is actually a much better idea. Nearly everything here is cheap, although some hotels in the nicer parts of New Delhi are pricey. The airport is new and modern, and so is the subway system, making travel much more convenient. You can wander around Old Delhi market, and India Gate, and you can see the Indian parliament buildings. And this place will give me a lot of good memories.
January is the best time to travel to Okinawa, Japan. During this month, you can enjoy fine snow and clear blue skies. Okinawa is home to incredible beaches and you can enjoy very pleasant weather. You can visit Okinawa world-theme park located in Okinawa Honto and Iriomote island to participate in trekking or kayaking around the island. This is also one of the best places to visit in Asia in January.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang, Vietnam
Coming to Vietnam in the month of wells, you should not miss Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, which also preserves the wild beauty of mountains and caves and was recognized as a World Natural Heritage in 2003. It has a unique limestone mountain in Asia that was formed about 400 million years ago. Coming here, you can join the tour to explore the largest cave in the world – Son Doong cave. There are also some other caves such as Phong Nha cave, Thien Duong cave and Dark cave.
Ha Noi, Viet Nam
If you travel around Southeast Asia at any time of the year, you will surely get tired of the intense heat every day. Hanoi in January is a great getaway because it’s really cool during the day and still mild at night, giving it a very interesting and European feel. Hanoi is also the culinary capital of Vietnam, which is said to have the best cuisine in Asia. Everything here is also amazingly cheap, so it’s a popular place for long-term visitors to stay for a while.
To sum up, above are the best places to visit in Asia in January along with some of the best festivals that will take place around this time. Pocket our suggestions above and plan an exciting trip in the new year! Hope you will have an enjoyable experience in beautiful Asia!