Sarawak & Sandakan

Throughout January high rainfall can be expected across Sabah and fine days can quickly turn wet (and vice versa). Less rain is expected in the south of Sabah although road conditions to remote jungle regions such as Danum Valley and Tabin may be poor...
Both the coastal and inland areas of Sarawak receive their highest rainfall of the year during January, courtesy of the north-east monsoon... more

Myanmar (Burma)

The dry season continues throughout the month of January, with excellent conditions expected throughout Myanmar. January is peak season, as temperatures begin to rise and the entire country expects premium travelling conditions. In the south and along the west coast the beaches will be basking in sunshine, whilst the chill in the foothills and Shan region starts to lessen (although a jumper or fleece is still very advisable at night and in the early morning). The central plains will also be dry and hot although more manageable than in the months to come... more


Throughout January you can expect good weather conditions throughout the country, with blue skies, little or no rain and relatively cool temperatures (avg temp: 26 °C). This is amongst the most popular months to travel in Cambodia thanks to the temperate climate making longs days at the Angkor temples far more manageable.The beaches on the south coast are in full bloom... more


The dry season continues throughout the month of January, promising premium travelling conditions throughout Laos. Whilst little or no rain is expected across the country, temperatures remain moderate with Vientiane and Luang Prabang averaging 24°C whilst further to the south temperatures are higher, averaging 29°C or just tipping into the 30’s°C in some parts... more


Whilst much of Malaysia will be enjoying sunshine and blue skies, the east coast destinations such as Tioman Island, Perhentian Islands, Terengganu and Redang Island will still be gripped by heavy rains and strong winds. Langkawi and her west coast neighbours will experience one of the driest months of the year – you can expect hot and humid conditions with plenty of sunshine (avg temp: 30 °C).Through the centre of the peninsular and in both Kuala Lumpur and Malacca you can expect low monthly rainfall, although short tropical showers are likely in the afternoon. ... more

Sri Lanka

A great month to travel in Sri Lanka, with the beaches along the southern and western coast all expecting plenty of sunshine and minimal rainfall throughout the month, and temperatures averaging at around 30 °C.To the east, the north-eastern monsoon should be starting to wind down, meaning that the National Parks of Yala and Wilpattu will also be hot and dry. The centre, Kandy and the hills of the central Tea Country, and to a lesser extent the Cultural Triangle, are likely to be receiving a little rainfall. Whilst the usual warm weather is expected in the Cultural Triangle, temperatures in the Tea Country, especially around Nuwara Eliya, remain cooler due to the higher altitude (avg temp: 20 °C)... more


North Thailand is likely to be cool and dry, enjoying a refreshing breeze, perfect conditions for visitors in need of a break from the heat further south. Bangkok is also dry although warmer due in part to its lower altitude. In the south, conditions on the beaches are similar from one coast to the other, however whilst on the west you can expect little if any rain, the east will most likely be feeling the tail end of its rainy season and therefore the odd short shower is to be expected, especially early in the month. On both coasts you can expect a cooling breeze... more


Vietnam returns to its best with dry conditions expected throughout much of the country. Both the north and south enjoy sunshine whilst the central region steps out of its wet season, meaning the beaches of Hoi An, Danang and Nha Trang are back on the menu (joining the in season Phu Quoc, Phan Thiet & Mui Ne). There is a variation in the temperature from one end of the country to the other with the south being close to its hottest and the north experiencing cooler weather... more


January is one of the wettest months of the year across Indonesia and rain, in varying levels of severity, can be expected whichever island you are visiting. The pick of the bunch are the Nusa Tenggara islands of Lombok, Flores and Sumba where rain is less intense and generally comes in the form of short, intense downpours. Days may be overcast but temperatures are still high, with daily averages of 26-28°C…more


January is one of the coldest months of the year in Japan, but also one of the driest with minimal rainfall expected throughout the country. The northern island of Hokkaido is experiencing the coldest conditions (avg temp: -3°C), with a high chance of heavy snowfall during the month; whereas the southern islands of Okinawa enjoy milder weather, with temperatures of 18°C not uncommon...more

The Philippines

January is regarded as one of the best times of the year to visit the Philippines. This is the height of the dry season for most of the country, when the climate is pleasantly cool and the rains of a few months before are a distant memory. Average temperatures in Manila in the north of the country range from 22°C to 30°C, whilst in the south they can climb as high as 32°C...more

South Korea

Be prepared for freezing temperatures and a blanket of snow across much of South Korea during January. Temperatures in Seoul in the north of the country will range from -7°C to 3°C, whereas the southern coast is milder, with Jeju Island expecting a minimum of 5°C and a maximum of 11°C. It may be cold but it will be dry as there is very little rain in the South Korean winter...more


January is one of the driest and coolest months in Taiwan, but even so average temperatures only drop to 16°C in Taipei, which can also be cloudy. Keelung and the northeast coast, however, is subject to monsoon weather at this time of year, making the surfing wetter than usual, and it is cooler at altitude in the central highlands. Kenting National Park and Taiwan’s southern regions, meanwhile, are warm and sunny, lending the perfect opportunity for a winter beach break with average temperatures nudging 25°C...more


January is mid-winter in Bhutan, and typically the coldest month of the year. Temperatures can fall well below zero at night, especially in the mountainous north and the west, and heavy snow makes some more remote areas difficult to reach. Yet rainfall is typically low during winter, and skies clear, allowing for magnificent views. There is much to recommend a January holiday in Bhutan, especially if you stick mainly to lower elevations...more


Whilst January is one of the coldest months of the year in Nepal it can be a good month to visit. Typically the days are cold but see plenty of sunshine in cloudless skies. It's low season, so there are fewer tourists around, meaning you can soak up the timeless atmosphere of places like Kathmandu in peace and tranquillity. Trekking is possible, but probably best left until later in the year as there's snow at high altitude and temperatures frequently dip below zero...more


It may be mid-winter, with night time temperatures plummeting far below zero in some parts of the country and many areas inaccessible due to snowfall, but January is still quite a popular time of year to visit Tibet. Visitor numbers tend to be significantly reduced, and in lower altitude destinations such as Lhasa the weather is usually quite pleasant. This is the coldest, windiest month of the year in Tibet, but the skies are beautifully clear, allowing for some truly sublime mountain panoramas...more

Best Asia holiday destinations in January - climate, where to go