In case you are thinking about visiting Asia, you should know that January is one of the best times to do so. This is because a lot of holidays take place in this month. Although East Asia is very cold, Southeast Asia has dry and warm weather that attracts the tourists.
If you choose East Asia you can be sure to avoid to crowds. Nonetheless your stay might not be very pleasant because of the freezing cold. In Southeast Asia, on the other hand, the weather is very enjoyable before humidity and heat strike in the spring.
Celebrations and Events
As it has been mentioned before, a lot of events and celebrations take place in January. Thaipusam is one of these events. It is celebrated in the Hindu Tamil communities of Sri Lanka, India, Singapore, and Malaysia. The celebration is known for the volunteers who accept to have their body pierced to honor the gods.
Other Events to Consider
There are some other celebrations as well that you might be interested in, such as Republic Day in India, Thailand Full Moon Party, Vietnamese Tet, and Shogatsu. Shogatsu is the celebration of New Year’s Eve that continues in January as well. During this time the majority of the businesses will be closed.
Chinese New Year
Although the date of the Chinese New Year varies from one year to the other, it is usually celebrated in January or February. This is one of the most popular celebrations of the world. In order to make sure that you will be able to enjoy the celebration, make sure that you plan ahead so that you won’t get frustrated if the businesses will be closed or if there will be no transportation.
Those are the most popular destinations in January that offer mild temperatures. You could consider Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Vietnam, South India, and Sri Lanka as your destination.
There are some destinations that you should rather avoid, especially because of the weather and low temperatures. These include Japan, Korea, China, Sumatra, Malaysian Borneo, Perhentian Islands, North India, and Bali.
Since there is so much going on in January in Asia, you should make sure that you come up with a travel schedule and stick to it. This way you can ensure that you will have fun and the chaos won’t have a negative effect on your trip.