Best places to visit in January

With the twinkling Christmas decorations packed back into storage, all the leftover creations of turkey risotto and curry finally finished, and will power to stick to New Year’s resolutions already waning, January can be a hard month. What would we recommend as the best course of action to get through the January blues? Book a last minute trip and return to real life in February. There are a whole host of wonderful destinations which are at their best in January, with guaranteed hot sunny weather, exciting wildlife, intriguing culture and incredible landscapes.

Tanzania - best places to visit in January
January falls within Tanzania’s dry season when wildlife is easier to spot in destinations like the Ngorongoro Crater


Home to some of Africa’s most recognisable names: the Serengeti, the Masai Mara, the Ngorongoro Crater, Mount Kilimanjaro and idyllic Zanzibar, Tanzania should be at the top of every traveller’s wish list. While this fascinating country has plenty to offer throughout the year, January is a wonderful time to visit and see the herds return to calve following the Great Migration, while also enjoying some of Tanzania’s warmest temperatures. Whether you want to go wildlife spotting in the Sergenti, climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro, opt for an island getaway in Zanzibar or sleep in the Ngorongoro Crater, the choice is yours!

Thailand - Best places to visit in January
With average temperatures of 27 degrees, the beaches of Thailand are an idyllic place to beat the January blues


January marks the end of winter in Thailand and sees temperatures beginning to rise throughout the country making it an excellent time to discover what this tantalising country has to offer without the sweltering heat of summer. With little rain, this is the best time to explore central and northern Thailand, from bustling Bangkok and the ancient ruins of Sukhothai to the friendly hills tribes of Chiang Rai. Travelling south, the stunning white beaches of the Gulf of Thailand benefit from blue skies, plenty of sunshine and refreshing sea breezes during January – making the perfect conditions to kick back and relax.

Chile - Best places to visit in January
The landscapes of Chile’s Patagonia are only enhanced by the clear skies of January


With plenty to offer the adventurous at heart, January is the best time to head to Chile. Enjoying pleasant temperatures and clear skies, this month is a wonderful time to explore the wild landscapes of Patagonia, passing impressive geysers, snow-capped mountains, stunning lakes and smoking volcanoes en route. The expansive salt flats of the lunar Atacama Desert look at its best with sunny clear skies while it is also a great time to hike through the dense forest of the Lake District to meet the penguin colonies of Isla Magdelena.

Myanmar - Best places to visit in January
Explore Myanmar’s untouched culture with visits to Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon before the heat wave of the summer


January is the ideal time to visit Myanmar as it comes after the rains of the monsoon season yet before the heat waves of summer. Myanmar has retained much of its traditional culture and charm with exquisite temples, ancient stupas and friendly people. In January, travellers can find peace exploring Myanmar’s beautiful temples and pagodas, enjoying the laid-back local spirit and discovering diverse landscapes while basking in warm heats and clear skies.

Sri Lanka - Best places to visit in January
Visit the UNESCO site of the Golden Temple of Dambulla in January once the monsoon rains have cleared

Sri Lanka

Following the end of the monsoon season, the month of January is a wonderful time to head to the tropical isle of Sri Lanka. Travellers will benefit from average highs of 27 degrees and clear skies while taking in the best of this beguiling country. From the famous rock fortress of Sigiriya to the exquisite cave temples of Dambulla in Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle, to the verdant tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya and the laid-back hill city of Kandy, there is plenty to discover on this Tear Drop Isle.

Have you already thought ahead and got a holiday booked to look forward to in January? Let us know where you are jetting off to in the comments section below. 


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