What’s the weather like in Thailand in January?
January marks the peak of Thailand’s dry season, making it one of the best times to visit the country. The weather is generally warm and sunny, with low humidity and minimal rainfall. It is considered the coolest month of the year in Thailand, especially in the northern regions.
Average daily temperatures
In January, Thailand experiences pleasant temperatures throughout the country. In the northern regions, such as Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, average daily temperatures range from 14°C (57°F) to 29°C (84°F). Central areas, including Bangkok, enjoy slightly higher temperatures, averaging between 23°C (73°F) and 33°C (91°F). Southern destinations like Phuket and Krabi have warm temperatures ranging from 24°C (75°F) to 32°C (90°F).
Sunshine and rainfall
Thailand experiences plenty of sunshine in January, with an average of 8 to 10 hours of sunshine per day. The clear skies allow for excellent sightseeing opportunities and outdoor activities. Rainfall is minimal during this month, with southern islands receiving occasional short showers. On average, Thailand receives around 10 to 45mm of rainfall in January, making it a relatively dry month compared to other times of the year.