Bangkok in January: weather and travel tips

written by Olga Sitnitsa

updated 30.11.2023

Wondering about the weather in Bangkok in January? Read on for a run-down of everything you need to know. Here we cover everything from average air and sea temperatures, to what to expect in terms of costs and crowds, and what to wear.

Is January a good time to visit Bangkok?

January is usually a great time to visit Bangkok. It falls during the dry season and the weather is characterised by low humidity and minimal rainfall. The city is more or less cool, making it an ideal place for outdoor sightseeing. 

In addition, during the festive season around New Year's Day, the city hosts colourful celebrations and events, adding an interesting cultural touch to the visit. However, this is also a popular time for tourists, so expect crowds at the main tourist spots and slightly higher prices for accommodation and excursions. 

Overall, January remains one of the most favourable months to experience the charm and cultural richness of Bangkok and Thailand in general.

Thinking of visiting Bangkok in January? Talk to our local Thailand travel experts and save yourself the hassle of planning.

Wat Mahathat Yuwarajarangsarit Rajaworamahavihara, Bangkok Thailand © huihyper/Shutterstock

Wat Manhathat in Bangkok, Thailand @ Shutterstok

Air & sea temperatures in Bangkok in January

The weather in Bangkok in January is characterised by comfortable temperatures, with average highs of around 32°C (90°F) and average lows of around 21°C (70°F). Sea temperatures in coastal areas some distance from Bangkok are also warm, averaging around 28°C (82°F). 

This time of year tends to provide excellent conditions for both exploring the city and holidaying in the nearby coastal areas, and the warm sea temperatures are perfect for water activities.

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Marble Temple in Bangkok, Thailand @ Shutterstock

Average rainfall in January

January in Bangkok is a great time for a monsoon-free holiday when rainfall is minimal, averaging around 10 millimetres for a few days. The dry weather in Bangkok in January provides a pleasant climate for outdoor activities and exploration, and the city's vibrant culture, historic temples and bustling markets are easily accessible. 

Whether strolling through the Grand Palace or cruising along the Chao Phraya River, tourists can enjoy the city's charm without fear of heavy rainfall and have an unforgettable Bangkok experience without interference.

For more details on the weather in Thailand around the year, read up on when to go to Thailand.

What about the crowd & cost?

January in Bangkok falls during the peak tourist season, which attracts a significant number of tourists looking for favourable weather conditions. The city fills up with tourists exploring its attractions, markets and cultural sites. Consequently, popular attractions may be more crowded and accommodation prices tend to be higher during this period, so it is advisable to plan and book accommodation and entertainment in advance. 

Although the increased demand may lead to some price increases, the lively atmosphere and comfortable weather in Bangkok in January make this period preferable for those who want to enjoy the best of Bangkok's attractions without the inconvenience of heavy rainfall.

Set on taking a winter break? For further inspo, discover more of the best places to visit in January.

Bangkok road traffic in Pratunam © Shutterstock

Bangkok road traffic in Pratunam © Shutterstock

Unforgettable, fully customisable Bangkok itineraries

Our tailor-made trip service allows you to fully enjoy the journey without the planning or hassle. All of our itineraries are created by local Thailand travel experts and can be tailored to meet your specific needs.

  • Bangkok Gourmet (5 days): Enjoy a culinary whirlwind tour of Bangkok. Attend tailor-made cooking workshops, explore flavourful markets and delight your taste buds with Michelin-starred dishes and street food.
  • From Bangkok to Hua Hin (8 days): Perfect for those who don't want to travel too far, this multi-centre trip to Thailand combines the exciting city of Bangkok with the royal favourite resort of Hua Hin, just a few hours from the capital.
  • Bangkok-Pattaya Safari Adventure (12 days): Visit Thailand’s exciting capital Bangkok where you can explore the city by bike and see giant Buddhas and extravagant temples. Then head east to the coastal resort of Pattaya for some watersports and beach time.

Or discover more of our Thailand itineraries.

The world’s most fascinating streets: Khao San road in Bangkok, Thailand.

One of the world’s most fascinating streets - Khao San Road in Bangkok, Thailand.

Tips for travelling to Bangkok in January

As you prepare for your January visit to Bangkok, remember a few important Thailand travel tips to make the most of your journey.

What to pack for Bangkok in January

When packing for a trip, consider the warm and dry weather in Bangkok in January. To stay comfortable in the heat of the day, choose lightweight, breathable clothing and be sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat to protect you from the sun. 

Evenings can be cooler, so bring a light jacket or cape just in case. If you plan to visit temples and religious sites, take modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. In addition to all of the above, a mackintosh or umbrella can be useful as it can still rain briefly at times.

Familiarize yourself with cultural etiquette

To navigate and respect local customs, learn cultural etiquette. 

  • In Thailand, the traditional greeting is a slight bow with palms pressed together called "wai". 
  • As a sign of respect, remove your shoes when entering houses and temples. 
  • Refrain from touching the head, which is considered the most sacred part of the body.
  • When visiting religious sites, dress modestly, covering your shoulders and knees.
  • Accepting or offering objects should be done with both hands as a sign of respect.
  • Refrain from raising your voice and showing anger in public.

Understanding and adhering to these cultural nuances will help you improve your travelling experience in Thailand.

Learn the language basics

In Thailand, it is very much appreciated when tourists learn a few basic phrases in Thai, which improves interaction with locals and contributes to a more immersive travelling experience. A simple hello or a thank you in Thai can go a long way in strengthening positive connections.

Food market in Bangkok, Thailand

Food market in Bangkok, Thailand

What to do in Bangkok in January

While going on a trip, one must consider the weather in Bangkok in January and the nuances that this month brings. To not miss any highlights, also read our list of the best things to do in Thailand at any time of year.

Celebrate New Year's Day at Wat Arun

Celebrate the New Year in Bangkok with a visit to the iconic temple of Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn. Take part in a special New Year's Eve ceremony and witness the temple illuminated against the night sky. Take part in traditional rituals, enjoy cultural performances and immerse yourself in the spiritual atmosphere. 

As the clock strikes midnight, admire the spectacular fireworks display over the Chao Phraya River, providing a mesmerising backdrop for the New Year celebrations. Embrace the festive spirit, mingle with locals and start the year with cultural richness and positive energy at this famous Bangkok landmark.

Join the Chao Phraya River Sunset Cruise

Take a serene sunset cruise along the Chao Phraya River. The weather in Bangkok in January is pleasant, making it ideal for enjoying spectacular views of Bangkok's sights illuminated by the evening sky.

Explore the Flower Market

In January, the Bangkok Flower Market (Pak Khlong Talat) blooms with vibrant colours and fragrances. Strolling through stalls filled with fresh flowers, orchids and ornamental plants is a sensory delight and a unique experience.

Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand © Mazur Travel/Shutterstock

The weather in Bangkok in January presents a great opportunity to enjoy the views on a river cruise

Planning your January trip to Bangkok

For more inspiration, get yourself The Rough Guide to Bangkok and check where to stay in Bangkok.

Keen to see more of Thailand? Discover Thailand's beaches and start planning your trip with The Rough Guide to Thailand

Daunted by the prospect of planning? No problem! Browse our customisable Thailand itineraries, and talk to our local Thailand travel experts

Olga Sitnitsa

written by Olga Sitnitsa

updated 30.11.2023

Online editor at Rough Guides, specialising in travel content. Passionate about creating compelling stories and inspiring others to explore the world.

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