20 Stunning Places to Visit in January around the World

January- With the Seasons Holidays coming, most people would already have started shortlisting destinations for New Year vacation. January brings in chilly weather, joy, festive flair and lots of activity almost everywhere in the world. Not so keen on travelling to cold regions or want to stay away from the festive crowd?

Check out these 20 destinations that are perfect for tropical vacations in January.

1. Kerala, India:

Athirappilly Waterfalls in Kerala
Athirappilly Waterfalls in Kerala

While the monsoons trickle down to occasional drizzles, the refreshing greenery leaves a lasting impact on those who visit Kerala during
January . Nicknamed as the God’s own country, Kerala is a slice of paradise in South India that allures travellers from around the world.  The gleaming backwaters fringed by swaying coconut trees, idyllic white beaches, the rustic countryside ambiance fused in Indian culture and heritage – every element of Kerala welcomes you to a warm and memorable experience.
January brings in pleasant, tropical sunshine with a hint of chill. The best place to have a beautiful nature experience in this pleasant climate is at Wayanad, backwaters of Kumarakom, Munnar hills, and Thekaddy. Kochi City during
January comes alive with festivals and events that set the mood for year-end carnival celebrations.


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2. Siem Reap, Cambodia:

Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap, Cambodia

The gateway to the ruins of Angkor Wat – Siem Reap gets cozy and warm during January with a hint of chillness. Being in the north of Cambodia, the climate is cool and pleasant to explore the city’s mystical attractions and cultural living. With very less rainfall and humidity, November to April attracts lots of tourists as it is the dry season. The clear blue skies looming behind the Angkor Wat temple and other antique temple sites offer picturesque views worth visiting. January in Siem Reap is full of frolic and events hence it is also the most crowded time of the year. Apart from the rustic elements, the city has many happening places for shopping, food scene and nightlife. Some must visit attractions are the Pub Street, Angkor Night Markets and a food tour of the city on a Vespa

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3. Dubai, UAE:

Dubai, UAE
Dubai, UAE

Get a Dubai visa and take off to this land of amazing possibilities and mind-blowing attractions, Dubai gears up for the mega-events and celebrations during the month of January. The climate is also mild as the temperature dips down from November till March. Apart from visiting the usual Dubai attractions and landmarks, the city becomes enthusiastic about shopping festivals, lavish entertainment and recreational activities. The newly opened Dubai Opera and Bollywood Parks add extravagance to an already exhilarating array of Dubai attractions.  Christmas spirit captivates many holidaymakers as shops and malls in Dubai offer amazing deals and discounts. Many tourist attractions and iconic landmarks get illuminated for Dubai Winter Festival. By the end of the month, Dubai ushers in the New Year with such aplomb and style unmatched by any other country.

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4. Bali, Indonesia:

Bali, Indonesia
Bali, Indonesia

Being a year around tropical weather, Bali offers a comfortable climate with a drizzle of rain during January. This forecast can change as January ends. January is quite happening in Bali. Hence it is the busiest and crowded time as travellers flock for a sunny Christmas and bit of tropical sunshine away from harsh winters of the western world. Bali is also an ideal place for couples and families to spend some quality time together during season’s holidays. The beautiful beaches are perfect for a serene romantic dinner by the shores overlooking a gorgeous sunset. Bali’s sprawling green rice terraces, rustic temples, food and cultural scene are worth experiencing.  If you are an adventure lover, gear up for some water sports action as Bali gives you ample opportunities to scuba dive, surf, and snorkel. Whether it’s a romantic holiday, a wellness sojourn, an adrenaline spiking experience or simply a trip to get in touch with nature, Bali offers something for every genre of traveller.

5. Halong Bay, Vietnam:

Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay’s picturesque landscapes are one of the main reasons for its popularity among travellers. January in Halong Bay means misty mornings which later clear out to blue skies. The weather is pleasant to take a cruise down the Bay and explore the incredible scenic vistas of limestone karst jutting out of the water. Being wintertime, you get to join in on Halong Bay’s zeal, bustling with activities for the festive season. You can even book an overnight stay at a luxury cruise that gives you comfortable accommodation along with beautiful views of Halong Bay and beyond. This is a great way to explore the local life, discover caves and enjoy kayaking in calm waters.

6. Sultanate of Oman :

Sultanate of Oman
Sultanate of Oman

Oman in January is far better than any other time of the year. With the weather timid and cooler, you can go sightseeing without being concerned about the sweltering heat. Muscat – Oman’s capital city is by far the most popular holiday destinations to visit in Oman. But that is just a gist of what you can experience in this exotic country.  Oman has destinations brimming with historic remnants, deserts, mountain ranges and beautiful beaches. Among its popular places to visit, the Al Hajar Mountains offers an ideal spot for off beaten mountain adventures, Wahiba Sand dunes lets you explore the delights of desert adventures and the Musandam fjords will amaze you with its breathtaking beauty.

7. Negombo, Sri Lanka:

Negombo, Sri Lanka
Negombo, Sri Lanka


Being on the west coast of Sri Lanka, Negombo enjoys pleasant weather and sunshine in January. Less crowded compared to the capital city of Colombo, Negombo is known for its beaches and European colonial ambiances. Being 10km away from the international airport, Negombo is easily accessible and offers a relaxing break amid coastal ambiance. Negombo beach, colonial sights of Galle along with a scrumptious Sri Lankan seafood palette indulgence are some of the experiences you should not miss while you are here.

8. Goa, India:

Goa, India
Goa, India

Goa is synonymous with relaxed living and fun. The days are spent lazing around while the nights are alive with good food and partying. Goa transports you to a realm totally contrast to any other destination in India. Here, you can lounge around and lose yourself in frenzied vibes of Goa nightlife. January is peak season here, hence tourist spots can be crowded but it is totally worth to be in Goa during Christmas and New Year’s Eve. It is impossible to match the nightlife and easy-going lifestyle of Goa with anywhere else in India. Spend the day exploring the Portuguese churches and heritage sites, Soak up the sun at the beaches, go shopping and delve into lip-smacking Goan seafood delicacies. Towards the end of the day, chill out with a cocktail at the seashore, watching mesmerizing views of the sun setting on the horizon. The rest of the night is a lively affair where you can have a joyous time you’re your friends.

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9. Luang Prabang, Laos:

Luang Prabang, Laos
Luang Prabang, Laos

Set in Northern Laos, right at the confluence of  Mekong River and the Nam Khan  River,  Luang Prabang takes you to a world steeped in culture, nature, and history. The breathtaking blend of traditional architecture and European influence gave Luang Prabang town the recognition of UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site’s impressive collection of heritage structures and temples covered in colourful intricate mosaics are a real treat to visit. The tropical climate in January feels refreshing for nature expeditions. A tranquil excursion to the Kuang Si Falls, Tat Sae Waterfalls, and Pak Ou Caves feels refreshing and gets you close to nature.

10. Langkawi, Malaysia:

Langkawi, Malaysia
Langkawi, Malaysia

Malaysia is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after travel destinations in
January. While Kuala Lumpur will be definitely on your list of places to visit in Malaysia, a visit to Langkawi will be a refreshing change from the bustling capital city. The sun shines warm and bright in Langkawi during
January. It is the best time to soak up some tropical sun and take a dip in azure waters at Langkawi beaches. Teeming with lush rainforests, white sandy beaches, azure waters, gorgeous waterfalls and rugged karst and caves, Langkawi makes an idyllic nature escape. Add a hint of adventure with Jet ski island hopping tour and Langkawi Sky cab rides to make the most of your experience in Langkawi this January.

11. Koh Lipe, Thailand:

Koh Lipe, Thailand
Koh Lipe, Thailand

With many of Thailand’s islands being swarmed by tourists, the focus of wanderers seeking for solitude and solace amid nature has shifted to lesser-known Thai isles. Koh Lipe is one of Thailand’s hidden gems where its turquoise waters, powdery white beaches, and brilliant blue skies will leave you mesmerized. Though Koh Lipe is high on demand among tourists, the island is far less commercialized as compared to other Thai islands. If you are seeking a quiet holiday this holiday season, Koh Lipe pretty much is the best vacation destination for you to enjoy an idyllic escape amid nature. There are plenty of water sports adventures to choose if you want to add a dash of adventure during your holiday. Koh Lipe has an amazing aquatic life and corals. You can even go snorkeling and scuba diving at the island’s enchanting underwater dive zones. 

12. Mauritius:

Mauritius
Mauritius

This gorgeous island country is not just another island destination. It is a treasure trove of diverse wilderness. The sun, sea, and sand are of course what attracts tourists to Mauritius. But while you are here, take the opportunity to witness the abundance of exotic wildlife. Take an expedition through a decades-old rainforest and you can spot rare wildlife such as Mauritius kestrel. Head to Le Morne where you can enjoy a swim with dolphins.  Enjoy a Casela Park Safari tour to view the big cats of Mauritius. Take a self-drive tour through the island, stop at scenic spots for photographs and enjoy Mauritius at your own pace. January is the best time for scuba diving and to explore the underwater world of Mauritius. If you are not keen to snorkel or scuba dive, you can opt for exciting submarine tours.

13. Maldives:

Maldives
Maldives

If there is heaven on earth, it has to be the Maldives. Where else in the world can you spend idyllic days in paradisiacal settings? Everything here seems serene and pure. The sandy white beaches stand starkly contrast to the aquamarine waters of Indian Ocean surrounding it. The solitude accentuated by the gentle lapping of the waves on the shore feels heavenly. All you want to do here is bask in the tropical sun and get pampered. For those who wish to be far away from the chaos of daily life would feel as if they have left reality far behind. Since January is peak season in the Maldives, the prices of accommodation and services would be expensive. However, visiting this destination is a once in a lifetime experience, so make the most of it. Splurge a bit, book an overwater villa and enjoy the spectacular panoramas of the cobalt ocean and blue skies. Get the best pampering in wellness and spa, indulge in exquisite Michelin starred restaurant’s gourmet cuisine,  go scuba diving, watch enigmatic sunsets –  Maldives gives you the ultimate indulgence experience with luxury right in the lap of pristine nature.

14. Cape Town, South Africa:

Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa

This port city of South Africa offers bright blue skies and warm sunshine days in January – perfect for outings on its many beaches for a refreshing dip. At Boulder beach, watch a colony of penguins waddle around freely. While you are not basking in the sun at the beach, head to the top of Table Mountain on an exhilarating cable car ride. Check out the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden which has a  stunning treetop canopy walkway that weaves its way through the thick woodlands. The Cape Winelands are just a short drive away from the city where you can sample some of the finest wines of South Africa. The city is known for a happening nightlife and has an interesting array of trendy bars and eclectic restaurants. 

15. Kenya:

Kenya in December
Source: Kenya in December

While the whole world is flocking to beach destinations and stylish cities to spend the holiday season, why not take an unusual destination to spend Christmas and New Year. Kenya is known for its wildlife viewing, but the country goes beyond just safari tours. Inarguably, if you are visiting the country, it would be disappointing to miss a wildlife safari. But once you have done that, head to Nairobi – the capital city of Kenya which is also a cosmopolitan hub with lots of recreational activities and nightlife to enjoy. A trip to Mombasa is sure to change your perspective of Kenya being known for safaris and game drives. Rich with coral and marine life, Mombasa is an ideal place for snorkeling in January.

16. Hong Kong & Macau:

Hong Kong and Macau
Hong Kong and Macau

If shopping, luxury lifestyle and entertainment are what you are looking for this January, Hong Kong and Macau will prove their worth as the best place to visit in the world for fun, shopping, and leisure. Splurge all you can! A luxury stays at world-class hotels, indulging in spa treatments, savoring in world-class cuisine in finest restaurants is a great way to bid goodbye to this year. The dazzling cities at night are teeming with night markets and malls where you can eat as you please, relish lip-smacking cuisine and shop till you drop.

17. Singapore:

Singapore
Singapore

The tiny speckle at the end of the Malay Peninsula is a country that packs a plethora of world-class attractions. There won’t be a single dull moment while you are in Singapore. The Sentosa Island, Resort World Sentosa and Universal Studios Singapore provide an array of exciting rides and recreational entertainments. Discover how Singapore is transforming into a nature city with its innovative creations such as Gardens By the Bay and Night Safari.  Beyond the shores of Singapore lies untouched islands that offer spectacular beaches shrouded in lush forests. January brings in the festive flair and hoards of events that add extravagance to these impressive sights and attractions of Singapore. 

18. Bhutan:

Bhutan
Bhutan

The fresh mountain air, snow-covered terrains and the holistic aura of Bhutan, everything exudes bliss. Though January will be cold and many areas will be covered in snow, the charm of Bhutan – the rustic shrines against the white snowy landscape feels enchanting. Another advantage is that you can get really good accommodation options and services at really low prices in January. The scenic green valleys,  meandering rivers with a backdrop of majestic snow-covered mountains feels rejuvenating to the soul. Being steeped in culture, the holistic ambiance feels divine and soothing. If you are looking for a journey that lets you appreciate life and become mindful, Bhutan is the place to be.

19. Boracay Islands, Philippines:

Boracay Islands, Philippines
Boracay Islands, Philippines

January is one of the cooler months in the Philippines and Boracay Islands offer the right dose of nature and adventure to its visitors to enjoy a joyous holiday. Renowned for its white sandy beaches, Boracay Islands will sweep you off your feet with its astounding natural beauty. The waters are rich in aquatic life that provides an ideal zone to go exploring the underwater world on a snorkeling or scuba diving trip. Get on a boat and explore different beaches of the island such as Puka Beach, Tambisaan Beach to name a few. Gear up for an adventurous day at the beach by taking the opportunity to try some exciting watersports such as parasailing, paraw sailing, and cliff diving.

20. Perhentian Islands, Malaysia:

Perhentian Islands, Malaysia
Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

Perhentian islands are so heavenly that it is very easy to spend your time doing nothing at all. Time just slows down and you get to live like an islander. While you are in Perhentian Island, the urge to never go back to real life would be tempting. The ethereal cerulean waters and idle beaches put you under a bewitching spell. Start your day at the beach, take a dip in the crystal waters, dive beneath the surface for a tour of the underwater world on scuba diving sessions, delve on a delicious assortment of seafood, watch a serene sunset and spend the night in the vibes of island nightlife. Perhentian Islands act as a salve to the soul to heal from the real-life chaos and routines. Once you are here, you feel rejuvenated and energetic and will surely miss the place once your holiday gets over.  Being a part of Malaysia, all you need is a properly planned Malaysian holiday itinerary and Malaysia visa and you are sorted for a refreshing vacation.

All over the world, January is synonymous with celebration. People all over the world search for good vacation spotsto plan their holidays for Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebration. For those who would like to spend the holiday season with their loved ones in quaint tropical settings, these destinations offer a stunning assortment of experiences to enjoy serene vacations. Usually, January is peak season for most of the countries in the world due to Christmas and New Year. Hence most of the places listed would be on peak seasons where prices may surge. But the festive season also brings in best deals and complimentary offers on most of the accommodation options and services.  This January, opt for places to travel that bring in warmth and relaxation during the January festive season.

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