It is the time where we crave a getaway and unfortunately spring is still a lifetime away. So, why not go on a holiday in January? the first month of the year is one of the quietest traveling months—which means great deals, cheap flights, and barely any crowds at some of the best destinations in the world. There are scores of people who don’t travel in January—those who have just come off a big holiday trip or those who don’t want to pull their children out of school in the beginning of a new year. But for those who can take the time (or plan ahead), it’s a wonderful month to put them into action. The weather is perfect – dry, warm, sunny – in the tropical Asian countries, but some are pretty and powdery in the snow; and everywhere is peaceful after the flurry of the holidays are over. It’s a strange sensation, to find oneself longing for January. Below, we have put up our best picks of Asian’s best places to go in January.
The weather is near perfect in Bali and great for fly-and-flop resort trips. If you like nothing more than to arrive at a gorgeous resort and be pampered all day long, Bali is your call. Getting a hotel room in Bali over the holiday season is just about impossible, but the crowds clear out in January. Explore the drop-dead gorgeous rice field scenery deep in Bali’s lush jungle in Ubud or simply go to every beutiful beaches Bali has to offer.
If you prefer to take advantage of the snowy winter in Asia, Iran has an unparalleled skiing city. Iran’s exquisitely tiled palaces and ancient ruins might hog the travel headlines, but if you’re planning a trip in January, you should be heading straight to hit the slopes in Dizin, just two hours from Tehran. Its high elevation means that ski season lasts until late May—much longer than comparable resorts in Europe. Stay at the ski-in, ski-out Dizin Hotel, which was originally built for the Shah. The atmosphere on the slopes tends to be relatively relaxed, with men and women equally sporting their ski gears.
Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital, is an enthralling historical city and the gateway to India’s most flamboyant state. The beloved and also free Jaipur Literary Festival takes place this month in the historic Diggi Palace Hotel, with headlines like Margaret Atwood, Steve McCurry and Stephen Fry. This historic, yet colourful city is a great home base to explore food and monuments.
It is another place in asia that beouteously covered in snow. Japanese identify this northern land with its wildlife and mountains, greenery and agriculture, snowy winters, chilled summers and arrow-straight roads disappearing into the horizon. Hokkaido is ideal for skiing in January. A bonus for ski buffs: holders of Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass also have access to the beautiful Niseko resort. Just make sure to do as the Japanese do, by following up a long day on the slopes with a soak in the onsen (hot spring).
Thailand is heavenly in January. After the mayhem of Christmas and New Year parties are over, Bangkok is just about as pleasant as it’s ever going to get. The islands on the south-western, Andaman Coast are just lovely—like Koh Phi Phi, Phuket, and Koh Lanta. Over on the east side, the islands of Koh Samui, Phangan and Tao are also perfect for this time of the year.