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I know a really weird place to chose for the month of January, But Myanmar or Burma is actually a place you need to be in January (Little Rains, Lots of Sun and a Nice kind of Warmth!)
From its pagodas and temples in the misty mountains, where the Himalayas begin, to it’s blissful, never-knew-existed tropical islands, this place is go-to for January…
Yes, I know it’s peak season, but the mayhem of the Christmas and New Year parties are over; Bangkok is just about as pleasant as it’s ever going to get, and the islands on the south-western, Andaman Coast are just lovely: Koh Phi Phi, Phuket, Koh Lanta.
Over on the east side, the islands of Koh Samui, Phangan, and Tao are wetter – if you’re heading here, best to wait a couple of months till March; but still, those monsoon-like rains blow in, pour themselves out, then an hour later everyone’s back on the beach.
Thailand is heavenly in January.
SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA
San Jose, Costa Rica has fantastic weather all January. Yes, this is a time when backpackers head to here, especially during the first week of the month, but there are many areas from which to choose so the crowds will be spread out.
The beaches along the Pacific are better for surfing while the ones along the Caribbean are less crowded and better for relaxing and sunbathing. The center of the country is loaded with national parks plus active sights like zip-lining and canopy tours, and the Arenal Volcano is a huge draw in spite of its frequent cloud cover. If you are looking for a more traditional resort scene you should start your search in the Tamarindo area, which is in the northwestern part of the country.
Nowhere else to go, I’d always prefer the incredibly popular Indian beach, GOA. Goa is quite popular during the Christmas time and through January so it’s quite crowded. Also since 2007, Goa holds the International Dance Music Festival named Sunburn on last days of December, so it’s heavily crowded through January.
That said, it’s still less crowded compared to any other sunshine destination in the world as long as you know where to go.
This is a large area and package hotels in some beach cities will actually show fairly expensive prices this time of year, but independent hotels not far away will still be very cheap.
For where to go in other months, keep checking the Holiday Calendar space >> Also write down your preferred place for a January holiday in the comments >>