When people talk about Asia, some of the first things we think about are the spectacular islands, crystal clear waters, beach parties or anything that you can incorporate into summer and tropical weather. January is an awesome - albeit overlooked - month to travel, and there are a number of exciting destinations in Asia to consider for your first trip of the year. Travel in Asia In December is also an excellent escape for the holidays.

With so many destinations to consider, we sought local expertise, ideal weather and looked at popular or noteworthy events and major hotel or restaurant openings to assemble our list of the top destinations to visit in Asia in January.  From island paradises to a charming riverside town, discover the best places to escape winter in Southeast Asia.

1. Krabi, Thailand

Thailand’s exotic beaches and jungle-clad islets are no secret. And the province of Krabi in southern Thailand is home to some of the most beautiful of them all. Boasting over 150 islands off its 120 kilometer-long coastline, Krabi spoils you for choice when it comes to finding your perfect winter destination. It is the most relaxing part to be in all of Thailand, it is a province that has the most stunning scenery imaginable, beautiful white beaches that stretch on for miles, a jungle and over 200 islands just of the coast.  But with white sands, turquoise waters and countless activities on offer, you’re guaranteed to have fun in the sun wherever you go.

2. Sapa

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Skyscanner, a global metasearch engine, has just named Sapa in Vietnam the number one place among six “New Year, New You” end-of-year winter destinations for a fabulous escape that won’t burn your pocket. The travel search engine suggested that you can trek around Sapa village, soaking in the culture, lifestyle and natural beauty of this town in winter to feel fresh like new. There’s cable car you can ride to the summit of Fansipan Mountain. To top it all off, take pretty photos of the spectacular European style architecture on the lake in the center of the town.

3. Nha Trang, Vietnam


Nha Trang is considered as one of the most beautiful bays in the world with beautiful blue beaches. Nha Trang has warm and sunny atmosphere year round, the average temperature from December to February is about 23-24 degrees. Weather is cool and pleasant so many tourists choose this place for their vacation. Nha Trang offers not only beaches but also bar and restaurants all along the shore and a lot of activities on the beach such as para-sailing, bum-boat rides, jet ski and snorkeling and diving. Tourists can easily lose themselves in one of the luxury beachfront resorts for days, or come out for an adventure of scuba diving or water sports.

4. Palawan Island, Philippines


Palawan is an increasingly popular vacation destination in the Philippines. Probably because The Amazing Race season 3 shot a leg in El Nido, Palawan, people have come to realize what picturesque scenery the place has to offer. Palawan is famous for the gigantic and mesmerizing rock formations you can find there. This stunning small island has an astonishing number of natural attractions packed closely together. From idyllic beaches to a massive underground river, crystal-clear lagoons to shipwreck diving spot, you will never run out of sunny outdoor adventures in Palawan. There are basically three popular destinations in Palawan: Coron, El Nido, and Puerto Princessa.

5. Dubai, UAE


If you are looking for a city break in the sun, Dubai is a great choice as it only really experiences one season. Dubai is one marvelous city which is synonymous with art, architecture, and modern development as it has evolved from a dry desert to an epitome of modern infrastructure. Expect hot and dry weather year-round, however from November to March the heat is a little less fierce, making this a great time to unwind on the city’s fantastic beaches. As a vacation spot, Dubai easily trumps ol\’ Sin City thanks to its gorgeous cream-colored Persian Gulf shoreline, international culinary scene and larger-than-life attractions. However, there are countless options for spending your time in Dubai. Beyond the city’s gleaming skyscrapers and palm-shaped islands, you’ll find historic buildings and colorful souks to explore.