Chiang Mai Weather in January


Season: Dry Season

The weather of Chiang Mai in January is comparatively cool, with the temperature hovering between 14-29℃(57-84℉). It is even cooler in the surrounding mountainous areas than in downtown. The monthly rainfall in total is only around 8mm. Even though, the air is not dry at all, with the humidity of 66%. As a whole, January is one of the best months to visit Chiang Mai.

Averages for Chiang Mai Weather in January

Temperature: 22°C / 72°F
High Temperature: 29°C / 84°F
Low Temperature: 14°C / 57°F
Humidity: 66%
Rainfall: 8 mm
Rainy Day: 1 day
Sunrise: 06:57 ~ 06:58
Sunset: 17:58 ~ 18:17

What to Wear in Chiang Mai in January

Although it’s the chilly winter in many parts of Northern Hemisphere, the weather of Chiang Mai in January does not allow any thick clothes. Short-sleeve t-shirt and light pants or shorts are the first choices of many males while dresses are recommended to females. To visit the nearby mountains, a thin overcoat is needed. Sunhat and sunglasses are also advised in your luggage list. As for shoes, both flip-flops and breathable sneakers are good. 

When visiting temples, sleeveless upper garment and shorts or dress above kneels are prohibited. 
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Top Places to Go in Chiang Mai in January

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Chiang Mai is an ancient city and the no.1 site to visit there is the Chiang Mai Old City. It was initially built in 1926 as the capital of Lanna-Thai Dynasty. Till today, partial city wall, city gates, moat and many temples are well preserved there. Among the various temples inside, Wat Phra Singh is the biggest. The beautiful murals are highlights, from which one can learn some folk customs and clothes of ancient Chiang Mai people. Thapae Gate, the east gate of the old city, is currently the best-preserved one. It has been a landmark of Chgiang Mai and there are many visitors feeding pigeons there. On each Sunday, the night market starting from the gate is a lively place to taste various local snacks and shop for distinctive handicrafts. If time permits, you may also make a side trip to Elephant Nature Park to intimate with the giant but friendly animals. 
- Last updated on Mar. 06, 2023 by Brenda Lian -