By Megan Millisky
Want to escape the January chill? Go to Bangkok! The weather there hovers in the 90-degree range during winter, making it the perfect destination to dodge the cold! Discover what makes Bangkok unique like vendors selling traditional Thai food at the Tha Kha Floating Market. You can go to a tango marathon or a motorbike festival. There are so many options for excitement on your Thailand adventure!
1. Bangkok Motorbike Festival
This annual festival brings in over 200,000 visitors each year! From January 15-19, head to CentralWorld to discover everything about motorbikes. See bikes from major brands, apparel, accessories, and much more.
2. Chinese New Year Celebration in Bangkok
January 24-25, plan a trip to Yaowaraj, Bangkok’s Chinatown. Chinese New Year is a huge celebration here, with colorful lanterns, puppets, music, and more. Dragon puppets and acrobats will be roaming the streets, and Thai royalty attends the festivities too!
3. Whiskey Live
Find your new favorite whiskey at Whiskey Live. From January 31-February 1, sample whiskeys from Thailand and all over the world. Head to the Lumphini district in the heart of Bangkok for this terrific festival.
4. Japan Expo Thailand
The sixth annual Japan Expo is one of Bangkok’s most anticipated events. From January 31-February 2, visitors can learn about Japanese entertainment, art, fashion, sports, and more.
5. Visit the Grand Palace
Thailand’s Grand Palace should earn a spot on your bucket list. This palace, built in 1782, is home to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The site is open through January. Visitors are also encouraged to walk through the courtyards full of murals and mosaics.
6. LOST in Bangkok
January 10-12, get lost in the music at this psychedelic dance party! Over ten different DJs will be playing music throughout the event. The dance will be hosted in the Bang Rak district, located close to many of Bangkok’s other popular attractions.
7. Bangkok Tango Marathon
The Bangkok Tango Marathon kicks off January 10-12. Dancers will be grooving to the music at five milongas, or parties, which last late into the night. Snacks and beverages will be provided at each milonga.
8. Monday Fight Night
Head to Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium for Monday Fight Night! Cheer on fights between skilled boxers. There will be nine rounds of Muay Thai boxing on January 6.
Address: Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium
9. Tha Kha Floating Market
For a memorable way to explore Bangkok, visit Tha Kha Floating Market. Vendors sell food from their boats, so you can try fresh fruit and delicious local cuisine. Through January, the floating market is generally open from 6 AM to 12 PM.
10. Visit Wat Benchamabophit
Through January, visit one of Bangkok’s most popular attractions - Wat Benchamabophit. This ancient temple, built in 1899, is made of marble. Monks gather at the temple early each morning, and there are sometimes candle-lighting ceremonies at night.