Chinese New Year, or as it is known in China - the Spring Festival, is the main event of the month. This takes place not only in China, but in all Chinese communities around Asia, especially in Singapore and Malaysia. It’s the most important celebration in the calendar for Chinese people, with family members traveling back to their hometown to join loved ones for the holidays. Falling on January 28 in 2017, bright colors and 10 days of non-stop celebrations mark this auspicious, energy-fueled event. Travelers can join joyous processions, explore seasonal markets, watch riveting lion dances and share in the jubilant atmosphere. During this time, families participate in long-standing customs and traditions such as cleaning and decorating the house, purchasing new clothes and gifts and having big family dinners.
Vietnamese New Year is known as TET and is the most important event in Vietnamese culture. It is usually celebrated on the same day as Chinese New Year. We would advise booking well in advance if you do want to travel at this time.
It’s also the Lunar New Year and the largest festival for Nagas on January 15. All Naga tribes in Myanmar and some in India, send delegations to this occasion making it the perfect opportunity to see variety of Naga people in one place.
From January 5 to February 25, 2017, travelers can experience the world's largest ice festival in China’s Harbin city which attracts artists and ice sculpting experts from all over the world.
January is the perfect time for snow sports in Japan and China and one of the best periods to travel in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar) as the weather is mostly sunny and dry. Consider trekking in Myanmar’s Shan state (Inle Lake, Hsipaw and Kyaing Tong, Putao) – taking advantage of the cooler air. This month Singapore and Malaysia experience their monsoon while in the stunning Raja Ampat national park in Indonesia – you will find perfect climatic conditions to enjoy the world’s most stunning marine life.