Krabi Weather January Averages, Thailand
- Temperature 27°C 81°F
- High Temperature 32°C 90°F
- Low Temperature 22°C 72°F
- Day Temperature 27.7°C 82°F
- Night Temperature 26°C 79°F
- Sunshine Hours 8 hours
- Rainfall 15 mm
- Rainfall Days 3 days
- Sea Temperature 28°C 82°F
What's the Weather like in Krabi in January
The temperatures vary very little throughout the year in Krabi, Thailand, although January is usually the coldest month. At this time of year, the average temperature for the province starts off at 26.5°C (made up of highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C) which steadily rises up to 27.5°C (highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C) by the end of the month.
Even though it only happens on an average of once every ten days, temperatures can sometimes rise above 33°C and fall below 21°C in Krabi in January. The highest temperature ever recorded in the province during this month is 36°C, whilst the coldest temperature ever recorded here at this time of year is 21°C.
Since this month is the coldest time of the year for Krabi, January is perfect for travellers who really want to visit Thailand, but can't stand the heat, since this is about as cool as it gets. If you prefer your holiday destinations to be a bit hotter, consider visiting Krabi in February or March, when the average high temperatures are around 33°C.Whichever month you choose to visit Krabi, you'll need to bring plenty of light and airy clothing with you, plus suntan cream, sunglasses and hats to avoid sunburn and heatstroke.
Across the month, Krabi receives 32mm/1 inch of rainfall over three rainy days, making it one of the driest months of the year. The probability of precipitation starts off at 36% on January 1st and decreases down to 35% by January 11th and 29% by January 26th, which means the end of the month is the best time to go if you want to avoid rainfall. The most common types of precipitation you can expect to see in Krabi in January are light rain (50%), moderate rain (26%), thunderstorms (18%) and heavy rain (6%).
Throughout January, Krabi enjoys an average of eight hours of sunshine each day, alongside median cloud cover which ranges between 60% (partly cloudy) and 72% (partly cloudy). January 1st is usually the cloudiest day of the month, when the sky is only clear 3% of the time, whilst January 31st tends to be the clearest day of the month, when the sky is clear 35% of the time. With this in mind, if you plan on doing a lot of sunbathing during your holiday in Krabi, your best bet is to go toward the end of the month.
Just like the average temperature, the average sea temperature in Krabi hardly changes at all throughout the year. In January, it's 28°C, which is more than warm enough to enjoy a dip whether or not the sky's clear.
Thanks to its tropical climate, Krabi stays humid all-year-round. In January, the relative humidity falls between 46% (comfortable) and 92% (very humid), rarely reaching as high as 98% (very humid) or dropping below 39% (comfortable). The air tends to be at its driest around January 31st, when the relative humidity falls below 50% (comfortable) three days out of every four. On the other hand, the air is often at its most humid around January 1st, when it rises above 90% (very humid) three days out of every four.
Krabi rarely experiences any high winds in January. During this month, typical wind speeds fluctuate between 1 m/s (light air) and 5 m/ s (gentle breeze), rarely going over 6 m/s (moderate breeze). The highest average wind speed of 3 m/s (light breeze) occurs around January 22nd, when the average daily maximum is 5 m/s. At the other end of the scale, lowest average wind speed of 2 m/s (light breeze) happens around January 1st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 4 m/s (gentle breeze).
Krabi Hotels in January
Ban Sainai Resort in Ao Nang has been rated as one of the best hotels in Krabi. Surrounded by tropical coconut groves and greenery, this resort offers visitors the chance to enjoy the lifestyle of the locals in natural, lush surroundings. Accommodation is available in the form of nine cliff cottages with shower, nine coconut cottages with bath and shower, two pond cottages with large bath and shower, three Sainai cottages with Jacuzzi and shower and two family cottages with connecting doors. There is a large saltwater swimming pool, daily shuttle service to Ao Nang beach, onsite restaurant and free WiFi access available for guests.
If you'd rather be close to the beach, consider staying at Sand Sea Resort. Located just a stone's throw away from Railay Beach, this hotel is made up of superior bungalows, deluxe bungalows, grand deluxe buildings and junior suite cottages, each of which comes with satellite TV and air conditioning. The swimming pool and onsite restaurant (which serves Thai, Chinese and Western cuisine) both overlook the beach, as do several of the accommodation options. Thanks to its beachside location, Sand Sea Resort offers four different boat and kayak excursions to nearby islands, as well as an hourly boat service to Krabi Town.
The Small Hotel is another top pick for holidaymakers who want to be close to the beach. Nestled in between Ao Nang and Noppharatthara beaches, this hotel boasts an Asian chic style in its architecture and furniture. Six different rooms and suites are available, all of which feature contemporary Thai design, WiFi access and air conditioning. There is a rooftop swimming pool onsite with swim-up bar, all-day restaurant which serves Thai specialities and international dishes, spa with massage services and guests have access to the fitness centre at the Krabi La Playa Resort sister hotel, only one minute's walk away.
For a boutique hotel in Krabi, you can't beat Alisea. This adults-only hotel is situated in an enclave of Ao Nang beach, providing easy access to a wealth of bars, cafes and restaurants. The resort prides itself on being a magical, fairytale-inspired place, with tropical green surroundings, specialist Thai spa, Asian restaurants, BeaniPlex private cinema, infinity pool and Andamana Beach Club. Accommodation is provided in the form of superior rooms, loft suites and honeymoon suites, each of which features WiFi access, rain shower and air conditioning.
Krabi Beach for January
Ao Nang Beach is one of the cleanest and unspoilt in Krabi, known for being lined by a huge limestone cliff which provides some much-needed shade when the sun is in the right position. The white and soft sand is lined by calm, shallow waters providing the ideal environment for young children to play in. There are also 17 open-air massage shacks available along the beach, in addition to the Last Fisherman Bar and Restaurant which is a great location to grab a drink and watch the sunset. If you get bored, you can have a go at kayaking or sign up for one of the many boat trips which visit the 83 island accessible from Ao Nang Beach.
Hat Noppharat Thara is the second largest beach in Ao Nang and features a 3km stretch of white sand alongside very shallow waters perfect for children to play in, similar to that of Ao Nang Beach. During the week, the beach is practically deserted, but on a weekend, it's incredibly popular amongst local families, so be selective of when you go. You can dine at several open-air restaurants scattered along the beach and there are speedboats available to hire which you can use to get to the surrounding islands, some of which can even be reached on foot if the tide is very low.
Neither of these beaches offer sun loungers or parasols, so bring your own chairs and shade if you think you'll need them.
Bars and Restaurants
Satisfy your sushi craving at Faa's Sushi House. This popular restaurant serves Japanese cuisine in the form of set sushi platters, starting off with small 12-piece sets up to huge 43-piece sets. An a la carte sushi and sashimi menu is also available if a platter is just too much food for you. If you visit between 11am and 10pm, you'll get to enjoy free miso soup when you order your meal.
Chalita Café & Restaurant is located on Chao Fa Road and serves a selection of traditional Thai dishes, as well as pizza and pasta options, although the Thai menu choices are said to be the best. The food and drink prices are very reasonable, considering the high quality of the dishes, wine and service, and the pleasant relaxed music is a nice change from the many noisy bars in the area.
Amy's Bar has been voted one of the best in the whole of Ao Nang in Krabi. Focused on three main aspects drinking, dancing and live sports the bar provides indoor and outdoor seating, more than 20 hostesses and two large HDTVs which offer 15 different sports channels. The drinks menu covers everything from local and imported beers and shots to handcrafted cocktails made to order.
For something a bit quieter, check out Dream Bar. Also located in Ao Nang, this bar is run by an English-speaking woman who has set her drink prices cheaper than the surrounding bars, making it great for travellers on a budget. There is a variety of family-friendly games, such as Connect 4 and Jenga, to keep the kids happy, plus a computer with internet access which is available for customers to use.
Things to do in Krabi in January
Tiger Cave Temple is one of the most popular attractions in Krabi. Located 8km north of Krabi Town and open 24/7, this temple is surrounded by forest and built into a long limestone cave. The highlight of the temple is the unusual decoration skeletons, skulls and detailed images of human entrails are found all over. The large troop of monkeys which lives within the Tiger Cave Temple provide the attraction with a more light-hearted atmosphere. There are several walks which you can follow through the temple and around the grounds, one of which is made up of 1,200 steps and will take you up to a height of 600m above sea level, where you'll stand face-to-face with a gilded Buddha statue.
If you've got some time to spare in Krabi Town, visit the unique sculptures. Located along Utarakit Road by the river, the two giant metal sculptures are known as Sea Crab and White-Bellied Sea Eagle. The Sea Crab symbolises the fertility of the mangrove forests whilst the White-Bellied Sea Eagle symbolises knowledge, responsibility, self-sufficiency and consideration for others.
Krabi Sunset Cruises are a great way to see the local area. On this excursion, you'll climb onboard one of the last sailing Siamese junks and head off to the surrounding islands where you can snorkel, sunbathe and enjoy a cocktail onboard. After you've had fun in the sun, a Thai-style dinner will be served as you sail back to Krabi. The cruses leave every day from Ao Nang and Railay at 3pm, returning to their departure point around five hours later.