January Weather Averages for Langkawi, Malaysia
January is one of the warmer, drier months of the year for Langkawi. During this month, the daily average high temperature for the island edges up to the 33°C mark during the day, with a relatively pleasant 23°C expected during the cooler evening hours. An overall monthly average of 28°C gradually increases throughout the month, peaking during one of the warmest months of the year, February. At this time of year, expect very little cloud coverag...
January is one of the warmer, drier months of the year for Langkawi. During this month, the daily average high temperature for the island edges up to the 33°C mark during the day, with a relatively pleasant 23°C expected during the cooler evening hours. An overall monthly average of 28°C gradually increases throughout the month, peaking during one of the warmest months of the year, February. At this time of year, expect very little cloud coverage and a low probability of rainfall during the day – with the odd, short-lived downpour occurring during late afternoons/evenings. Due to the relatively small size of Langkawi Island, there is minimal temperature difference observed between different parts of the island.
Early January, the daily average temperature alternates semi-daily, between 28°C and 29°C, this daily average then plateaus at 29°C between the 2nd week of January and 3rd week of January. Between the 24th and the 31st of January, the daily average temperature alternates between 29°C and 30°C. The coolest daily averages of January are experienced during the first week of January, with the warmest averages experienced during the last week.
The dry season in Langkawi occurs between December and April and during this month rainfall is scarce with an average of 50mm, and only 9 rain days expected in January. Daily sunshine averages at a respectable 8 hours per day. Lots of sunshine and minimal rain present you the best opportunity to get out and about exploring, or simply lazing around at the beach.
The probability of rainfall decreases throughout the month of January, during the lead up to the driest month of the year, February. Most rain that does occur during this period is short lived downpours, these tend to occur in the late afternoon/early evening and very rarely extend beyond a few hours of rain, so even when you encounter rain it will not disrupt your trip too much.
Average sea temperatures in Langkawi do not fluctuate to a high degree. An average sea temperature of 29°C is expected in January and will offer some degree of relief from the relatively higher air temperature so swimming will be enjoyable. By comparison to the rest of the year, January's average sea temperature is similar to that experienced between October and March.
Where to stay
Favehotel Cenang Beach
The Favehotel Cenang Beach is a budget hotel in close proximity to both Pantai Cenang beach (approx. 5-7 min. walk) and Pantai Tengah (approx. 5 min. walk). The beach proximity is an important consideration during this warm/dry part of the year as beach days during January will easily outnumber days spent indoors! Standard & Superior Rooms are available depending on your preference.
All rooms include: single/double beds, air conditioning, showers, linen & towels, cable/satellite TV, telephone, room safe, free WIFI access and laundry facilities. A basic breakfast is included in the room rate. Facilities on site: Coffee shop, swimming pool and rooftop sundeck, spa, convenience store (8.30 am - 9.00 pm), free WIFI throughout the whole hotel, meeting rooms. The Favehotel is surrounded by a variety of cheap eateries and restaurants, providing a diverse range of cuisines. Cenang mall is also in walking distance as are souvenir shops.
The Danna Langkawi is a newly established hotel, located in Telaga Harbour. Surroundings include a white sandy beach, a Marina, and hills covered in tropical rainforest. The harbour area is inspired to look Mediterranean, this is especially noticeable by night once lit up. Close by, guests have easy access to a number of restaurants, bistros and art stores. A number of souvenir shops are also in the area.
A selection of Bars and Restaurants are on site or in room dining can be requested. The hotel features most mod cons such as: TV, Minibar, in room safe, Free Wi-Fi and En-suite with shower and bath. Swimming pool and gym access is provided to guests, and a spa is also available. Room sizes range from 60 sq. m (Merchant), up to a very impressive 600 sq. m (the Royal Imperial Suite).
Hit the beach
Pantai Cenang is the islands most popular beach. With swaying palm trees, turquoise-blue waters and endless activities on offer for you to try, there is something for everyone at all times of day. During the midday hours when the daily temperature average creeps up towards its peak, you may find some refuge in the cooler ocean waters, or by relaxing in the shade at any one of the many restaurant and bars in the area. Hotels and restaurants along the beach front may also provide sun shade (umbrellas) for their patrons use.
Eating and Drinking Out
La Sal Restaurant
Langkawi features a plethora of great local eateries. La Sal Restaurant for example, is an excellent choice offering both international and local cuisine. Dining locations within the restaurant include an upper deck, Patio, Beach dining and a pool bar. The outdoor setting helps you make the most of the cool and clear night skies expected in January, whilst enjoying a meal and/or cocktail.
MY French Factory Restaurant
MY French Factory Restaurant, located in Pantai Cenang, is a popular spot for tourists who are looking for a little French influence in Langkawi. Serving up crepes and other French delicacies, those who have a sweet tooth or are perhaps craving some exquisite desert options will not leave disappointed. Regularly given high reviews, MY French Factory is a must visit restaurant if you are in the area.
Things to do
Langkawi Sailing Regatta
During January the Langkawi Sailing Regatta takes place, if you enjoy yachting and being in the company of other fellow sailors, this is the month to visit the Island. The warm, sunny weather with mild breezes make January an ideal month to spend out on the water. Minimal rain and warm seas make the sailing experience that much more enjoyable. However, if you prefer propeller power over sail power, consider trying a Jet Ski tour.
If you are affected by sea sickness and would rather keep your feet on terra firma, other enjoyable outdoor activities include: golfing at any of the three world class golf courses in Langkawi; or going inland and exploring with a number of tour groups offering day trips and trekking.