January 2024

Traditional Celebrations

Explore the cultures of the minorities in Thailand's Doi Tung through their food, local performances and handmade products. Don't miss the opportunity to taste the freshly brewed Doi Tung coffee. Festivals take place every Saturday and Sunday throughout January.

The Red Lotus Sea Festival (11-13 Jan, Thailand) celebrates a sea of lotus flowers that bloom at the beginning of the year. Lotus flowers blanket the water as local boatmen carve narrow channels through the pink petals to let small boats pass through.

Thaipusam (25 Jan, Singapore) is a highly symbolic Hindu festival celebrated by Singapore’s Tamil community with large, colorful annual procession. Starting in the early morning hours, the first devotees carry milk, pots and wooden kavidas with some piercing their tongues with skewers.

International Events

An iconic race through the streets of Ho Chi Minh City now in its 11th year. The HCMC Marathon (14 Jan, Vietnam) includes multiple variations with everything from the full marathon to a shorter 5km fun run.

The Grand Sumo Tournament (14-28 Jan, Japan) provides the opportunity to watch the heavyweights in action at one of Japan's most prestigious sumo events. This event takes place at Kokugikan in Tokyo.

The 19th Royal Langkawi International Regatta will be held on Langkawi Island (15-20 Jan, Malaysia)

Singapore Art Week (19-28 Jan, Singapore) celebrates visual arts with fairs, gallery openings, lifestyle exhibitions, and public art walks. The week is led by the National Arts Council in partnership with STB and SEDB.

Now in its fourth year, the Vietnam Trail Series (20 Jan, Vietnam) follows the Vietnam Mountain Marathon in Sapa and Pu Luong’s Vietnam Jungle Marathon. The Vietnam Trail Marathon is an opportunity to discover the hidden trails of Moc Chau.

The Hong Kong Marathon (21 Jan, Hong Kong) has grown from just 1,000 competitors in 1997 to tens of thousands in recent years. A full marathon, half marathon and 10 km run takes competitors past some of the best urban scenery Asia’s world city has to offer.

The 27th Bay Regatta (31 Jan - 04 Feb, Thailand) is a celebration started by a group of Phuket-based sailing enthusiasts and a photographer who wished to showcase the stunning beauty of the Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi seascapes.