12 days in China & Thailand Itinerary

12 days in China & Thailand Itinerary

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12 days in China & Thailand Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Shanghai, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
3
Patong, Thailand
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 45​min
4
Beijing, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles, United States

2
nights
Shanghai, China

Shanghai ©
With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Shanghai trip itinerary maker site .

Los Angeles, USA to Shanghai is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles to Shanghai, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 72°F in Shanghai. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession

2
nights
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, then explore the ancient world of Wat Pho, and then enjoy breathtaking views from State Tower. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, then make a trip to Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakarn, and finally wander the streets of Khao San Road.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bangkok day trip website .

You can fly from Shanghai to Bangkok in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from China Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Shanghai in October; daily highs in Bangkok reach 90°F and lows reach 77°F. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Fri) before leaving for Patong.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Tours Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Jim Thompson House ©
Jim Thompson House

3
nights
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Relax by the water at Patong Beach and Kata Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Big Buddha Phuket and Patong Inn Art. Step out of Patong to go to Krabi Town and see Krabi Elephant Sanctuary, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stroll through Karon Beach, and look for gifts at P & C Jewelry.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Patong day trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Bangkok to Patong in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Patong

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Karon, Big Buddha Phuket, Krabi Elephant Sanctuary
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach
Big Buddha Phuket ©
Big Buddha Phuket

2
nights
Beijing, China

Beijing ©
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
On the 8th (Tue), get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven and then get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dong Yue Miao (Dongyue Temple) and then see Mutianyu Great Wall.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Beijing road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Patong to Beijing in 11 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Patong to Beijing is 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Patong in October: high temperatures in Beijing hover around 66°F and lows are around 45°F. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Temple of Heaven ©
Temple of Heaven

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