24 days in China, Philippines & Thailand Itinerary

24 days in China, Philippines & Thailand Itinerary

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24 days in China, Philippines & Thailand Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  16​h
1
Beijing, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Shanghai, China
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Hong Kong, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
4
Puerto Princesa, Philippines
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Bangkok, Thailand
— 7 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Brisbane, Australia

3
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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mutianyu Great Wall, ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven, take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), and admire the striking features of The Palace Museum.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Beijing trip itinerary planning tool .

Brisbane, Australia to Beijing is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to China Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Brisbane in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Beijing: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Mon), examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), then take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), then enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Bund (Wai Tan). On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) and then admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Shanghai day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Shanghai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in Shanghai. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)

3
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Hong Kong is known for shopping, theme parks, parks, nature, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), examine the collection at Sam Tung Uk Museum, head off the coast to Lantau island, and don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hong Kong sightseeing website .

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in May, expect Hong Kong to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Puerto Princesa.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

6
nights
Puerto Princesa, Philippines

Puerto Princesa ©
A convenient place to stay when exploring the island, the city of Puerto Princesa sits on the coast in the center of the landmass.
Puerto Princesa is known for nature, wildlife, shopping, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Tubbataha Reef, stop by Baker's Hill, enjoy the sand and surf at Nagtabon Beach, and explore the activities along Babuyan River.

Plan a Puerto Princesa trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Puerto Princesa in 8 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Puerto Princesa

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Princesa Underground River ©
Puerto Princesa Underground River
Tubbataha Reef ©
Tubbataha Reef
Honda Bay ©
Honda Bay

7
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bangkok: Pattaya (Walking Street Pattaya & The Sanctuary Of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum)), Ayutthaya (Wat Mahathat & Historic City of Ayutthaya) and Ancient City (in Samut Prakan). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), examine the collection at Jim Thompson House, and meet the residents at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Bangkok trip planner.

Fly from Puerto Princesa to Bangkok in 7 hours. Traveling from Puerto Princesa to Bangkok, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Pattaya, Ayutthaya, Ancient City
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

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