12 days in Asia Itinerary

12 days in Asia Itinerary

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12 days in Asia Itinerary

Cleveland, United States
Fly:  19​h
Beijing, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Shanghai, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  3​h 15​min
Bangkok, Thailand
— 1 night
Fly:  29​h
Cleveland, United States

3
days
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, sightseeing, trails, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Great Wall at Mutianyu, explore the historical opulence of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), pause for some photo ops at Bell and Drum Towers, and admire the landmark architecture of The Great Wall at Badaling.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Beijing trip itinerary builder.

Cleveland, USA to Beijing is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll lose 13 hours traveling from Cleveland to Beijing due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cleveland in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Beijing: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Shanghai.

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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
The Great Wall at Badaling ©
The Great Wall at Badaling
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, and then stroll through Century Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Bund (Wai Tan).

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Shanghai vacation builder.

You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Shanghai, with lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Siem Reap.

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Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)

2
days
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap ©
Once a small village in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap now serves as a gateway to the Angkor region's World Heritage-listed temple and other attractions.
On the 8th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Bayon Temple, then explore the ancient world of Angkor Thom, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banteay Srei. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat and then delve into the distant past at Ta Prohm.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Siem Reap travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Shanghai to Siem Reap in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Shanghai to Siem Reap due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Shanghai in May, things will get a bit warmer in Siem Reap: highs are around 95°F and lows about 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Bangkok.

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Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm

2
days
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 10th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Chao Phraya River. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Saket, browse the different shops at Siam Paragon, then admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bangkok travel planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Siem Reap to Bangkok takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 96°F, and evening lows to 81°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

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