16 days in Beijing & Thailand Itinerary

16 days in Beijing & Thailand Itinerary

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16 days in Beijing & Thailand Itinerary

Start: Houston, United States
Fly:  18​h
1
Beijing, China
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 15​min
2
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
3
Krabi Town, Thailand
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
6
Beijing, China
— 1 day
Fly:  18​h
End: Houston, United States

1
night
Beijing, China

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): wander the streets of Qianmen (Zhengyangmen) and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Beijing travel route site .

Houston, USA to Beijing is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Beijing is 14 hours. Traveling from Houston in December, expect Beijing to be colder, temps between 40°F and 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Beijing

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Qianmen (Zhengyangmen) ©
Qianmen (Zhengyangmen)

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.
On the 22nd (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bangkok online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Bangkok takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time to Indochina Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Beijing in December, expect Bangkok to be warmer, temps between 87°F and 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Spas Parks
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

5
nights
Krabi Town, Thailand

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kantiang Bay and Ao Nang Beach. Visiting Railay Beach and Krabi Elephant Sanctuary will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), browse the eclectic array of goods at Karbi Walking Street, see the vivid underwater world at Koh Lao Lading, and look for gifts at VICTORIA Fashion House.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Krabi Town online attractions planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Bangkok to Krabi Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. December in Krabi Town sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kantiang Bay
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Kantiang Bay ©
Kantiang Bay
Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary ©
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary

4
nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai ©
Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Wat Si Suphan. Step out of the city life by going to Elephant Rescue Park and Bua Thong Waterfalls (Nam Phu Chet Si). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chiang Mai: Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park (in Mae Rim), Thai Elephant Home (in Mae Taeng) and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Mae Wang). The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the dramatic scenery at Wachirathan Falls, look for gifts at The Lost Book Shop, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Krabi Town to Chiang Mai by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Chiang Mai when traveling from Krabi Town in December, with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mae Taeng, Chom Thong, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community, Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park
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Elephant Rescue Park ©
Elephant Rescue Park
Thai Elephant Home ©
Thai Elephant Home
Bua Thong Waterfalls (Nam Phu Chet Si) ©

2
nights
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
On the 3rd (Fri), identify plant and animal life at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, and then wander the streets of Khaosan Road.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bangkok attractions planner.

Getting from Chiang Mai to Bangkok by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Chiang Mai in January, Bangkok is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Zoos & Aquariums Tours
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Khaosan Road ©
Khaosan Road
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World ©
SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World

1
day
Beijing, China

Beijing ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): browse the exhibits of The Palace Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Back Lakes (Hou Hai), and then browse the exhibits of 798 Art Zone.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Beijing trip itinerary app .

Fly from Bangkok to Beijing in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Bangkok to Beijing, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Bangkok in January, with highs in Beijing at 38°F and lows at 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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798 Art Zone ©
798 Art Zone
Back Lakes (Hou Hai) ©
Back Lakes (Hou Hai)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

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