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How to Plan a Trip to China from Thailand

In the case that you are planning to visit China from Thailand, there are a bunch of things you need to know before travelling to China. Here is an useful guide  to help you make your trip plan to China.

This trip plan is made by Top China Travel, an incredible travel agency, inspired by your needs, and aspiring to give you an amazing China  tour. It will solve your problems in making your own trip planning, for sure.

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Where is China?

► Where is China on a world map?

China on a world map

China is an Asian country, located in the west of Pacific Ocean, east of Asia, and the north of Thailand, and it borders on Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Japan, Korea, Russia, etc.

 The distance from Thailand to China

Though China is not Thailand’s border neighbor, China is close to Thailand. From Bangkok to Hong Kong, the distance is 1739 km, from Bangkok to Chengdu, it is 1920 km, and from Bangkok to Shanghai, it is 2905 km. From Bangkok to Beijing it is 3300 km.

► Time difference between China and Thailand

China time & world time zone

China has several time zones, but it uses UTC/GMT+8 as its standard time in every cities. Thailand uses UTC/GMT+7 as its standard time, and China Time is 1 hour ahead of Thailand. For example, In Thailand, it is 10 AM, and it is 11 AM in China.


When to Travel-Autumn is the Best Time to Visit China

► China weather. Generally speaking, Spring is warm but a bit rainy, Summer is hot and humid, Autumn is cool, and Winter is cold.

► Best time to visit China: September –November. According to temperature and air humidity, Autumn is the best time to visit China. In Autumn, everything is just good for your travelling to China.

 Suitable time to visit China: April to November. China has a vast land with various attractions, and you will find your perfect destinations in this time period.

 Special time for Thailand travelers to visit China: December-February and Chinese Spring Festival. For a winter vacation, in China, you could see a wonderful snow world with gorgeous snow sceneries, ice carvings and ice activities. If you want to experience an authentic Chinese Spring Festival, you are really welcome to China at the Spring Festival holiday.

 Not advisable time to visit China: important public holidays, especially National Holliday(Oct.1-Oct. 7), for attractions full of people, higher accommodation price, higher flight ticket, and train ticket in shortage.


How to Apply for A China Visa in Thailand

Any foreigners who need to enter China are required to obtain a China visa first before actual visiting. But How to apply for a China visa is what you must know if you have a China trip plan.

 What type of visa do you need to apply ? A tourist visa (L-Visa). With a tourist visa (L-Visa), you can stay in China for no more than 30 days.

Where to apply for a China visa? You can submit your application in the Chinese embassy or consulate in your country. If you reserve a tour package with Top China Travel, we will send you the invitation letter to help you apply for China Tourist Visa.

What are the required documents for applying for a China visa?

  • Passport valid for at lest 6 months
  • Visa application form
  • Passport photocopy                                            
  • Photo (48mm×33mm)
  • Your China trip itinerary (both flight and hotel reservations) or invitation letter
  • Application fee.

Check the step-by-step guide to apply for a visa to China 

Hong Kong and Macau visa. Thai citizens can enjoy visa-free access to Hong Kong, and the visa free period for visit not exceeding is 30 days. If traveling to Macau, you can stay for up to 30 days without a visa.

Embassy of China in Thailand. China has embassy and consulates in Thailand, and Thai travelers could go to  Embassy of China in Bangkok, the Consulate Generals in Songkhla, Khong Kaen, and Chiang Mai, or Chinese Visa Application Service Center in Bangkok to consult China Visa issues.

Embassy of The People's Republic of China in The Kingdom of Thailand

  • Address: 57 Ratchadaphisek Road, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
  • Tel: 0066-2-2450088 Fax: 0066-2-2468247
  • E-mail: chinaemb_th@mfa.gov.cn
  • https://www.fmprc.gov.cn/ce/ceth/eng/

Chinese Visa Application Service Center

  • Address: 5th Floor, Thanapoom Tower, 1550 New Petchaburi Road, Makkasan, Bangkok 10400
  • Tel: 0066-2-2075888 Fax: 0066-2-2075988, 2075933
  • Email: bangkokcentre@visaforchina.org


Entry Cities- How to Get to China from Thailand

Major entry cities in China from Thailand are Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing, Kunming, and Chengdu. From Thailand to China, Thai tourists could take direct flight to dozens of cities in China. Nonstop flights usually land in those major entries, and connecting flights would bring to cities like Hangzhou, Suzhou, Guilin. From Thailand to cities in south China, it takes from 2 hours to 3 hours by flight, From Thailand to Kuming,it only takes less than 2 hours.

⇒ Further reading: China Entry Regulation Briefing

Nonstop flights from Thailand to China

Departure City in Thailand Arrival City in China Notes for Schedule
Hong Kong Hong Kong, Macau Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Hangzhou , Nanjing, Fuzhou, Shenzhen, Nanning, Kunming, Chengdu, Chongqing, Wuhan, Changsha, Xian, Beijing Daily nonstop flights from Bangkok to these cities except Xian
Chiengmai Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Kunming, Chengdu, Beijing, Xian Daily nonstop flights from Chiengmai to Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Kunming
Phuket Hong Kong,  Macau, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Kunming, Chengdu, Chongqing, Nanning Daily nonstop flights from Phuket to these  cities except Nanning
Koh Samui Hong Kong Daily nonstop flights to Hong Kong


Where to Go

About China, whether you are familiar with it or only know  a little, but now you need to know more, especially about tour destinations. Here we recommend some cities for your visit and also give you reasons why you should visit those cities.

Classic route for first time visitors from Thailand

(Great Wall/ Beijing)

Beijing: You should visit Beijing at least once in your lifetime. Beijing has magnificent Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, etc., for you to know China. Beijing is the city with 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Xian: Terracotta Warriors is eye-opening to tourists, and Xian has many Buddhism sites for visiting, like Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Mount Huashan is a nice place for climbing, with splendid mountain sceneries.

Shanghai: in Shanghai, you could see how a modern China looks, with high-rise buildings, and also visit private ancient gardens, and water towns.

Beautiful places for Thai travelers

(Lugu Lake/ Lijiang)

Sichuan province(Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou, Garze): You could see giant panda in Chengdu, visit Jiuzhai Valley and Huanglong National Park, go to see Leshan Giant Buddha, and hike in Daocheng Yading, Garze. Sichuan is a wonderful province ofen on magzines or TV for its unrivalled beauty, and it is also a hot spot for hiking.

Yunnan province(Kumning, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la): red land, rice terrace, stone forest, snow mountains, blue lakes, and ancient towns are amazing and gorgeous in Yunnan, and you should really have a visit.

Guilin(Longsheng, Yangshuo): it is a popular tourist city famous for natural sceneries, where you are invited to see Longji Rice Terrace, Li River, Reed Flute Cave, etc.

Winter destinations for Thailand travelers

(Jade Dragon Snow Mountain/ Lijiang)

Harbin: it is famous for Harbin Ice and Snow Festival,  Harbin Ice and Snow World, China Snow Town, and skiing resorts,  which are a big gather of winter birds, just like you.

Chengdu: Xiling Snow Mountain and its big skiing resort, and Mount Emei are recommended  to you to enjoy a happy winter vacation.

Lijiang: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is a winter gather and also a challenge for tourists to climbing.

Recommended China Tour Packages

Top China Travel, in here, recommend you two popular China tour packages, which are picked out from our big data. Top China Travel, responsible and sincere, always make China tour packages tailor-made to your actual needs, and invite you to see beautiful and unique China landscapes.

► 11 Days Beijing-Xian-Chengdu-Shanghai Group Tour

(Chengdu Panda Base)

Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Shanghai

Highlight attractions: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Chengdu Rearch Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Mt Leshan, Yuyuan Garden, The Bund

Why recommended: Except opening your eyes to histoical and cultural treasures in Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai, thought this tour package you will have a chance to see adorable giant pandas, and taste Sichuan gourmet in Chengdu.

► 10 Days Best of Yunnan

(Dongchuan Red Land/ Kunming)

Destinations: Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la

Highlight attractions: Stone Forest, Dali Ancient Town, Erhai Cruise, Lijiang Ancient Town, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Potatso National Park

Why recommended: Yunnan is a place often praised by magazine and other media, and it won’t fail your expectation. Beautiful landscapes in Yunnan, the places close to Heaven, and the pious people, will definitely give a great Yunnan tour.

How Many Days to Stay in China

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(West Lake/Hangzhou)

Usually, tourists would like to stay 1 week(5-7 days), 2 weeks(10-15 days), and 3 weeks( 20-25 days) in China.

► 1 week in China: you could visit 1 city with many attractions, like Beijing, or visit 2 cities as a package.

Recommend tour route: 5 Days Beijing Family Tour, 5 days Shanghai+Hangzhou Tour8 Days Highlight Sichuan Tour.

► 2 weeks in China: you could have a long China tour route. You may visit 3 cities, 4 cities or 5 cities, or  have an in-depth theme tour.

Recommended tour route: 11 Days Best Yangtze River Cruise Tour, 14 Days Best Silk Road Tour.

 3 weeks in China: you may visit many cities in China, and know much about China in this long China tour.

Recommended tour route:  19 Days Silk Road Experience, 21 Days China Panorama Tour.


China Travel Tips and Advice

To plan your trip to China from Thailand, you also need guidance for the preparation and tips when visiting China.

What to Pack: You must bring the passport and other required documents, the contact list with hotel info and contact number of local guide (your travel consultant of TCT will send to you in advance), suitable clothes, etc.

Healthy & Medical Tips: Before you travel to China, you are suggested to consult with your doctor and get knowledge about vaccinations.

Travel in China by Plane: When taking China domestic flights, you should know the luggage allowance and restrictions.

Accommodation in China: China hotels are similar to those of international standers, but you may need to know the differences and detailed services.

Travel to China with Kids: For your family holiday in China, we provide very useful travel tips and suggestions of family-friendly activities and destinations.

Basic Chinese: You may need some basic Chinese for your  conversation with Chinese people. Survival Chinese Phrases.

Thailand Embassy in China: There are embassies of Thailand in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Kunmingand Nanning.