22 days in South Korea, China & Thailand Itinerary

22 days in South Korea, China & Thailand Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 2 nights
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Chengdu, China
— 5 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 1 night
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Bophut, Thailand
— 5 nights
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Seoul, South Korea

— 4 nights
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the masterpieces at National Folk Museum of Korea, get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, and wander the streets of Myeongdong Shopping Street.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul online trip itinerary builder.

Atlanta, USA to Seoul is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Seoul is 14 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Atlanta in March; daily highs in Seoul reach 53°F and lows reach 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Find places to stay Mar 13 — 17:

Jeju, South Korea

— 2 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): delve into the lush surroundings at Halla Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Mysterious Road (Dokkaebi Road), then admire the sheer force of Cheonjiyeon Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jeongbang Waterfall.

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Getting from Seoul to Jeju by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Jeju

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 17 — 19:

Shanghai, China

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Orient

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.
Shanghai is known for shopping, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to The Bund (Wai Tan), enjoy breathtaking views from Jin Mao Tower, see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and pause for some photo ops at Jade Buddha Temple.

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You can fly from Jeju to Shanghai in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi. The time zone changes from Korean Standard Time (KST) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in March, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Shanghai

Find places to stay Mar 19 — 21:

Chengdu, China

— 5 nights

Hibiscus City

The home of giant pandas for more than two million years, Chengdu's vast human history cowers in comparison to the natural heritage of the area.
Spend the 25th (Fri) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), appreciate the extensive heritage of Kuanzhai Alley, don't miss a visit to Jinli Pedestrian Street, and get engrossed in the history at Jinsha Site Museum.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Chengdu trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Chengdu takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in March, Chengdu is a bit warmer at night with lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 26:

Bangkok, Thailand

— 1 night

City of Angels

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 26th (Sat), look for gifts at The Asian collection, then contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun).

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Fly from Chengdu to Bangkok in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time to Indochina Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Chengdu in March: high temperatures in Bangkok hover around 94°F and lows are around 79°F. On the 27th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Bangkok

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Bophut, Thailand

— 5 nights
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
Bophut is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha, take in the dramatic natural features at Grandfather's Grandmother's Rocks - Hin Ta Hin Yai, stop by Classic International Suits, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Samui Elephant Sanctuary.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bophut travel route planner.

Getting from Bangkok to Bophut by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Bangkok in March, plan for slightly colder days in Bophut, with highs around 89°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 80°F. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Bophut

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 27 — Apr 1:

South Korea travel guide

4.2
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.

Jeju Island travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums · Beaches
Island of the Gods
A popular vacation island for Koreans and foreigners with a mild coastal climate, Jeju-do offers hiking, caving, horseback riding, and plenty of beaches on which to relax and observe the sunset. A holiday in Jeju-do usually involves a visit to a UNESCO-protected lava tube, where you can see the world’s largest known lava column. Other lava and limestone caves set in botanical gardens, as well as a number of folk villages, combine to offer a diverse range of attractions during treks through the densely forested island, with the well-marked hiking trails also leading past giant basalt statues. Inland theme parks--ranging from a teddy bear museum to an erotic sculpture park--and golf courses provide a diverse range of entertainment options. The matriarchal island is known for its fisherwomen and female divers.

China travel guide

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With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.

Thailand travel guide

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Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.

Ko Samui travel guide

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Coconut Island
Known for its outstanding natural beauty, the island of Ko Samui lies some 700 km (430 mi) south of Bangkok and features a palm-fringed coastline and hillsides shrouded in virgin rainforest. Take a trip to Ko Samui to discover a heaven for kayakers, snorkelers, and nature lovers of all ages. Together with about 60 other islands, Ko Samui is part of a sprawling marine national park sheltering a diverse wildlife that includes fish, frogs, otters, dolphins, monkeys, bats, turtles, iguanas, cobras, and hogs. Although you can tour Ko Samui's developed beaches in a few hours by car or motorcycle, the island is still large enough for serious adventures in the wild.