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How Far Is Thailand From China?

How Far Is Thailand From China


Although China and Thailand are both based in Asia, it may be difficult to get an idea of the distance between the two countries when you consider the size of Asia, earth’s largest continent. Asia stretches from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the western Pacific Ocean and contains more than 40 countries, so it may be difficult to comprehend the vast size and distance between different territories!    

Due to the distance between China and Thailand, which at the shortest is 2,238 km, travellers are usually required to fly between countries to make the most of their trip and their time. In particular, China is a large country with a land area of roughly 9.5 million km² compared to Thailand’s 513,120 km². 

Below is a map overview, showing the location and surrounding geography of each country. You can get an idea of the distance between the two, but make sure you read on for a more in-depth analysis.

If you’re looking to travel between the two countries as part of a tour or you’ve got questions around geography, location and general facts, then read our guide below to find out!

Where Is Thailand Located In Asia?

On a world map, the country is located on the centre far right side, within the southeast area of the continent of Asia. 

Located 15 degrees above the Equator, the country is found in the Northern Hemisphere along with the majority of Asia except for Indonesia.

Surrounding countries include Myanmar to the north and west, Laos to the north and east and Vietnam and Cambodia to the east. The country borders the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand in the south.

The country shares a border with Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar.

Where Is Thailand in Relation to China?

A popular choice for travellers is to travel between China and Thailand and take in the sights both countries have to offer (more about this later on!). It may be beneficial to discover where the two countries are in relation to one another. 

Thailand is located south of China. Although both are based in Asia and appear close together on a world map, the two countries do not share a border. They are separated by Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar (formerly Burma).

How Far Is Thailand From Other Countries in the World?

For those of you who are considering travel to other countries while on your tour of Thailand, it may be useful to know some of the distances from other countries in the world:

  • The distance from New York, United States is 13,694 km.
  • The distance from Hanoi, Vietnam is 987 km.
  • The distance from the City of Singapore is 1,635 km.
  • The distance from Canberra, Australia is 7,615 km.
  • The distance from Beijing, China is 3,059 km.

What Is the Flight Time Between Thailand and Other Countries?

  • From London to Bangkok is around 11 hours 30 minutes. The fastest one-stop flight takes approximately 13 hours.
  • As it stands, there are no direct flights between New York and Thailand. It will take approximately 21 hours total flight time (including a flight change).
  • The flight time from Bangkok to Beijing, China is 4 hours 25 minutes. On average, a direct flight between the two countries will take between 4-5 hours.

Flying between different countries can be a great way to see more at speed during your trip. To give you an idea of how long you need to delegate to flight time, here are some of the times between different cities/countries:

What Time Zone Is Thailand In?

The country follows Indochina Time, which is often written as the abbreviated ICT. Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Christmas Island and Western Indonesia share the same time zone.

It can be useful to know what the time difference is between other countries in the world, especially when travelling between destinations! Make sure whenever you’re making travel plans that you consider the time differences between countries.  

What Is the Largest City in Thailand?

Bangkok is the country’s capital and most populous city. With an estimated population of 10.539 million as of 2020, which is 15.3 % of the country’s overall population, and occupying 1,568.7 km², Bangkok is by far the largest city in the country. 

Although this is nothing in comparison to Shanghai in China! Covering an area of 6,340.5 km² and with a population of roughly 24.28 million people, Shanghai is China’s largest city and the third most populous city in the world. 

If you are trying to locate Bangkok on a map, it is found within the country’s central region. You will find the city at the bottom centre of the widest part of the country, just before the land tapers out into a long, thin strip. Bangkok is located on the delta of the Chao Phraya River, about 40 km north from where the land meets the sea.

China and Thailand Tour Itinerary

In just over 2 weeks, you can get an in-depth overview of the main sights of both countries when you take a tour starting in Beijing, China and ending in Bangkok. Flying is the fastest way to get around, though you could, of course, take longer and opt to travel by bus, train, car or a combination. 

Whichever way you choose to travel, make sure you have all your paperwork in order including a Thailand eVisa if required.

It may be useful to know when making your travel plans that China and Thailand follow different time zones. China follows China Standard Time and is 1 hour ahead.

We’re going to look at how you might schedule your tour when opting to travel by plane

Travelling from Bejing to Bangkok

The following route takes you from the starting point in Beijing, China and works downwards to end at Bangkok. 

A popular route to take between the two countries is: Beijing-Xian-Shanghai-Chiang Mai-Bangkok. 

This route allows you to take in most of the key sights and attractions of each country, but you can, of course, adjust the route to see more or less depending on how much time you have. It’s also highly recommended to add in a visit to Phuket if time will allow, so that you can experience the excellent beaches and island scenery here.

What River Runs Through Both China and Thailand?

Did you know China and Thailand are both connected to the world’s tenth longest river and the sixth-longest in Asia? The Mekong River is a trans-boundary river in East Asia and Southeast Asia and runs through China, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. 

Interested in reading more? You can find out more by visiting our dedicated country pages about Visiting Thailand and Travelling to China.

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