Type of trip: Classic
Organizer: Asiatica Travel
Participants: Israeli journalists who specialized in tourism & travel articles
Period: from May to September
Quantity 06 journalists
Guide: English speaking guide
Language used during the trip: English
Policy: - Journalists must submit the complete appication form and in charge of international round-trip flight tickets.
- Asiatica Travel is responsible for all services in Vietnam during the trip, except for personal expense


Responsibility of the participants

- You have to take flight tickets to / from Israel, and insurance

- Visa on arrival in Vietnam (to be paid directly at the airport): 45 USD/person

- Personal expenses

- Respect the routes and time indicated in the program.

- Write at least one article in a travel magazine (online/paper) after the trip, in which the name of Asiatica Travel is mentioned.

Another way of collaboration: journalists could give us initiatives and propose long-term cooperation with Asiatica Travel. For example: offers a film or a story after the trip with us, etc.

Responsibility of the Asiatica Travel

- Organize the trip and occupy all the services listed in the program.

- Respect the agreed program.

- Take care of asking for visa authorization upon arrival in Vietnam for all journalists.

Asiatica Travel is available to collaborate with you, journalists also in the future for our bilateral interests.


- The program could be changed/canceled due to the greater force like rain, storm, street renovations ... We would try the best solution to modify the program for you the best.

- If someone would like to extend the trip to visit other parts of Vietnam or add other excursions, thank you to send the message to . All expenses outside the itinerary offered by Asiatica Travel is at your expense.

Need to know

This page is intended to provide journalists with practical information for the correct preparation before the trip of Press with Asian Travel! Thank you so much and have a good trip! 

Prepare your suitcase 

- A camera
- Clothing for 7 days of travel
- Anti-mosquito product
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Hat
- Sunglasses
- Personal medicines
- Waterproof bag
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste
- The backpack to put the necessary stuff during the trekking.


It's a risk to bring a lot of money during your trip. We also recommend bringing credit cards. You must have at least one credit card in order to avoid difficulty in case of loss or refused for any reason in the shops. 


The most popular foreign currency in Vietnam is the USD dollar. The Euro is also widely used. It will be easy for you to exchange money across the country. It is advisable to exchange the dollar or euro into local currency (Dong).        

We advise you to exchange the currency as you need it and not all at once, always keep small bills on you. In fact, it is not always easy to pay with too big amount. You can exchange at the bank, jewelers or at the hotel. Always check the receipt after you  exchange the money. 


It is customary to leave a tip to the guides and drivers. It's a reward for the person you need, but it's not compulsory. It depends on the service rendered good service = a good tip. For driving, 10-15 USD/person/day and for drivers 5-10 USD/person/day. In temples and pagodas, it is not a custom to give tips, but a contribution to worship, for the maintenance of places, etc. 

To find out more information, please contact:


  • Day 1: Hanoi arrival (D)

  • Day 2: Hanoi city tour (B, L)

  • Day 3: Hanoi – Mai Chau (B, L, D)

  • Day 4: Mai Chau – Ninh Binh (B, L)

  • Day 5: Ninh Binh – Halong Bay

  • Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B)

  • Day 7: Hanoi departure (B)



Ninh Binh

Halong Bay

Day 1: Hanoi arrival (D) | Private guide & driver

Welcome to Hanoi – Vietnam!

The tour guide & driver will be welcoming you at Noi Bai airport; it takes us 35 minutes driving to the centre of Hanoi then check-in at hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure. Have a welcome dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi

Please note: Standard check in time is 14:00. Early check in is subject to availability of the hotel

Night activities suggestion: enjoy local beer at Ta Hien Streets, experience the ambience of sleepless street with life music, the young people of Hanoi and also foreign tourists. Hundred of bars and pubs in the Old Quarter are also at your disposal. Or just simple spend your time at shopping malls or various boutique Shops.

Day 2: Hanoi city tour (B, L) | Private guide & driver

You will be picked up at the hotel at 8:00am. Starting the day trip will be a visit of the Ho Chi Minh Complex, which compromises Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum (closed on Mondays & Fridays), his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh Museum. We will then visit the Temple of Literature constructed in 1070 to worship Confucius, which served as the first Royal National University in Vietnam. The site also honors 82 Vietnamese doctorates who passed a number of rigid exams in the feudal ages. Their names, birthdays and birthplaces are engraved in 82 headstones perched on stone tortoises. It is widely believed that touching the heads of these tortoises will bring luck. Its peaceful green compound with its neatly maintained lawns, gardens and lotus ponds make it a tranquil hideaway from the city’s bustle and heat. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, we will visit the Museum of Ethnology (closed on Mondays, the alternative being the History Museum), which offers informative and well-documented displays of the country’s 54 ethnic groups, including elaborate and colorful hill tribe costumes. The display continues in the museum’s garden with fascinating examples of traditional houses of numerous minority groups, from the Kinhs to the ethnic groups of the Central Highlands. Then back to the Old Quarter for a 1.5 hour walking tour, then you will have a deeper insight of local daily life . We then head to Ngoc Son Temple set on a tiny island in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake. Ngoc Son Temple dates back to the 13th century, and the lake itself is the picturesque heart of Hanoi, frequented by tourists and locals alike.

Day 3: Hanoi – Mai Chau (B, L, D) | Private guide & driver

Depart at 08h00 from Hanoi to Mai Chau- a picturesque valley, where the White Thai predominantly inhabit. Arrive in Mai Chau around noon, transfer to hotel then lunch followed by a short break.
In the afternoon, we will make a nice bike ride to discover an authentic country really unknown by mass tourism. We will be charmed by the traditional houses on stilts, the smiles of the Thai, friendly acceuils and green rice, vegetable gardens and bamboo forests near our path, crossing the villages: Chieng Sai, Cha, Cha Long, Na Tang, Tong Dau ... Return to the lodge to enjoy its natural surroundings. After dinner, you will enjoy the traditional music show in the evening. Overnight at hotel.

Day 4: Mai Chau – Ninh Binh (B, L) | Private guide & driver

After breakfast, you will drive to Ninh Binh via Nho Quan with its peaceful countryside settings. Upon arrival at Van Long, we will board a small rowing boat to explore the Van Long Nature Reserve, which covers some 3,000 hectares of picturesque waterscape. You will enjoy two hours of rowing through a spectacular scenery made up of limestone mountains reflected in emerald waters. The forest is home to the Delacour Langur, an endangered species counting a mere 200 animals globally. You will disembark our boats and walk to visit two temples dedicated to King Dinh and Le in Hoa Lu, which served as the capital of Vietnam during the 10th century. Overnight at hotel in Ninh Binh.

Day 5: Ninh Binh – Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise (B, L, D) | Private guide & driver

After breakfast, we will depart to Halong Bay, passing beautiful scenery filled with rice paddies, winding rivers and quaint villages. Upon arrival in Halong, we’ll take a big boat to cruise the Bay to discover the magnificent beauty of this “Descending-dragon” bay, created by thousands odd-shaped limestone rocks and karst grottoes. After a lunch of fresh seafood on board, we can visit the Surprising Grotto, stop for swimming or kayaking (at your own cost), passing floating villages and approach islets to enjoy their beauty in close distance. Evening attend activities on the boat or relax at your own leisure. Overnight on the boat. 

Please note the program may be little varied upon the cruise you choose & weather condition on that day

Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B) | Private guide & driver

After breakfast, visit by boat to Luon Cave, a ring-shaped pool inside an island in Halong with absolutely tranquil landscape and emerald water. Back to the Wharf of Halong passing the most densely area with many islands that have been named like the Cock-Fighting Rock, Sail Island, Incense burner rock or Sea Dog Rock. Arrive at Halong Wharf around 11.00. Return to Hanoi around 4PM. Free at your own leisure. Overnight in Hanoi. 

Day 7: Hanoi departure (B) | Private guide & driver 

You are free until being transferred to the airport for departure flight.

Please note: Standard check out time is 12:00.

End of our services!


Destination Hotel name Room type
HANOI Hanoi Pearl hotel Deluxe city view
MAI CHAU Mai Chau Ecolodge Deluxe
NINH BINH Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Deluxe
HALONG La Fairy Sails Deluxe

The price includes:

• Accommodation with breakfast as mentioned in the program (on basis of 02 people / double / twin)
• A sweet night onboard in a deluxe cabin with traditional design.
• Travel on private, modern & comfortable air-conditioned vehicles with a caring driver for all transfers and ground transportation (except the break time or program clearly mentioned "WITHOUT DRIVER")
• Meals as mentioned in the program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
• Entry fee for all mentioned sites for visit
• Boat trips as mentioned in the program
• Qualified local tour guides during the whole trip (except the break time or program clearly mentioned "WITHOUT GUIDE")

The price excludes:

• International flight tickets
• Meals not mentioned in the program
• Drinks, telephone, laundry and all that is not clearly mentioned in the "Price includes".
• Tips and personal expenses
• Insurances

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Thanks so much!

Asiatica Travel Team

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