Please CALL or email us to reserve your tour places
or to receive our Info Pack W/DVD covering all tours in 2023.
*No Tour Deposit required to hold reservations
until 12 weeks prior to Day One of your tour.
BOOKINGS are NOW OPEN
Don't miss out ...it's time to go!
Vietnam and CoVid UPDATE
Vietnam is NOW OPEN
to international tourists
FRANKO'S have just completed a two week inspection trip
of all hotels, restaurants, railway facilities and tour sites in Vietnam.
The Verdict? Vietnam is ready to go. Tourists are back - numbers are
around 40% of pre-pandemic figures and growing. Everyone everywhere
expects they will be 80-90% by February, after the Tet festival (Lunar New Year).
We do too!
There are now NO RESTRICTIONS on travel to, from or within Vietnam.
No mandatory self-isolation or Covid testing requirements apply.
Details of Vietnam Government's new, relaxed policies
for international tourists came into effect in May 2022.
GROUP BOOKING SPECIAL:
Book a Rail Tour as a group of 12(+) and get 1 position FREE and GO WHENEVER YOU WISH
(your very own private charter!)
Offer applies to all 18 and 15 Day Rail Tours in 2023
LONG TAN VISITS:
FRANKO’S Rail Tours of Vietnam include the opportunity to visit LONG TAN and NUI DAT
for ANZAC Day and Battle of Long Tan Day ceremonies.
We have arranged & escorted tours into Long Tan since 1989.
Sai Gon - Vung Tau - Long Tan - Nui Dat - Ba Ria - Sai Gon
allows ample time to visit those sites of relevance to Australia’s
Vietnam War history ...either at the start or end of a scheduled
18 Day Rail Tour (see Rail Tour Dates).
Our 24hr visits to Long Tan & Nui Dat include:
Overnight stay in Vung Tau plus visits to
Xa Long Tan, Xa Long Hai,
Australian Sponsored orphanage in Ba Ria
and the Ba Ria-Vung Tau War Cemetary.
******** Note:Every Rail Tour of Vietnam offers clients an
*optional1 Day Tour to the LONG TAN CROSS and NUI DAT.
AM depart Saigon - PM return to Saigon ...by hydrofoil ferry*
(*If ferry service not operating ...travel to Vung Tau by road)
From $145pp - incl guide, driver & lunch - minimum 2 pers
*Option of overnight stay in Vung Tau with visit to Long Tan priced from
$195pp (min 2 pers) to $160pp (min 8 pers)
EARLYBIRD DISCOUNTS (Rail Tours only)
May be available to those who book early on certain tours
Please call/email us for details
LATEBIRD OFFERS (Rail Tours only)
There may be times when FRANKO'S seek 1 or 2 more clients
on certain tours ...and we may offer price incentives to those who are:
Passport Holders - with at least 7 months validity remaining
Ready to join a Rail Tour at short notice - say 3 to 6 weeks.
*If you'd like to join our list of potential LATEBIRDS
just call/email us and we'll ensure you are notified
whenever such places/offers are available
(maybe only once or twice a year)
# Such offers may include Free Upgrade to Superior Cl (rail) or
Free Air Fare(s) or Tour Price Discounts
INFORMATION / PRESENTATION NIGHTS ...please contact us.
(RSL - Probus - Social & Travel Groups - Rotary - Military Associations - etc)
For Club/Association committees - Frank and/or Natalie are happy to consider any requests to provide a presentation or information session to your members. Our formal presentation is around 50 minutes (including screening of DVD) then there's time for questions from audience.
For those who have little time to read we recommend the following DVD movies:
1. The 3 Seasons ("Ba Mua") ...starring Hervey Keitel - Vietnamese culture 2. The Quiet American ...starring Michael Caine - early American involvement in VN 3. Indochine...starring Catherine Deneuve - French era in VN 4. The Killing Fields... starring Haing Ngor - Cambodian genocide 5. S21: The Kmer Rouge Killing Machine ...Documentary on Toul Sleng centre 6. The Scent of Green Papaya...Vietnamese Culture (50s & 60s) 7. Gardien de Buffles ("Guardian of Buffaloes" or Buffalo Herder) - Vietnamese rural life (French era) 8. The Lover ...romantic story - set in Saigon 1920s. (PG - sex scenes) 9. FRANKO’S Rail Tours of VIETNAM ...Train travel in Vietnam. The way to go!
BOOKS? There are too many to mention here, but we definitely recommend "Mekong - Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future" - by Milton Osbourne. Good coverage of early European exploration of this mighty river and the countries through which it flows. Written by an Aussie!
To understand why the Long Tan Cross is so important in Australia’s military history, you simply must read "The Battle of Long Tan" - by Lex McAulay.
We also recommend "The Rough Guide to Vietnam" ...a good travel companion.
NEW BOOK ...published in October 2022. "The COMPETITOR" The life story of Frank O'Brien - from school days in Bunbury, Western Australia, through his military career commencing as a 15 year old Army apprentice followed by language training in preparation for his time in South Vietnam as a soldier/interpreter. He later served in Singapore and then with Armoured Corps units around Australia until reaching Warrant Officer rank. Later commissioning as an officer saw him serve with the United Nations in Egypt and Beirut and achieve senior officer status. After a successful career spanning three decades he resigned in order to pursue his long association with Vietnam. Today he is the proprietor of an Australian travel & tours company called FRANKO'S Rail Tours of VIETNAM, specialising in tours of Indochina. A very different story of a Vietnam Veteran and how the war completely changed his life ...for the better. *Available online at Amazon Books.
MEDIA Story - R IL TOUR of VIETNAM by Mary Bolling
In August 2008, Melbourne’s Herald-Sun newspaper
published a 3 page article on FRANKO’S Rail Tours of Vietnam.
Same article (2 page) appeared in Brisbane’s Courier Mail and
the Adelaide Advertiser on Saturday30 August 08,
and Sunday Times in Perth on 05 September