Friday, December 2, 2022


Group Tours

Vietnam Tours - 18 Day Rail Tours of Vietnam (18 days)

Cambodia Tours - The Past and The Present: Angkor to Phnom Penh (6 days)

Laos Tours - Jewel of The Mekong & Plain of Jars (7 days)

GRAND Tour of INDOCHINA - Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos (27 days)

Vietnam Tours - Ticketed Rail Tour of VIETNAM (18 days)

Vietnam Tours - 15 Day Rail Tour of VIETNAM (15 days)

Shore Excursions from Cruise Ships

From Vietnam Ports - Saigon, Nha Trang, Phu My, Chan May, Da Nang, Hai Phong, Halong, Quy Nhon (1 days)

From Cambodia Port of Sihanoukville - The Glory of Angkor (3 days)

Short Stays

Vietnam Highlights - Saigon to Sa Pa (10 days)

Vietnam Explorer - Saigon to Ha Long Bay (14 days)

Cambodia Tours - The Past and The Present: Angkor to Phnom Penh (6 days)

Laos Tours - Jewel of The Mekong: Vientiane and Luang Prabang (5 days)

Cambodia Tours - The Glory of Angkor (4 days)

Bicycle Tours

Vietnam Bicycle Tours: 5, 8 and 12 Day Itineraries (12 days)


To contact us:

Franko's Vietnam Tours
3 Hillson Grove
OCEAN GROVE, VIC 3226
Australia

Tel: 0414 40 30 38
Email: feonsnotes@yahoo.com.au

Website: www.frankosvietnam.com



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News/Specials

 

Rail Tours UPDATE (as @ 14 Nov 2022)

 

Advising:

 

NEW VIETNAM TOUR DATES

in March/April & April 2023

All Indochina Tour Dates & Prices in 2023 - HERE

 

Plus

*NEW TOUR ITINERARY

 

...We've Updated 'the facts' after recent reconnaissance mission

throughout the length of post-CoVid Vietnam

THE NEWS IS GOOD!

 

Please Note:

*New Itinerary will change some rail and other transport

arrangements (two flights) for tours in March and April 2023

and introduce some new hotels.    No change to

destinations & activities ...why change a great recipe!

 

And ...

NEW TOUR PRICE

on RAIL / FLY TOURS prior to 31 May 2023

(FRANKO'S lowest price since 2007 - Save US$800pp

See: Tour dates & Prices

 

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

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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).

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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:

 GROUP BOOKINGS

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.   
Itinerary:
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 
*optional 1 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

AND

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.  
A free DVD available to all attendees. 
Interested persons/clubs should contact us initially on 
0414 403038 or via email to: frankosvietnam@yahoo.com.au

 

 

 

DVD LIST:
Recommended Pre-Tour Viewing
VIETNAM and CAMBODIA
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:

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 Saturday 30 August 08,
and Sunday Times
 in Perth on 05 September
 
An online version of this article can be found at this link:
https://www.heraldsun.com.au/travel/vietnams-track-tour-of-duty/news-story/996f19bfb46b4a2c976d0becb66828d3?sv=57d10f242eaeea2ffb0cce1188f0cdfb

(if link does not open simply google "Vietnam's track tour of duty ")


MEDIA:

Articles about FRANKO'S Rail Tours of VIETNAM appeared in MUFTI Magazine (Vic) and RSL News (Vic) in 2012/13.

FRANKO'S also advertise in the Sunday Sun (Vic) and Sunday Mail (SA) newspapers, and on Magic 1278 Radio (Vic) and 2CH in Sydney.

FRANKO'S exhibit at the TRAVEL EXPOs in Melbourne & Sydney.

 

 

 


DVDs, YouTube and FACEBOOK :

FRANKO'S Rail Tour Video contains scenes from previous tours ...real people - no actors.

Scenes show Dining and Sleeper cars, tour coaches, dining arrangements, destinations visited, and of course some examples of everyday life in Vietnam.

 

All FRANKO'S Tour videos are now available on YouTube

...please search YouTube for "Franko's Vietnam"  or  "Frank O'Brien"

 

"FRANKO'S Rail Tours of VIETNAM" is also on FACEBOOK

 


 

 

Country Map

Images of Indochina


Da Nang Railway Station

Vietnamese Art - Reunification Palace

Cao Dai Ceremony

Ha Long Bay sunset

Veterans at Long Tan Cross

Train along coast



Birds on a wire!

Baria War Cemetary

Giant Buddha - Nha Trang

Hotel de Ville - Central Committee Bldg Saigon

Logistics bike - Ho Chi Minh Trail

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