WELCOME ...and thank you for visiting
FRANKO'S Rail Tours of VIETNAM
If you were looking for the very best way to see Vietnam, or you are a train buff, or you are interested in tours to CAMBODIA and/or LAOS, or just looking for a great holiday and a chance to do something DIFFERENT, then you can relax …you’ve found us!
Our experience of rail tourism in Vietnam is second-to-none and goes back to the very first rail tour in 1992 …long before Vietnam became a tourist hot spot. Since that time our goal has been to provide the best value rail tour holiday in Asia. We combine the experience and knowledge gained over many tours to design comprehensive, informative and fun itineraries based around our private rail carriages, good hotels, good food, hand-picked guides, and one of the most interesting rail routes in the world.
It's the very best way to see Vietnam!
(*see FEEDBACK from earlier tour clients)
No one else travels the length of Vietnam by private train - from the Mekong Delta to the Red River Valley - FRANKO’S Rail Tours are simply unique ...an unforgetable travel experience!
FRANKO’S Superior Class option on the train offers private and roomy 2 berth sleeper cabins, providing clients with the highest standard of rail travel available in Vietnam.
Standard Class is also very good, and represents great value ...especially if you are happy to share a 4 berth cabin as a 'triple' with 2 fellow travelers for 5 nights on the train. We didn’t have "Superior" option before 2009, but everybody back then thoroughly enjoyed what we now call "Standard Class" ...you will too.
Besides Vietnam, our tours also visit historical Angkor & Phnom Penh in CAMBODIA; and Vientiane, Luang Prabang and the mysterious Plain of Jars in charming LAOS - please check out all FRANKO’S Tour Destinations on this site...they are tried & tested and waiting for you.
I trust that you can navigate successfully around our website to find the tour information that you desire. Should that not be the case, then please feel welcome to call/email us at any time …happy to assist you. If you notice that something is not included in our information, or is unclear, then please let us know and we’ll fix it pronto ...one never stops learning! Happy also to provide presentations for travel groups, clubs (ie Probus, Rotary), etc. Details at News/Specials page.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION on PRICING
All prices on this website are in US Dollars (USD)
(USD prices converted to AUD prices at time of payment)
(Non-Australian clients can pay with USD-Euro-GBP via PayPal)
*See "Tour Dates & Prices" for all Tour Prices in 2014-15
If you would like to see what our private train is all about then please call/email us with a delivery address and we’ll send a FRANKO’S Rail Tour DVD to you via the mail ...with our compliments! You can also check out our videos online HERE
Please enjoy our website. You might begin your visit by simply scrolling down this page to find an Introduction to our Rail Tours, plus advice on Airfares and tour sizes. Links to all FRANKO'S tours can be found in the left column on every page on this website.
I’d also recommend that you click onto Why The Train? to see just what a difference it makes in turning good tours into
Hope to see you one day on your first (or your next) FRANKO’S Tour of VIETNAM, CAMBODIA or LAOS.
Sincerely, Frank O’Brien
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Take your partner on A Rail Tour of VIETNAM in 2015
Why not? A fantastic holiday awaits!
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Memento: FRANKO'S has tours for everyone:
The Retirees, The Idle Rich, The Idle Not-So-Rich, The Railway Fans,
The People Who Like it Quiet, The People Who Like a Good Time,
The People Who Like Asia, The People Who Have Never Been to Asia,
The People Who Want to Learn Something, The People Who Like Our Radio Ad! The Young-At-Heart, The Adventurers,
The Veterans, The Gastronomes, The Culture Vultures, and
Those Who Have Always Wanted to Travel to Exotic Destinations but Somehow Never Got Around to It.
Plus lots of others!
No glossy brochures ...just a Free DVD and a website
with up-to-the-minute tour information that informs and advises.
Everyone has loved THE TRAIN ...that sure spreads-the-word!
So far, so good!
LOOKING FOR A TERRIFIC HOLIDAY? SOMETHING DIFFERENT?
Here’s a quick introduction to our most popular tour:
(see full details under: Group Tours - 18 Day Rail Tour of Vietnam)
RAIL TOUR of VIETNAM
(by Private Train)
Sai Gon - Mekong Delta - Cu Chi - Long Tan
Nha Trang - Da Nang - Hoi An - Hue
Ninh Binh - Ha Noi - Sa Pa - Ha Long Bay
There are many ways to see Vietnam as you travel from the Mekong Delta in the south to the Red River Delta and Chinese Border in the far north (or vice-versa), but no better way than by train. NOT just any train, but a train with our own specially prepared and staffed, private charter carriages that stay with us throughout the journey. This tour is UNIQUE.
FRANKO'S train offers the most comfortable, relaxing way to travel through Vietnam ...and it's GREAT FUN!
18 adventure-filled days taking in the history, sights and charms offered by this beautiful country and it’s hard-working, friendly people. Experienced guides, good hotels, fantastic food, great entertainment, and sensational shopping ensures everyone is programmed to fully enjoy this once in a lifetime experience.
TOUR PACKAGE includes 4 Star hotels (w/late checkouts!); ALL meals (yum!); ALL in-country transport (transfers, coach, boat & train); ALL entry fees, a day/night cruise on Ha Long Bay, a visit to Sa Pa, and the services of an experienced Tour Manager and a National Guide.
Our packages can also include the option of an escorted overnight tour to LONG TAN, NUI DAT, VUNG TAU and BA RIA.
RAIL TOUR PRICES (not incl airfare). 18 Day Tour in 2015 is priced from *$4300 pp/ts (Standard). Superior Tour is *$4600 pp/ts.
*Option of 5 Star hotels on Rail Tour ...from *$6280 pp/ts.
Single Supplement cost is $795.00 (Single traveler/single occupancy hotel room/4 Star hotel), or $1580.00 in 5 Star hotels.
*See Tour Dates & Prices for all Rail Tour price options in 2015
*Consider that this is a fully escorted 18 day tour (17 nights) visiting ALL of Vietnam’s attractions, with all meals, late hotel checkouts, AND the unique advantage of THE TRAIN ...superb value!
*Minimum Rail Tour size is 12 persons. Maximum 26. (Av 16)
Private Rail Tour Group Charter. Minimum 12 persons
18 Day Ticketed Rail Tour. Minimum 2 persons.
*Note. If minimum numbers for 18 Day Rail Tour are not reached,
FRANKO'S guarantee to provide those clients already booked
with an amended 18 day itinerary (same dates) based on
3 nights by train (not 5) with 2 extra nights in 4 star hotels (Hoi An-Ha Noi).
Tour will still be fully escorted. We guarantee no one will be disappointed!
Clients can book/purchase their airfares to/from Vietnam at the travel agency of their choice, or FRANKO’S can secure air tickets for clients under our group booking arrangements. We aim to secure best prices on offer ...as a free service.
Singapore, Malaysian, Thai and Vietnam airlines offer airfares at around $900-$1050 (incl taxes) for flights to Saigon and return from Hanoi.
Only Vietnam Airlines have direct flights to Saigon from Melb-Syd.
*Only Vietnam Airlines offer 30kg luggage allowance
*Other airlines offer 20kg luggage allowance
CLICK onto our 18 Day Rail Tour of Vietnam
and check the Itinerary to see just where we go,
what hotels we stay at ...and how long we are there!
There’s also a DELUXE version of our Rail Tour
to cater for up to 10 comfort loving travellers
...who can go whenever they wish!
Tours of LAOS and CAMBODIA
and some alternative Vietnam tour options
...including an 18 Day Ticketed Rail Tour of Vietnam
that small groups (min 2 pers) can take at any time they wish!
START SHOPPING EARLY?
The Number 1 souvenir sought by tourists in Vietnam is
the sensational MISS SAIGON "Elegance" perfume.
Now you don’t have to travel to Vietnam to get it
...you can shop online at www.feons.com
and your selections will be delivered to your door within days.
*Besides perfumes, you can also purchase the ’magical’
THIEN THAO (medicated massage & inhalent oil)
...endorsed by all our tour groups
*Free delivery within Australia
Call 03-52563038 or 0414 403038
(+61 3 52563038 for International callers)