RAIL TOUR SPECIALS in OCT and OCT/NOV 2018
Due to current weakness in Australian Dollar we have just
discounted prices on our last two Rail Tours of VIETNAM
and GRAND Tours of INDOCHINA
in October and October/November 2018
*See all new Tour Prices at Tour Dates and Prices
$AVE up to 7% by booking now
LOWEST Rail Tour prices in 5 years!
VIDEO ON DINING & SLEEPER CARS
We've uploaded latest Rail Tour video focusing on FRANKO'S
Dining & Sleeper Car facilities.
Now showing on YouTube HERE
There are still VACANCIES on our last 2 Rail Tours of VIETNAM
and GRAND Tours of INDOCHINA in 2018
15 DAY RAIL TOUR Option
...15 Day Rail Tour of VIETNAM...
Same Itinerary (Days 1-13) as 18 Day Rail Tours
Same start dates as 18 Day Rail Tours
concludes with Ha Long Bay CRUISE (Days 14/15)
Priced from $3550pp/ts (Standard) to $3680pp/ts (Superior)
Single Supplement (single, non-share hotel) cost is $605
Book a Rail Tour as a group of 12(+) and get 1 position FREE
and GO WHENEVER Y1OU WISH
(your very own private charter!)
Offer applies to all 18 and 15 Day Rail Tours in 2018-19
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
*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 priced from $195pp (min 2 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.
A free DVD available to all attendees.
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.
MEDIA Story - RAIL 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:
(if link does not open simply google "Vietnam's track tour of duty ")
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 DVD 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.
DVD also includes all tour dates for 2017
All FRANKO'S Tour videos are now available on YouTube
...please search YouTube for "Franko's Vietnam" or "Frank O'Brien"
Yes ..."FRANKO'S Rail Tours of VIETNAM" is on FACEBOOK