About Future Southeast Asia

Hi, my name is James Clark. I’m the founding editor and writer at Future Southeast Asia - a guide to construction, infrastructure, urban design, heritage conservation, and transport in Southeast Asia. 

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Why subscribe?

The Future Southeast Asia Newsletter is a weekly newsletter that includes a curated round-up of news links related to construction and infrastructure in Southeast Asia. It’s also a micro-blog of editorial comments and trip reports not featured publicly on futuresoutheastasia.com.

I plan to build this site into an authority on transport, construction, and infrastructure in Southeast Asia, presented in an easy-to-read and entertaining format. Subscribing to the newsletter helps support this site.

[The proposed Long Thanh International Airport in Vietnam.]

What to expect at Future Southeast Asia

Here is a sample of some of the topics that are covered at Future Southeast Asia.

Future City Series

[Bukit Bintang City Centre, featured at Future Kuala Lumpur.]

The Future City series compiles projects in major cities in Southeast Asia. The lists give an overview of major projects that are planned or under construction.

Project Factsheets

[Factsheet for the One Bangkok development in the Lumphini area of Bangkok.]

If you have ever looked for information on a big project, the search results can often be awash with the same information, or from sites that only look to sell property for a commission.

The factsheets compile all known information and resources for major projects. These pages list all information (good and bad), giving you an overview of the history of the project, without it being a sales pitch.

Public Transport

[Construction of the first metro line in Ho Chi Minh City.]

Reporting on public transport ranges from listing every construction project near the HCMC Metro, to a comparison of cost and construction times of first metro lines in Asia.

Concept Maps

[Ho Chi Minh City Metro Concept Map.]

One of my side projects has been to make railway maps in Asia. The map featured here is a concept map of an expanded Ho Chi Minh City Metro (called “if Saigon had a subway like Shanghai”).

Editorial Articles

Editorial articles include topics such as ideas to improve Saigon, and an analysis of Vietnam’s aviation market.

Southeast Asia Railways News

[Map of current and proposed railways of Southeast Asia.]

Before I began Living In Asia I was writing about new railways in Southeast Asia at Nomadic Notes. On that site, I made a map of current and proposed railways of Southeast Asia.

I’ve since moved my infrastructure writing here at Future Southeast Asia, and I am following the progress of railways under construction (such as the China-Laos railway).

[China-Laos railway construction site in Luang Prabang.]

Heritage Conservation

[Lost heritage of old Saigon.]

A topic I plan to cover more of in the future is heritage conservation, especially in Southeast Asia.

About me

[James at the Bang Sue Grand Central Station construction site in Bangkok.]

I’m a travel writer and online publisher, and I have been a digital nomad since 2003.

I publish a travel blog at Nomadic Notes which has been online since 2009. I’ve been based in Southeast Asia since 2010, where I have been following urban planning and transport development in the region.

Join the community

Whether you’re a construction or transport professional, an infrastructure nerd, a trainspotter, or just love the big, crazy cities of Southeast Asia, subscribe to Future Southeast Asia and join the community.


James Clark
Editor at https://futuresoutheastasia.com