Hanoi's future not-very-central high-speed railway station

News #205: New Phnom Penh airport, revitalizing historic train stations in Indonesia, East Coast Rail Link tunnels update, Metro Manila Subway on track for 2029 partial ops, and more...

The Future Southeast Asia Newsletter features transport and urban development news in Southeast Asia, edited by James Clark.

Welcome to issue #205 of the Future Southeast Asia Newsletter. I'm still in Australia (which has been great), but I am looking forward to getting back on the road in Southeast Asia.

Travel plans and meetups

While I have been in Australia I have been planning a research trip for Future Southeast Asia. I might have been too ambitious in my schedule, which is what happens when you are sitting around for too long dreaming about travel.  We shall see how far into the trip I get.

I have previously mentioned arranging reader meetups, and here are some dates I will be available for meetups:

Ho Chi Minh City: 22-27 March

Danang: 4-8 April

Kuala Lumpur: 10-13 April

Singapore: 17-18 April

If you are in those cities and would like to meet up, let me know!

Latest posts at Future Southeast Asia

Ngoc Hoi Railway Station is the proposed Hanoi station for the North-South high-speed railway of Vietnam.

News Extra

News Extra is the bonus section for paid subscribers. This features extra editorial on news and notes from my travels around Southeast Asia.

The Green Lung of Saigon, building better cities in Indonesia, and another good reason why Vietnam needs a high-speed railway.


🇰🇭 Cambodia

“The plan prioritises 174 projects, with an estimated investment value of $36.68 billion. It includes 94 road, eight railway, 23 waterway, 20 sea and 10 air transport projects, as well as 15 logistics and four other infrastructure development ventures.”

🇮🇩 Indonesia

🇱🇦 Laos

🇲🇾 Malaysia

🇲🇲 Myanmar

🇵🇭 Philippines

🇸🇬 Singapore

🇹🇭 Thailand

Ratchaprasong applies AI model to ease traffic

“The government has rolled out the "Ratchaprasong Model" project, which makes use of artificial intelligence (AI) technology to solve traffic jams in the Ratchaprasong area, one of the most congested business districts in the capital and also a tourist hotspot.”

🇻🇳 Vietnam

“Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing giant Grab has a new serious competitor in Vietnam. XanhSM, also known as GreenSM in international markets, has rapidly expanded by offering more secure employment and lower costs for drivers, and achieving high client satisfaction. But turning a profit will be challenging.”

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