News #201: Bangkok construction update

Penang’s LRT to extend to Butterworth via rail bridge, NAIA rehabilitation, Suvarnabhumi expansion, and more transport and urban development news in SE Asia.

Hello from Ho Chi Minh City. It’s still Tet here (the lunar new year), so it feels like a holiday even though it’s a normal work day for me.

This week’s main article is the annual construction update from my most recent Bangkok trip (here is the construction update archive). I also have the usual weekly round-up of transport and urban development news in Southeast Asia.

Latest posts at Future Southeast Asia

The groundscraper of Sukhumvit, big projects surrounding Lumphini Park, legal drama for the massage parlour magnate at the Chuvit Garden project, Central Groups expanding mall empire, another iconic 60s hotel is gone, taking liberties with place names, and more.


🇰🇭 Cambodia

🇮🇩 Indonesia

🇱🇦 Laos

🇲🇾 Malaysia

“The construction of a road spanning over 100 kilometres connecting Miri, Marudi, Mulu and Long Terawan is expected to commence next year, said Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg.”

Good to see a local news site complaining about walkability issues in Malaysia.

I plan to do this border crossing this year, so expect a review! I also plan to do the Nong Khai-Vientiane train service once it is running. Meanwhile, I’m still waiting for the Thailand-Cambodia passenger rail service.

🇵🇭 Philippines

🇸🇬 Singapore

🇹🇭 Thailand

This is the golf course between runways at Don Muang. Tan Son Nhat in HCMC also has a golf course on airport land.

🇻🇳 Vietnam

“Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh urged ministries, sectors, contractors and relevant sides to speed up construction of Terminal 3 (T3) at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City so that it can be completed before April 30, 2025 to mark 50th anniversary of the Liberation of the South and National Reunification Day.”

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