Danang trip report (2024 edition)

News #210: The Cambodia boomtown with 500 'ghost buildings', Tim Cook tours SE Asia, Bangkok pavements to get a facelift, Hanoi to build 14 urban railway lines.

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

Hello from Singapore! In keeping with my rail-themed trip around Southeast Asia that I am currently on, I got the shuttle train from Johor Bahru to Woodlands in Singapore. This is one of Southeast Asia's few international rail services, and it will soon be replaced by a more efficient metro-style railway.

I have 3 days here, so I will walk around as much as possible. I have some story ideas, and the walks also inspire new ideas.

This week’s feature article is my annual Danang construction report. There are still many abandoned projects in the city (though nothing like the city of ghost towers mentioned in the Cambodia news section).

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Updates on construction in Danang, including current and stalled projects in the city and along the coast.


🇰🇭 Cambodia

🇮🇩 Indonesia

🇱🇦 Laos

“While the Lao government likes to talk about becoming “land-linked,” the latest ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institution survey reflects an inward-looking mentality.”

🇲🇾 Malaysia

“Buses are public transportation’s unsung heroes, but Rapid Penang lags behind with its cash-only system and poor information on arrival times.”

 🇵🇭 Philippines

🇸🇬 Singapore

“Indonesia and Egypt are building new cities from scratch. What can countries with limited land like Singapore do instead? Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy’s Woo Jun Jie weighs in.”

“Japanese and European companies weigh setting up elsewhere over costs.”

🇹🇭 Thailand

“City Hall will give Bangkok’s pavements a facelift, in a pilot project to be carried out on 16 roads with a combined pavement length of up to 86 kilometres.”

“Engaging communities, Bangkok aims for a comprehensive urban blueprint.”

🇻🇳 Vietnam

"The city will replace the Kim Ma – Yen Nghia Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line with an urban railway"

“An apartment block fire that killed 56 people last year has highlighted the dangers of Vietnam’s tiny urban dwellings.”

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