News: 2 August 2023

Surabaya light rail proposal, Bangkok's new mass rapid transit master plan, construction projects in Timor-Leste, and a new canal in Vietnam

Hello from Rantau Prapat in Sumatra. The only thing that I knew about this city was that it was at the end of a railway line, which was enough reason for me to visit. It’s going to take an entire day to travel to my next destination, so I am staying here for a day to get some work done. Here are some photos of the Medan-Rantau Prapat train, and I will be posting articles about the railways of Sumatra here and at Nomadic Notes (subscribe for travel updates).

I arrived in Sumatra via Medan, which I haven’t visited for about 13 years. I will post a summary of Medan construction projects, and paid members should expect a Medan trip report next week.

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🇰🇭 Cambodia

🇮🇩 Indonesia

🇱🇦 Laos

🇲🇾 Malaysia

“Residents worry for their homes, which will be demolished to make way for the mega rail project.”

🇲🇲 Myanmar

🇵🇭 Philippines

🇸🇬 Singapore

🇹🇭 Thailand

M-MAP 2 (Mass Rapid Transit Master Plan in Bangkok Metropolitan Region) has been released.

“M-MAP 2 comprises eight routes included in the M-MAP 1 that have not been constructed, 14 new routes, and 11 extensions of existing routes.”

This news report has a small version of the map. I’m looking for a larger version, which I will share here.

🇹🇱 Timor-Leste

🇻🇳 Vietnam

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