Vung Tau construction report (and maybe an urban railway)

News #202: Manila Airport rehab contract awarded, Bandung LRT, Singapore cycling path, Thailand Land Bridge, Pattaya urban rail project, and more transport and urban development news.

Hello from Ho Chi Minh City. I'm wrapping up my 6-week stay here this week, and then I am off to Australia for a month. Apart from my weekend trip to Vung Tau earlier this month, I haven’t travelled anywhere.

After my Australia trip, I plan to visit 5 countries in Southeast Asia for Future Southeast Asia research. That’s the general plan. I might also get tired and end up in a favourite place for a while. I will announce the cities that I am visiting when I am closer to the dates, and I will arrange some reader meetups.

Newsletter update. I was in the process of transferring the newsletter service that delivers this email, but life and my technical skills got in the way.

This week’s main article is a trip report from my aforementioned weekend to Vung Tau.

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A report on Vung Tau construction projects, and following the path of a proposed urban railway.


“Competition with Chinese companies for regional opportunities is not zero-sum.”

🇰🇭 Cambodia

🇮🇩 Indonesia

🇱🇦 Laos

🇲🇾 Malaysia

“What was touted as a mega project in the form of the Melaka Gateway is now a shadow of its former self. There remains, however, significant challenges for the envisioned cruise terminal.”

🇵🇭 Philippines

"The Philippines has picked a consortium led by drinks-to-toll roads group San Miguel Corp. (SMC) to revamp and operate its main international airport in Manila, routinely ranked as one of the world's worst."

🇸🇬 Singapore

“The chimes, made in collaboration with nonprofit organisation The Teng Company, take inspiration from familiar local tunes.”

🇹🇭 Thailand

"The House of Representatives has endorsed the Land Bridge feasibility study with 269 votes in favour, despite concerns and objections from the opposition."

🇻🇳 Vietnam

"With contractor selection completed, the relocation of electricity and water systems has begun to make way for the construction of Ho Chi Minh City’s new metro line No. 2."

“For many drivers, it’s cheaper to abandon the bike than to pay the fine. Now the police are wondering what to do with them all.”

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