Malaysia's mania for land reclamation
Langkawi projects, proposed airport railways for Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, MRT Putrajaya Line Phase 2 officially launched, the proposed Panay Railway, and considered Can Tho Railway.
Greetings from Penang! This is the third island I have visited in a row (after Langkawi and Koh Lipe), so I will have a mix of island content soon for Future Southeast Asia and Nomadic Notes.
While Penang has been debating the massive Penang South Islands project, another artificial island project has been quietly going on without too much controversy. At the north end of the island, the Andaman project is moving along quickly. I wasn’t expecting to visit the Andaman this year, but they have now set up a showroom on the island with a cafe. I booked a Grab taxi to go there, and my Grab driver was confused about this island that they previously were unaware of.
I went to the cafe and then walked back, so I will post more photos soon. Here is a picture of the new bridge and new island.
In addition to the Forest City project in Johor, another big artificial island project is happening in Langkawi. This week I have put together a list of the main projects in Langkawi, and there is an extra trip report for paid subscribers. If you would like to support my field reports then consider a subscription.
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A big tower comes to Cenang Beach, an inappropriate Dubai-like development, and yet another mediocre urban development that Malaysia does so well.
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