News #189: The 2023 Railway Report

Airports of Cambodia, Penang LRT, Bangkok MRT Pink Line, and more transport and urban development news.

Hello from Chiang Mai. I’m back from my Hanoi trip and I will have some articles about Hanoi over the next month.

This week I published the annual railway report for Southeast Asia. I keep track of every project in the region, and these annual reports are a good way of taking stock of progress (or no progress in some cases).

There is also a News Extra article for paid subscribers.

Latest posts at Future Southeast Asia

This is the second edition of the Southeast Asia Railways Report. This article lists projects under construction or that have been in the news over the last year. This list is for national railways, and there will be another post for urban transit railways.

News Extra

The Land Bridge trying to compete with the port of Singapore, Vietnam Railways has fewer services than before 2020, and no agreement on a regional gauge.


🇰🇭 Cambodia

“Cambodia is planning to develop the airports at Mondulkiri and Koh Rong as part of the government’s agenda to develop tourism”.

🇮🇩 Indonesia

“Indonesian President Joko Widodo or Jokowi confirmed that the government has not yet secured any investments from foreign investors for the new capital city of Nusantara or IKN project. However, he remains optimistic and believes that foreign investors would inject funds into the project following domestic investors.“

“The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is currently reviewing the train line construction project at IKN Nusantara.”

🇱🇦 Laos

🇲🇾 Malaysia

🇵🇭 Philippines

“The illegal occupants of the Philippine Village Hotel, the abandoned structure directly beside Metro Manila’s international airport, have been formally ordered to vacate the premises after over two decades of legal battles.”

🇸🇬 Singapore

🇹🇭 Thailand

🇻🇳 Vietnam

“The draft law aims to redirect investment from being channeled mainly into housing and commercial center development projects to infrastructure projects such as urban railways.”

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