News: 23 November 2022

Latest Post: Bali Railway Concept Map. News: Nusantara 2036 Olympics bid, Mount Rinjani cable car, Bataan-Cavite bridge, and more transport and urban development news in Southeast Asia

This week I asked the question what would Bali look like if it had a metro system? I made a composite metro map of proposed railways in Bali, along with my own modifications. It’s already turning out to be my most popular post, so people either want more metro maps, or they want a metro on Bali (or both).

If you are new here, I have previously made a Ho Chi Minh City concept map, and I have some more maps in the pipeline. I contract a designer to make these maps, so If you would like to support my work, consider upgrading to a paid subscription.

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This is a concept map of a Bali railway system, including an island circle line, a high-speed railway to Java, and an urban rail transit system in South Bali.


APEC 2022 has been and gone in Bangkok, but a more relevant meeting to this site is the ESCAP Committee on Transport, Seventh session. This is being held in Bangkok from 23-25 November, and the agenda includes the “Review of the implementation of the Regional Action Programme for Sustainable Transport Development in Asia and the Pacific (2022–2026).”

🇰🇭 Cambodia

This article has a video that shows the terminal building under construction. It’s massive, and it is going to put the much-delayed Long Thanh International Airport of HCMC to shame if it is built first.

🇮🇩 Indonesia

[Updated: Nusantara]

G20 Aftermath

“Jakarta-Bandung high-speed rail showcased at G20 Summit but long-delayed project has been more risk than reward for Indonesia.”

🇱🇦 Laos

🇲🇾 Malaysia

[Updated: East Coast Rail Link]

🇵🇭 Philippines

🇸🇬 Singapore

“How many times is too many times to bid for a Build-to-Order (BTO) flat in Singapore? Twice? Three times? Perhaps, the fourth time’s the charm.”

🇹🇭 Thailand

“In an over-centralized country, not all roads should lead to Bangkok.”

🇻🇳 Vietnam

[Updated: Ben Thanh Station]

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