Thailand's land bridge alternative to the Kra Canal

News #207: Battambang airport, ECRL more than 60% complete, convert NAIA into a business zone, and 350 km/h speed proposed for Vietnam high-speed railway

The Future Southeast Asia Newsletter features transport and urban development news in Southeast Asia, edited by James Clark.

Hello from Ho Chi Minh City. I’m here until the weekend, and then I take the train to Nha Trang.

For this week’s main article, I cover the proposed Land Bridge in Thailand. I have often wondered how it would work to ship thousands of containers across the peninsula, so this article looks into the size of ships and how many trains it would take to do what they propose.

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The Thai Land Bridge was proposed as an alternative to the Thai Canal. Here’s why it’s a bad idea.

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🇰🇭 Cambodia

“The long-defunct Battambang Provincial Airport is slated to come back bigger and stronger, as the authorities work not just to reopen the historic facility but to expand it to the “4C” category, making it capable of accepting international fights.

The airport has not been in service for more than three decades.”

🇮🇩 Indonesia

🇱🇦 Laos

🇲🇾 Malaysia

“Komtar, Penang's prime shopping centre in the 1980s and 1990s, has lost its appeal over the years. And the only thing keeping Komtar alive is the fact that it houses the administrative offices of the Penang government and the chief minister, aside from the Urban Transformation Centre (UTC).”

 🇲🇲 Myanmar

🇵🇭 Philippines

“Finance Secretary Ralph Recto has raised the possibility of converting the 600-hectare Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) complex into a business district once the new airport being built in Bulacan is finished.”

“The project will host the new international airport being built by San Miguel Corporation as part of efforts to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila.”

🇸🇬 Singapore

🇹🇭 Thailand

“…the ministry will submit the proposals for the construction of three extensions this week, namely the Taling Chan-Salaya extension, Rangsit-Thammasat University, Rangsit Campus extension and the Taling Chan-Siriraj extension.”

🇻🇳 Vietnam

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