News: 31 May 2023

Update from Asia Pacific Rail 2023, Can Gio Tourist City, Penang LRT to be extended, Trans-Borneo Railway, free rides on Bangkok Yellow Line, and more

Greetings from Bangkok! I am here this week for Asia Pacific Rail 2023. This is an industry conference that brings together railway operators and suppliers. The event was opened by Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt. He was previously the minister for transport, and he is an advocate for public transport, so he was well-received here.

This is day 1 of a 2-day event, so I will post more about the outcome of this meeting later.

Speaking of railways in Southeast Asia (which is often on this site), my monthly Southeast Asia Railways newsletter goes out today. This is more of a travel newsletter than construction news, so if that interests you then sign up!

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A news article came out this month showing new images of the Can Gio Tourist City in Ho Chi Minh City. It's such an outlandish proposal that I had to map it out to understand it. I have compiled a fact sheet for this project and I was planning to do a separate editorial. After reading more about it I will go to Can Gio when I get back to HCMC and file a trip report. Become a subscriber to get the article.


🇰🇭 Cambodia

🇮🇩 Indonesia

“The construction of twin towers in the National Monument (Monas) area, Jakarta, is part of a plan to make the area the new city center amid the shifting of the national capital to Nusantara, East Kalimantan.”

“Rich mineral resources for batteries give archipelago leg up in EV shift.”

🇱🇦 Laos

🇲🇾 Malaysia

🇲🇲 Myanmar

“The US$700m transformation of the former railway headquarters is moving forward with domestic developers supported by international financial institutions.”

🇵🇭 Philippines

🇸🇬 Singapore

“Singapore is built on the backs of foreign workers. Today, there are about 1.4 million Work Permit holders. They often bear harsh treatment and the lowest wages, existing within a system with an inherent power imbalance.”

🇹🇭 Thailand

“The State Railway of Thailand will provide additional land to the builder of the high-speed rail system linking three airports by October, in a bid to speed up construction of this key transport infrastructure in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).”

🇻🇳 Vietnam

“Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee Phan Van Mai announced in the next five years, Ho Chi Minh City will mobilize hundreds of thousands of billions of Vietnamese dong for the city’s development.”

Hundred trillion dong = 4.2 billion USD.

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