News: 6 September 2023

Future Southeast Asia Jobs update, Phang Nga Airport proposal, New Phnom Penh Airport more than 50% complete, Laos-Vietnam railway set to open for service in 2028, and more

Hello from Chiang Mai. Here is this week’s site update and the latest news about transport and urban development in Southeast Asia.

Future Southeast Asia Jobs update

I launched Future Southeast Asia Jobs last month but I didn’t have time to work on it since I was on the road. I am now tinkering with the site, and I had to restart the database (I did say it was in Beta mode). If you already added your resume or company profile, you will need to upload it again. Sorry for the inconvenience.

While the site is in Beta I am offering free job listings for companies. If you are a company, set up a profile and add some jobs to the board. This will help me work on the site with content loaded as an example. Set up a company profile here.

Saving news from “link rot”

Southeast Asia Globe has announced that they will be suspending publishing while they search for a business model that works. They have produced some great investigative reports that I have linked to over the years, so I hope the archive is able to remain online.

Link rot is a problem I think about as a news curator, as I find many articles I link to go offline over time. Recently I discovered that an old Vietnam news website that had stopped publishing has now nuked its archive. I discovered this because I often refer to an article that was co-written by a friend of mine. I was going to send the article to someone but the article is gone.

Sometimes I save articles on if I feel that the article may not survive. I always save articles from the Vientiane Times because they have this infuriating habit of completely deleting old content. There is a link in the Laos section below where you can see that I have used the web archive link.

I’ve made a copy of the article from the Vietnam site has been deleted, and I posted it here:

I now have to go through my archives and look for every time I linked to thanhniennews dot com because the link is broken and Google hates broken links on sites.

Latest posts at Future Southeast Asia

I wrote last week about how Thailand should improve the railway instead of expanding Chiang Mai Airport *and* building a new airport. The same scenario is happening in Phuket, with Phuket Airport about to be expanded (see link in news below) and plans to build a second airport in Pang Nga.

Instead, Thailand should build a regional railway connecting Phuket, Phang Nga, and Krabi, and build the light rail in Phuket.

Another thought about the Phuket Second Airport in Pang Nga. Phuket has arguably the worst reputation for taxi mafia in Southeast Asia, so imagine the price of a taxi from an airport that is even further away.


“One decade of the BRI: Where it started, how it has changed, and where it may be going.”

🇰🇭 Cambodia

🇮🇩 Indonesia

🇱🇦 Laos

“The Petroleum Trading Lao Public Company (PTL), in cooperation with Yooshin Engineering Corporation and Korea National Railway, will conduct a detailed design study of the railway before construction begins.”

🇲🇾 Malaysia

🇵🇭 Philippines

🇸🇬 Singapore

🇹🇭 Thailand

“600km route linking six provinces will improve access to tourist attractions.”

🇻🇳 Vietnam

"Work on a passenger terminal at Long Thanh International Airport in southern Dong Nai province started on August 31. Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the work."

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