A guide to the construction frenzy in Phu Quoc

Cleaning up the canals of Phnom Penh, a look at Vang Vieng station in Laos, Vietnamese modernist architecture, and more construction and transport news around Southeast Asia.

[Marina Square - one of the many mini-Europe projects in Phu Quoc.]

After visiting the island of Phu Quoc last month I’ve put together what clickbait websites might call “The ultimate guide to Phu Quoc!”. Regular readers will know that I’m not one for using hyperbolic headlines, but I will say that there is no guide as comprehensive as what you about to read.

This week I have two articles about Phu Quoc in Vietnam. I actually wrote three articles, with the other one scheduled to be published on Nomadic Notes (subscribe for updates). I needed to write them all at once to keep my notes straight. In the process of writing these articles another topic formed that will require a post of its own.

The two articles can be read in any order. The construction update is a snapshot of work progress in 2021. The Future Phu Quoc post lists every known project that is planned or under construction.

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KL-Singapore HSR: Not end of the road

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Thai communities grapple with pollution in economic corridor

“Landfill, waste sorting and recycling operations take over Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor, polluting traditional farmland.”

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