The proposed Davao People Mover (Monorail)

Updates on future iconic towers of Saigon, Singapore's last surviving village, Hanoi to pilot rental of e-bike linking with bus system, and more transport and construction news from around SE Asia.

Greetings from socially-distant Saigon, where we are having another quasi lockdown in these Covid times. With no travels planned here, let alone for the rest of Southeast Asia, it’s a good time for me to work on articles that don’t require travelling. It’s also a good time to update posts and try and promote the site more. If you can help spread the word by sharing this site, that would be of great help!

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Davao Monorail

The Davao People Mover is a proposed monorail line to be built in Davao City, Philippines. The straddle-type monorail line will have 16 stations and 1 depot on a 13 km track.

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Cranes for the two towers of the One Central HCM project in Ho Chi Minh City have been installed. Construction is still allowed during this time of social distancing, and I took this photo on the way to get food, which I am allowed to leave home for.

I’m seeing that some news sites are now calling this One Central Saigon, so they have either got it mixed up with the previous name (Spirit of Saigon) or the name has changed again. For those outside Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City and Saigon are used interchangeably without causing anyone offense.

I took this photo next to Ben Thanh Market. Here is a new render of what the pedestrian plaza and road layout will look like. I was standing to the left of the market in this image. There is a big hole in the ground where the plaza is, and the market will face the two towers of One Central HCM. This image is now added to the Ben Thanh Station archive.

On the 2nd of May, I visited the Empire City project where I saw that they were drilling for soil samples at the main tower site. Here is what it will look like. This tower was last reported to be 333 metres with 88 floors. I’ve heard reports via local TV news that they have applied to make the tower 100 floors (I don’t have an English news link for this report). For comparison, Landmark 81 is the tallest tower in HCMC at 461 metres. Will they also increase the floor height to make the building taller? I’m excited to see this one get started, as it’s by the same architect that designed the Mahanakhon in Bangkok.

[Drilling at the Empire City Tower site, 2 May 2021.]

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