Ho Chi Minh City construction report

Phnom Penh to build the tallest building in Southeast Asia, more delays for Thai-Chinese high-speed rail, Mindanao railway update, and more transport and construction news in SE Asia.

Hello from Ho Chi Minh City, where hard lockdown continues. I’ve been housebound for most of the last three weeks, so this week’s construction update is from photos and notes I’ve taken this year. I would have liked to have waited a year between the 2020 update, but I figured should get this year’s update out the door.

My plan for these construction updates is to feature the major cities of Southeast Asia every year, creating an archive of construction history. With the Delta variant of COVID-19 causing havoc across Southeast Asia, I don’t expect any more 2021 editions.

In my brief walks to get supplies, I noticed that some construction sites were still operating, though I don’t know how long that will last. Construction sites have been virus hotspots in the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand, so I can’t see how Vietnam will continue to keep construction sites covid-free.

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