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Welcome to the last Future Southeast Asia newsletter for 2021. It’s also my last week in Bangkok for this trip, so this is the last of the articles in Bangkok Feature Month.
This week’s article is a summary of metro lines under construction in Bangkok. There are three new lines under construction (2 monorails and a metro line), and to see each line I went to where they will junction with established lines. Unfortunately, it appears that most of the new lines won’t have an integrated interchange, so this will need to be featured in another article.
I’m writing annual updates for transit systems in major cities of Southeast Asia (here is the HCMC 2021 report), so hopefully the Bangkok 2022 report includes the opening of new lines.
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I posted this article last week to push it out the door before 2021 ended. Since then I’ve doubled the post with more updates from my wanders around the city. For example, here is a better photo of what EmSphere on Sukhumvit Road looks like.
I visited the Chong Nonsi Canal Park just before it opened. It’s a great improvement on what was there before, but do not go stand up paddling as this advertisement suggests!
And here is a glimpse of the world’s largest parliament building (overtaking Ceaușescu’s Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest).
[Updated: New Capital City of Indonesia]
[Updated: China-Laos railway]
“Construction of Latsavong Plaza, which houses a five-star shopping mall and a hotel and is said to be the tallest building in Laos, is to resume after the contractor ran into financial difficulties in 2016 and work came to a halt.”
[Updated: Future Vientiane]
“Vietnam has finished building 1,163 km (723 miles) of expressways and is expected to have 916 km more by 2023.”