Could Phan Rang be the next tourism hub of Vietnam

Another casino project in Cambodia, Neo-Pattaya as the next Miami, and a Bangkok transit system concept map.

This week’s future city is Phan Rang-Thap Cham in Ninh Thuan province. I visited in December last year, and I can say that it’s not going to be the next big thing any time soon, especially when there are so many coastal provinces competing for that title. It is though building some new beach hotels and city malls that will at least put it on the map for domestic tourists. And this post shows, one of the developers in Ninh Thuan is hoping to turn the province into a new tourism hub.

The cover image is the Sunbay Park Hotel & Resort project. I was there on a stormy day and the water wasn’t looking great. I ended up cancelling my exploration of the province as it was too windy. I stayed in Phan Rang to see what was under construction, and the Sunbay Park site was busy with construction activity on the day of my visit.

[Sunbay Park Hotel & Resort under construction - December 2020.]

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Construction and infrastructure projects planned for Phan Rang–Thap Cham, Ninh Thuan Province in the South Central Coast region of Vietnam.

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Regular readers here will know that I like concept metro maps, so I was pleased to see another interpretation of the future Bangkok transit system. Metro maps rarely represent reality, and for circular lines it’s up to the map designer to come up with a shape that anchors the map. London has its bottle-shaped Circle Line, and here we have a breadloaf-shaped MRT Blue Line.

Here is what it looks like in reality. On a side note, it annoys me that the MRT Blue line is a fallen-over b-shape and not a closed circle line.

[Image via Render Thailand.]


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