The Da Lat Railway in Vietnam

More updates on the cancelled Singapore-KL high-speed railway, Chinese construction in Kampot, and a feasibility study for the Mandalay-Kyaukphyu railway.

This week I continue profiling the proposed railway projects in Vietnam, even ones that are not likely to be built.

The Da Lat–Thap Cham railway was an 84 km railway that connected Da Lat in the Central Highlands to Thap Cham on the main North–South railway of Vietnam. The proposed restoration would rebuild a new line along the same route.

Like every other proposed railway project in Vietnam, this one still remains as proposed. With other railways being of higher priority (such as the North-South line and Mekong railway), this would be a low priority for the government. It would be up to the developer to make a case for building it, and whether they can make a profit from the land they would get in exchange for building it.

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Da Lat–Thap Cham railway restoration

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Still lots of editorial being written about this cancelled cancelled project (more articles listed below).


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“Thai fishing villagers in Baan Suan Kong are pushing for more environmentally-friendly solutions that do not hurt or uproot communities.”


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