What's happening in Hue

The proposed Phnom Penh monorail, North Bali International Airport, a big tunnel for the East Coast Rail Link begins boring, and more construction and transport news in Southeast Asia.

Greetings from Hanoi! After arriving at Noi Bai Airport I got the airport bus to the city (I always try and get public transport from the airport to see how cities compare). The bus goes from the domestic terminal to the international terminal, and it was at the international section where we were stuck in a traffic jam. They stopped letting vehicles in for a while to try and clear the bottleneck.

I thought that this couldn’t be normal, and sure enough, it made the news that night.

There is a metro line planned for Hanoi Airport, but that is years away from being a reality. The tagline for Future Southeast Asia is “Construction, transport, and infrastructure in Southeast Asia”, but I often think it should be “If I see it in my lifetime that would be great!”

As you might have guessed, I’m in Hanoi to report on the status of the metro system. The good news is that the first line is now open, and I have already been on it for a test ride. I will also be walking the roads where the next line is under construction.

If you know Hanoi, you know that June is not the best time to be walking around (like walking around in New York in August). I probably won’t have another opportunity to visit Hanoi this year, so I will be sweating it out in order to file the 2022 Hanoi metro report.

I arrived in Hanoi from Hue, which is the subject of this week’s articles. I didn’t think there would be much to cover in Hue, as it is a city that is better known for its imperial citadel. Once I got there though, I started seeing billboards with advertising for new urban areas on the other side of the city.

The first article is a fact sheet of the main projects happening in the province of Thua Thien Hue, while the second article is a construction report within Hue.

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