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New airports planned and under construction in Southeast Asia – 2021 edition

Air travel in Southeast Asia boomed in the 2010s, with new routes opening up previously unconnected provincial cities, and low-cost airlines making long-distance travel more comfortable and affordable. To give you an idea of these boom times, I posted about Vietnam’s aviation market in 2019. To cater to this new-found demand, old airports have been […]

Da Lat–Thap Cham railway restoration

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. The original railway was completed in 1932 and ran until 1968. For the full history, […]

Bangkok’s Gold Line

After many years of waiting, Bangkok’s brand new Gold Line finally opened on December 16 2020, the newest addition to the city’s expanding family of electric train lines. By most estimations, Bangkok will boast around 450km of them by 2025 (subject to the shifting whims of Thai politics). Not bad for a city that, until […]

Future Hoi An / Quang Nam Province

Quang Nam is a coastal province of Central Vietnam, in between Da Nang to the north and Quang Ngai Province to the south. In the interior, it borders Kon Tum Province and Laos. While Quang Nam is not a household name for the average tourist, everyone knows its most famous city of Hoi An. In […]

Building better new cities in Southeast Asia

New urban areas and city development projects are being built across Southeast Asia to accommodate a rapidly urbanising population. As the editor-in-chief of this urban development website, I’ve been keeping track of these new projects over the years. As I travel around Southeast Asia I’ve visited many of these new urban areas, and I’m seeing […]

Ho Chi Minh City Metro Concept Map

Ho Chi Minh City Metro Concept Map
If Saigon had a subway like Shanghai - an expanded map of the planned Ho Chi Minh City Metro.