City profiles


Mekong region cities ‘face same problems’

Cities in the Mekong River region are facing common challenges from urbanisation, experts say. These cities are seeing their heritage roots disappear as they grow too quickly, and their residents don’t have the chance to set their own path for urban development.Keep reading ...


HCM City set to clear canals

The HCM City People’s Committee has asked district authorities to work with agencies to crack down on illegal encroachment on rivers, canals and the drainage system in an aim to prevent flooding. Lê Văn Khoa, vice chairman of the People’s Committee, said that illegal encroachment on ...

Phú Quốc to be ‘smart city’ by 2020

The Kiên Giang Province People’s Committee has approved making Phú Quốc a smart city by 2020. The project will be based on the Việt Nam Post and Telecommunications Corporation’s information communications technology infrastructure and the province’s e-governance. It seeks to develop Phú Quốc island into ...

City’s flood action plan

City Hall officials are holding meetings with other departments to find ways to let water flow from flood-prone areas of Chbar Ampov district. City Hall spokesman Met Meas Pheakdey said the district was the lowest-lying area and routinely suffered floods after heavy rain. He said the ...

Plans ignored, urban areas hurt

Failure to follow planning in many urban areas has negative consequences for urban development,  Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng said at a recent conference of the construction sector. As regulated, an Urban Development and Management Board will be set up to help local authorities ...

Clear the streets – or else

Street vendors in Phnom Penh have been warned to clean up their act or face legal action. Phnom Penh Deputy Governor Khuong Sreng said selfish vendors caused traffic congestion and disruption on roads around the capital. He said the authorities were keen to clamp down but ...

China Town, Khao San Road areas to be transformed into organised street food areas

The government is planning to transform Bangkok’s China Town and Khao San Road into well-organised areas for street food vendors. “We will allow street stalls, as long as they comply with our regulations on zoning, stall designs, green packaging and hygienic standards,” Second Lieutenant Pornchanok Amphan, ...

US$265 million for smart traffic operation centre in HCM City

A smart traffic operation centre in HCM City will receive an investment of VNĐ6 trillion (US$265 million) from 2017 to 2020, the city’s Department of Transport has said. In the first phase of the project, about VNĐ250 billion ($11 million) will be allocated to upgrade ...

Floating parking lots on rivers and canals: Hanoi mulls plan

La Xanh JSC has suggested building a system of floating parking lots on rivers and canals in the inner city of Hanoi to solve the shortage of land for car parks. In a letter to Hanoi’s leaders, Mai Trong Tuan, director of La Xanh JSC, said ...

Residents seek to legitimise homes on farm land

The southern metropolis’ breakneck urbanisation has turned much its surrounding agricultural land into urban space, both officially and unofficially. Residential houses have been built on top of former farmland parcels for decades now, however, existing law has not provided legitimacy for this practice, leading to ...

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