City profiles

(City planning and architecture)

City takes steps to control noise levels

Vientiane authorities will impose a new legal measure designed to control noise as part of efforts to transform the capital into a more peaceful and socially-ordered city. Mayor of Vientiane, Dr Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune, on September 19 endorsed the capital’s decision to limit the noise emanating from ...

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 ...

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Experts warn of environmental incidents as only 10% of urban waste water treated

Untreated or improperly treated waste water from treatment plants may lead to eutrophication, which causes algae blooms in rivers and lakes, leading to pollution, but also causing serious environmental incidents. According to the Vietnam Water Supply and Drainage Association, by the end of 2016, Vietnam treated ...

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 ...

Central city suspends illegal construction projects

The central city of Da Nang has suspended illegal construction of a coastal eco-tourism project in the Sơn Trà Nature Reserve, the city’s construction department said in a statement on March 19. ​The Biển Tiên Sa Joint-Stock company project has completed construction of 40 foundations ...

Sleepless in HCM City: a tourism initiative

New York, famously known as the “city that never sleeps,” will soon be joined by HCM City, which is aspiring to that status in an effort to step up its tourism game. The city, formerly known as Sài Gòn and the “Pearl of the Orient” ...

Fund shortage halts Shwe Kyaung repair

Restoration work on a national heritage building, Shwenandaw Monastery (Shwe Kyaung) in Mandalay, has been temporarily stopped due to a shortage of funds, an official from the Department of Archaeology and National Museum for Mandalay Region said on March 13. “The Ambassadors’ Fund has run ...

KOICA completes digital maps of Vientiane

A joint cooperation project between Laos and the Republic of Korea on the digital mapping of Vientiane, covering 4,600 hectares on a scale of 1 to 2,000 was completed recently, with a handover ceremony held in Vientiane on February 28. During the ceremony, the Korea International ...

PM pushes for strict urban planning, traffic control

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has called for the Ministry of Public Works and Transport to enhance urban management and consider suitable transport options to ease traffic and reduce road accidents. Mr Thongloun put these issues to officials in his address at the ministry’s annual meeting ...

Hefty fines for flouting building regulations

Building owners in Mandalay will soon face hefty fines that may exceed the value of the buildings if the structures are built without permits or if they flout regulations, warned the Mandalay City Development Committee. From April 1, fines will be increased 75 percent for ...

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