Grab expands services in partnership with Bangkok’s motorbike taxi riders

Ride-hailing service Grab on May 2 began a two-wheeled service in partnership with Bangkok’s army of motorbike taxi riders – known collectively as Win. For the GrabBike (Win) service, passengers can use the Grab mobile app to book a ride and request pickup for any ...

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 ...

Two killed, nine injured in Xekong bus crash

Two people were killed instantly and nine others sustained injuries after two buses collided head-on in Laksao village, Thataeng district, Xekong province on Sunday. Deputy Chief of the Xekong Traffic Police Office, First Lieutenant Sonevixay Keo-ounvong, told Vientiane Times on Monday the accident happened at ...

Grab eyes Myanmar growth

Though the taxi-hailing service is still a relatively new concept in Myanmar, Grab, the leading ride-hailing firm in Southeast Asia, has revealed its ambitious target of attracting everyday taxi users in Yangon to book taxis through their app. Cheryl Goh, group vice president of marketing ...

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 ...

Vientiane gears up for an exciting Lao New Year

People nationwide are eagerly anticipating the Lao New Year (Pi Mai Lao) festival (Year of the Rooster) next week, with the official holiday taking place from April 14-16. Vientiane is preparing an exciting programme of activities for locals and visitors alike, including a Miss Vientiane ...

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 ...

Laos-Cambodia border closed over tensions

In the latest flare up in tensions between the two countries, Lao authorities temporarily shut a border crossing with Cambodia and dispatched more troops to an un-demarcated area on the northern border after Cambodian authorities began renovating an old French border outpost. According to local ...

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