City profiles

(Urban infrastructure)

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 ...

Pakxe looks forward to new park with embankment construction set to start

Provision of compensation for people affected by the Mekong River Integrated Management Project in central Pakxe, Champassak province, is complete, paving the way for construction to begin this month. ​A project to extend the riverbank and create a green and relaxing public space similar to ...

Asia dominates rankings of most expensive cities

Asian cities such as Singapore and Tokyo were the most expensive worldwide for residents in 2016, as currency appreciation drove an increase in the general cost of living. The Worldwide Cost of Living research, conducted semiannually by The Economist Intelligence Unit, found that half of ...

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” ...

Vientiane eyes improved transport solutions

Vientiane plans to improve non-motorised transport and public transport in the face of the rapidly increasing number of vehicles, which are clogging up the capital’s streets. The project will encourage city people to use sustainable modes of transport, Vientiane Vice Mayor Mr Keophilavanh Aphaylath said ...

Lat Phrao Canal project faces delay as residents refuse to budge

The bright new face of Lat Phrao Canal is likely to be unveiled later than planned because many homeowners have refused to move from the area, even after the National Council for Peace and Order used special powers to expedite the project to create a beauty ...

Vientiane has business potential but needs more infrastructure

Vientiane still has a huge potential for businesses and investment since Laos is being integrated with South East Asian Nations, according to economists. However, economists recommended that infrastructure development including roads, water and electricity supply are crucial for facilitating and attracting more entrepreneurs to the ...

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 ...

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