Urban administration and development

Urban development trends

Foreigners own 2 pct of Vietnam housing supply: report

Foreigners own around 16,000 apartments in Vietnam, or 2 percent of the total housing supply, and this has not affected local people’s opportunity to buy houses, a report says. From 2015 to 2020, 17 major real estate developers in Vietnam have sold 12,335 property units to ...

Dat Nguyen

Looking for a fix for Asia's traffic woes

With no single cause, and no magic solution, the congestion of Asia’s cities requires government resolve and know-how to fix. Urban congestion, more commonly known as traffic, is probably the most painful daily experience for people living in modern cities. It costs our time, ruins our ...

Yi Jiang

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 ...


Thai Government media campaign to promote Chao Phraya project

Construction of the controversial Bt14-billion Chao Phraya Landmark project is expected to start early next year, according to a source close to the project. The source also said on 21 February that Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan had ordered state radio and TV stations ...

Hor Pha Keo restoration nearing completion

Renovation of the Hor Pha Keo Museum is now about 80 percent complete, according to the Vice Mayor of Vientiane Mr Saythong Keoduangdy. Speaking at a press conference at the museum on 16 February, Mr Saythong said the first phase of the restoration was almost 100 ...

Laos' sleepy capital awakens to a construction boom

The capital of Laos is a low-rise, low-key city, especially when compared with the hulking high-rises and bustling streets of better-known Southeast Asian cities such as Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. But this once-sleepy city is fast shedding its sedate reputation due to a building boom ...

Structures by Phnom Penh canal flattened

A collection of houses and other structures belonging to nine families living alongside a canal in the capital’s Russey Keo district was destroyed on 18 January by a large group of men sent by local authorities. The Beung Salang villagers had been previously told to vacate a ...

Mandalay tent dwellers hope to get public housing

Tent-dwellers on the banks of the Ayeyarwady River in Mandalay may soon be exchanging their canvas walls for bricks and mortar, as the regional government seeks tenants for newly completed low-cost housing. The Mandalay Region government has decided not to charge would-be tenants a deposit amounting ...

Solutions elusive as traffic jams Yangon

U Than Htwe and Daw Kay Thi Tun are among the millions of commuters who find themselves spending hours on Yangon’s old and overburdened public transport system every day, a routine that takes its toll on the health, well-being and income of the city’s residents. Without ...

Luang Prabang town plans to expand

Luang Prabang provincial authorities have plans to expand the town to ease traffic congestion and in response to the increasing number of tourists to the World Heritage site. The Luang Prabang town expansion project covers 100 hectares of land starting from Donkeo village to Luang Prabang ...

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