News: February 2024

New bids to revive KL-Singapore high-speed rail, reviving the Philippine railway system, more delays for Sino-Thai high-speed railway

Welcome to another edition of Southeast Asia Railway News.

I spent most of this month in Vietnam where my rail travels were confined to research. I went on a road trip to a neighbouring province of Ho Chi Minh City to follow the path of a proposed railway along a resort coast. This railway is unlikely to happen, but I wanted to see what was happening along the coast.

I’m now in Australia on a short visit, and I am planning rail trips for 6 countries when I return to Southeast Asia.

Here is a summary of news and stories of rail travel in Southeast Asia over the last month.


🇰🇭 Cambodia

• The Bamboo Railway in Battambang is a makeshift trolley railway that runs on the Phnom Penh -Poipet rail line. It has become such a tourist attraction that the concept has been reproduced on a new rail line. It looks more like a theme park ride, but I will check it out the next time I am in Battambang.

🇮🇩 Indonesia

🇱🇦 Laos

• An update on the Bangkok - Khamsavath (Vientiane) service. It was reported last month that this cross-border service would start in April. It is now looking like it will start around 13 - 20 May 2024

🇲🇾 Malaysia

🇵🇭 Philippines

🇹🇭 Thailand

”They comprise the 281km Pak Nam Pho-Denchai route, which costs 81.14 billion baht; the 308km Jira Junction-Ubon Ratchathani route (44.1 billion baht); and the 45km Hat Yai-Padang Besar route (7.9 billion baht).”

"The Board of Investment (BoI) has agreed to extend new privileges to the builder of a high-speed railway linking three airports, in a fresh effort to unlock the 224-billion-baht transport infrastructure project in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC)."

🇻🇳 Vietnam

"The Government’s standing members at a recent meeting assigned the MoT to continue to collect opinions from experts, scientists, and experienced officials in the railway industry to choose an optimal solution for submission to the Political Bureau in March."

“Some four railway projects that the WB is paying attention to include the eastern belt railway project in Hanoi, the Bien Hoa - Vung Tau railway project, the Ho Chi Minh City - Can Tho railway project, and the railway traffic safety project.”

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