Construction News

Thai MRTA To Open Bidding In 1Q For THB59.1 Billion Bangkok Rail Extension

The state-run Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand plans to open bidding early next year for two construction contracts worth a combined THB59.1 billion ($1.96 billion) to extend Bangkok’s electric railway network. Bidding will open in January for a THB25.9 billion contract to lay 13 kilometers of track linking the capital city with the central Thai province of Samut Prakarn, the authority’s Chairman Supoj Saplom told reporters late Monday. Bidding to build a 12 km extension to Saphan Mai in northern Bangkok–a contract worth THB33.21 billion–will begin in… Read more »

3rd Thai-lao Friendship Bridge Expected To Be Opened Next Year

The construction of the third Thai-Lao friendship bridge over the Mekong River which is progressing significantly is expected to be opened in November next year, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported. Veera Ruangsuksriwong, director-general of Thailand’s Highways Department, said that the 3rd Thai-Lao friendship bridge that will link the Thai province of Nakhon Phanom and the Lao province of Khammouan was over 70 percent completed. The progress of the construction is ahead of the due date of completion by as much as 30 percent. If the construction continues at… Read more »

India starts river project in Myanmar

India has begun construction of a river port and waterway terminal in Myanmar, aimed at promoting trade between the two countries. Construction for the Myanmar-India Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project in Sittway township of Rakhine state began Sunday, Xinhua reported Monday citing official daily New Light of Myanmar. The construction in the Kaladan river project would be completed by 2013.

Bangkok's Airport Link check-in system launch set for Jan 4

Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi Airport’s Airport Link will open and operate its check-in service for the first time on Jan 4, while passenger fares will be raised as it rises to full service after a four-month introductory operation period, according to Permanent Secretary for Transport Supoj Saplom. Mr Supoj, in his capacity as board chairman of the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), made his remarks after inspecting the readiness of the new check-in service and baggage handling systems at the City Air Terminal also known as Makkasan Station. Mr Supoj… Read more »

Best Western Launching New Brand for Lifestyle Hotels

As the world’s largest hotel chain and the fastest growing in Asia, Best Western International places great importance on not only keeping in touch with new and emerging trends in the hospitality industry, but in staying at the forefront of these trends as a pioneering force in accommodation in Asia and the Middle East. The company has identified a growing segment of modern travelers who are more sophisticated and seeking accommodation choices which offer lifestyle options along with the traditional bed and breakfast elements. They are those who… Read more »

Vietnam to see thirty more Accor hotels by 2013

Accor, the world’s leading hotel manager and market leader in Europe, have set an ambitious goal of operating thirty additional hotels in Vietnam by 2013. PRLog (Press Release) –Accor, the world’s leading hotel manager and market leader in Europe, have set an ambitious goal of operating thirty additional hotels in Vietnam by 2013. Accor already operates hotels in ninety countries and employs more than one hundred and forty five thousand people. Should Accor achieve their goal in Vietnam, they will have almost three times as many hotels under… Read more »

Flying to Cambodia: A $1 Billion Aerotropolis

BY Jenara Nerenberg  The New Siem Reap International Airport is breaking ground next year, backed by South Koreans. How do you say “aerotropolis” in Khmer? Looks like we’re about to find out. Cambodia will begin construction on its very own airport city next year–the New Siem Reap International Airport, with an adjacent special economic zone, dry port, and 15.4 square mile city–to capitalize on increasing tourist numbers from neighboring countries and increasing foreign investment interest.

Dow Announces Plans for New Propylene Glycol Plant in Thailand

The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) announced today that it plans to build a propylene glycol (PG) plant in Map Ta Phut, Thailand, with a production capacity of up to 150 KTA. The new PG facility will utilize propylene oxide (PO) derived from the new, sustainable hydrogen peroxide to propylene oxide (HPPO) technology, developed jointly by Dow and BASF SE. The HPPO plant is being constructed as part of the integrated joint venture liquids cracker and derivatives project in Thailand with Siam Cement Group (SCG). “With these investments,… Read more »

More officials, private firms face charges related to Klong Dan project

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) is getting ready to take further legal action against officials and private firms involved in the illegal construction of the Klong Dan Wastewater Treatment Plant in Samut Prakan. In its website, the NACC said it had evidence suggesting that both government agencies and private companies were involved in corrupt practices while working on the controversial project. “Our fact-finding panel has already questioned 130 witnesses and gathered more than 30,000 pages of documents,” the NACC said.

Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket and Le Meriden For Sale?

A few weeks ago we started to receive a series of phone calls and messages from investors and industry types inquiring about the sale of two prominent Phuket island hotels. Both are well known 5-star hotels owned by significant listed hospitality firms. Tracking back the information led us to the website Looking at the site “Thailand Hotels For Sale” there are a number of well known Phuket, Bangkok and other hotels in the country shown. Going to the Phuket section was an entry with a full set… Read more »