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Thailand Plans $37 Billion Smart City to Support Industrial Hub

A view of the Bangkok skyline. Thailand is planning to build a smart city near the capital.

A view of the Bangkok skyline. Thailand is planning to build a smart city near the capital.

Photographer: Andre Malerba/Bloomberg

Thailand is planning to build a $37 billion smart city in an industrial hub near Bangkok that’s already drawn billions of dollars of investment pledges from global automotive, robotics, healthcare and logistics companies.  

A master-plan to build the city in Huai Yai subdistrict of Chonburi province, some 160 kilometers (99 miles) southeast of Bangkok, was approved by a panel chaired by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha on Monday. The yet-to-be-named city will be spread over 14,619 rais (2,340 hectares) of land and will cost 1.34 trillion baht ($37 billion) over the next 10 years, officials said.