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The presenters prepare to cross a Burmese river

The Burma Special was a two-part special episode of the BBC motoring show Top Gear. The special saw the three presenters using a trio of derelict lorries to travel across Burma, also known by it's modern name of Myanmar, to Thailand in order to construct a bridge over the River Kwai. The special aired as the penultimate and final episode in Top Gear's twenty first series, on the 9th of March, 2014 and the 16th of March, 2014 respectively. The special aired in two parts like 2013's Africa Special that preceded it.

The Burma Special faced controversy after its airing when viewers complained that Jeremy and Richard made racist remarks in the second part of the episode by referring simultaneously to the gradient on their bridge and a local Thai man crossing it.


Truck Make/Model Driver
CLarkson truck
Isuzu TX Jeremy Clarkson
Hammond TRUCK
Isuzu TX Richard Hammond
Hino FB110 James May


Part I

The presenters meet in the capital of Myanmar, Yangon, in the People's Square opposite Burma's famous Shwedagon Pagoda.

Part II


Construction of the Bridge



  • The Burma Special is the fourth Top Gear special to be filmed in an Asian country, after Vietnam in the Vietnam Special, India in the India Special, and Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, and Israel in the Middle East Special.
  • The Burma Special was followed by the Patagonia Special which means that four special episodes of Top Gear aired consecutively in 2014.
  • Airing of the show courted controversy when Hammond and Clarkson made racist remarks about Thai people