Features: Build a bridge over the River Kwai: (Isuzu TX • Isuzu TX • Hino FB110)
Original air date: March 9, 2014
In a two-part special, the three presenters find themselves travelling out to Burma for a road trip to Thailand and the River Kwai, each taking with them a second-hand lorry that they will use to build a bridge over it – Clarkson buys a Isuzu TX that has an extensive stereo setup in the cab and a dumper truck layout in the back, May acquires a Hino FB110 with a crane on the back, while Hammond purchases another Isuzu TX, but modified with extensive space for carrying large volume loads. Starting their journey in the country’s old capital of Rangoon, the first part sees the trio take the wrong road and thus take a mountain pass to get back on track, whereupon they stop at a truckstop that they soon dislike. After reaching Burma’s new capital of Naypyidaw, and finding a hotel that has no rooms available (despite looking deserted), the trio, fed up of not finding a good place to sleep, modify their lorries for accommodation purposes as they did in Africa, and make other changes they desire or need. With their modified lorries, the trio use the empty streets of Naypyidaw for a drag race, before heading off northwards towards the Shan State, visiting a local village, dealing with some of the problems their modifications have caused, and find themselves stopping to find fuel, leading to the trio having to ride horses to the next village to get some (which doesn’t end well).