What Happened to Top Gear's Bridge Over The River Kok?
Who fell in?
As you may remember back in 2014 Top Gear was filming a special for Series 21. In which, they were supposed to travel to the river Kwai and build a bridge for their three lorries. The resulting two episodes featured many funny and memorable monents for both the three presenters, and us viewers. The bumbling trio visited places such as the capitol of Burma, desolate mountain ranges, and even the restricted Shan state for one hell of a party. The special, however, was structured around the famous book "Bridge Over the River Kwai". And, just as in the book Jeremy, Richard, and James were to build a bridge over the river Kwai, and they would only be allowed to go home once all three lorries had driven across it.
After several days of construction, Jeremy "discovered" that they were not at the right river. The challenge had been to build a bridge over the River Kwai, which flows through the Kanchanaburi Province in the western region of Thailand. According to the map, the trio had entered Thailand from the north and were building the bridge across the River Kok, which flows from Burma easterly to Mueang Chiang Rai in Thailand. As a result the River Kok is several hundred miles north of the River Kwai.
But many of us have since wondered; what happened to the bridge? Well lucky for us one entrepaneuring reddit user wondered just the same thing and emailed the campsite at which Top Gear was staying.
Thanks for this. You are correct and they did stay with us. Indeed I found the location for them and we organized all the logistics. Unfortunately, the bridge was then taken down after the filming even though we asked for it to remain in place as it was an excellent facility for the local people. The bridge was not built over the Kok, but over the Fang River which flows into the Kok, for a number of reasons.
So unfortunately we cannot travel to Thailand and cross the great river Kok upon a bridge built by Jeremy, Richard, and James.