Khiri Travel helps Top Gear cross Myanmar

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The Top Gear team of (from left): Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May
The Top Gear team of (from left): Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May

Khiri Travel provided its Southeast Asian expertise to the BBC recently, as it helped arrange the popular Top Gear show’s two-part special in Myanmar.

The show, which was first broadcast last weekend in the UK, saw the Top Gear trio of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May buy three old Burmese trucks and drive them up through Myanmar, to the Shan State and Golden Triangle, and then down to the River Kwai in Thailand’s Kanchanaburi province.

The programme took 17 days to shoot in October last year, with eight weeks of pre-production by local fixers. Twelve vehicles and 40 crew members worked behind the scenes to capture the adventure.

Khiri Travel and Asia Film Fixers (AFF) were brought in by the Top Gear production team to provide a range of services, including location scouting, government liaison services, transport, accommodation, catering and itinerary advice. This included getting special permission from the Myanmar government to drive between Taunggyi in Shan State and Tachileik on the Thai border. And Khiri said it believes this may have been the first time foreigners have made that trip since World War II.

“With AFF we’re ready for more outlandish TV and film assignments in Southeast Asia. The crazier and more challenging the better,” said Khiri Travel’s CEO, Willem Niemeijer.

The episodes will be aired around the world on the BBC Knowledge channel, and are expected to reach an audience of 350 million viewers.

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