Top Gear

Series 12 - 8. Top Gear Vietnam Special

Top Gear Vietnam Special
Radio Times
Review by:
James Gill

This special from 2008 remains one of Top Gear’s most ambitious adventures, and certainly one of its most beautiful. The three less-than-intrepid explorers are forced to abandon their preference for four wheels and instead drive motorbikes from the south of Vietnam to Ha Long Bay in the north.

Jeremy Clarkson spends the whole time moaning about his rusty nail bucket of a scooter, while singularly ignoring the beautiful country around him – except at the end, of course, when he has an epiphany about both motorbikes and the country he’s been lucky enough to travel through.

It’s a familiar and, several years on, perhaps an exhausted formula. And yet, specials like these still manage to inspire the boyish sense of adventure: whether that means buying tailored suits for less than it would cost to buy a t-shirt back home, or tearing along an isolated coast road with just your mates and the scenery for company.

About this programme

8/8. Festive special from 2008 in which Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May embark on one of the most spectacular road trips they have ever attempted. Arriving in Vietnam, they are challenged to travel the entire length of the country in just eight days. First they must buy suitable transport for the journey, and despite having several million Dong in their pockets, this proves more difficult than they expected, especially in one of the most expensive car markets in the world.

Cast and crew

Cast

Presenter
Jeremy Clarkson
Presenter
James May
Presenter
Richard Hammond

Crew

Executive Producer
Andy Wilman
Categories
Lifestyle