Leg five starts off with a flight from Phuket to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam where teams make their way to Thanh Da, an indoor fishing pond to receive their next clue. Here, they find their first Fast Forward in the Race.The first team that finishes the Fast Forward challenge can skip all tasks and head directly to the Pit Stop.
Eric & Rona and Treasuri & Louisa are huge fans of The Amazing Race Asia and they conclude that previous teams that had gone for Fast Forward usually end up last, so they immediately opt for the challenge.
In this Fast Forward task, teams must break potentially hundreds of clay bowls containing steamed, sticky rice. Only one bowl contains a coin that is the golden ticket to the Pit Stop. Eric & Rona and Treasuri & Louisa are huge fans of The Amazing Race Asia and they conclude that previous teams that had gone for Fast Forward usually end up last, so they immediately opt for the challenge.
Meanwhile, back at the fishing pond, there are screams, cheers, and laughter as the teams slowly catch their prawns. They concede that it’s more of a game of luck than a game of skill in this challenge. Alex & Willare not making any progressso they decide to head to the Fast Forward task. Eric & Rona, despite Eric’s fear of prawns, manage to catch all four prawns first.
After seeing the magnitude of the Fast Forward task, Tom & Anita give up after only eating a handful of bowls and make their way back to Thanh Da to catch the prawns. Upon arrival, they are encouraged to see three remaining teamsthere – Louisa &Treasuri, JK & Mike, and Parul& Maggie.
While all the other teams finish their prawn fishing, Alex & Will are on their 46th (!!!) bowl of rice and they are clearly having trouble eating more. When Will vomits all over himself, they decide to cut their losses and head back to Thanh Da.
Teams now need to find an outdoor photocopy shop to receive their photocopied Detour information. In Detour, teams choose between “Badminton Bash” and “Flower Power”. In “Badminton Bash”, teams must score 10 points against local Badminton pros. In “Flower Power”, teams must make their way to a local flower market and put together an order of flowers from specific stalls and deliver them to a flower retail shop to receive their next clue. Being Indonesians, Treasuri& Louisa are confident of their badminton skills and decide to go for “Badminton Bash” while the other teams choose “Flower Power”.
After finishing the Detour challenge, teams now go for the Roadblock challenge with a single clue: ‘Who’s ready for a snack?’One team member must complete a five-course meal comprising bats, lizards, centipedes, scorpions, and rats. Treasuri, Rona, Maggie, Yvonne, JK, Tom and Will represent their teams to take part in this Roadblock.
Treasuri tearfully finishes her meal with the support of Louisa and they are the first to reach the Pit Stop for the third time in a row! Rona tears through the exotic meat like fast food and they become the second team to arrive at the pit stop. Yvonne & Chloe are third, followed by Parul& Maggie. Tom & Anita and JK & Mike are neck-to-neck but JK happily finishes the exotic meal and clinches fifth place, leaving Tom & Anita at sixth.
Coming up in the next episode, teams fly to Manila, Philippines where they must assemble a Disaster Preparedness Kit for families in need. After an overnight bus ride to Vigan, teams attempt to master a mixture of local traditions in order to avoid elimination.
The Amazing Race Asia airs every Thursday at 9pm on AXN. The Amazing Race Asia Season 5 is supported by presenting sponsor Wonderful Indonesia, and partners Garuda Indonesia, Grab, and Great Eastern. In the Philippines, Koji-San, Del Monte Heart Smart, Mitsubishi Mirage, Febisco, and Hi-Ro.
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About The Amazing Race Asia Season 5
In this latest season, 11 teams of socially savvy, fearless racers from all over Asia will embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience, traversing the globe and proving their mettle on a quest to be crowned the all-out champion.
Travelling to multiple countries in the shortest amount of time, each team will arrive at a new destination where they must compete in a series of physical and mental – and often emotional – challenges. Only when the tasks are completed will the teams learn of their next exotic location. Teams who fall the farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the race progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning The Amazing Race Asia and the USD$100,000 cash prize.
The 11 chosen teams hail from six countries across Asia and represent a true cast of characters with diverse personalities, backgrounds, talents and relationships. They range from popular Singaporean DJs to Filipino beauty queens and promise viewers a highly entertaining and edge-of-your-seat journey.
The Amazing Race Asia Season 5 is produced in collaboration with award-winning international production company, Profiles Television and globally renowned series creators Bertram Van Munster and Elise Doganieri.
AXN is Asia’s leading general entertainment channel featuring exclusive top-rated drama series, blockbuster features, reality programs and groundbreaking original productions. The channel appeals to a discerning audience seeking content that is smart, intriguing and unexpected, and all delivered close to the U.S telecasts. From critically acclaimed series, The Blacklist and Quantico, to award-winning reality shows, The Voice and The Amazing Race Asia, AXN is defined not by a genre, but by an attitude that truly redefines action.
First launched in Asia in 1997, AXN is a global channel brand with a presence in Latin America, Africa and Europe. In Asia, AXN is enjoyed in 85 million households across 20 territories.
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