Leg 9 – “Get it out of my mouth!!!”
The Race continues immediately as teams must set off on the 9th Leg by traveling to the Thailand/Cambodia border by bus.
There, teams must cross the border on foot and then take a taxi from the border to Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Once in Siem Reap, teams must continue to Penny Lane at the Old Market where they will find the next clue.
And that clue reveals a Double Battle!
For this Double Battle, teams will be enjoying a local treat: fried tarantulas! Teams must eat a total of 6 tarantulas, 3 for each team member. The team who can eat their tarantulas the fastest will receive their next clue. The losing teams must eat two more tarantulas to receive the next clue.
Teams must now hop into a tuk tuk to take them to Angkor Wat. (After they’ve bought tickets of course.)
Before entering, teams must stop at the Double Yield board at the entrance.
Teams will then enter Angkor Wat and search the grounds for their next clue.
And that clue reveals the Road Block: Who wants to take a selfie?
For this Road Block, teams must choose one set of yellow and red beaded necklaces, each with a different pattern. They will search the grounds of the Angkor Wat, mindful of being respectful at all times, for a monk wearing the exact same necklace. Once they think they’ve found the correct monk, they will use a provided Samsung Galaxy S6 phone to take a photo WITH the monk to show to the head monk at the starting point.
If correct, the team member will be given an offering. After reuniting with their teammate, they must present the offering to a monk near the entrance to Angkor Wat to receive their next clue.
That clue directs teams to the harbor on the Tonle Sap where they must search for their next clue.
And that clue reveals the Detour, Catch Lunch or Make Lunch.
In Catch Lunch, teams must collect shrimp from fish traps in the river using traditional methods until they have 1 kilo of shrimp. Once they have enough, the fisherman will hand them the next clue.
In Make Lunch, teams must prepare and deliver a popular dish along the Tonle Sap known as Tonle Sap chicken. Teams must collect the ingredients needed, including water from the river and prahok fish paste, and then begin cooking the dish. Taking already cooked rice and chicken, teams must then prepare 10 lunches which they will deliver to two different houses floating on the river by rowing themselves to flagged floating homes. Receiving payment for the lunch delivery, teams will exchange the money for their next clue.
After the Detour, teams must now make their way to the South Gate of Angkor Thom for their next clue.
That clue tells teams to count the number of statues leading up to the South Gate. Then, choosing a tandem bike, teams can pedal themselves to the Pit Stop, Prasat Bayon.
The first team to check in with the correct answer will win P100,000 from Shell V-power Nitro+.
And the last team to check in WILL be eliminated from the Race.
I think I like this Leg too. I like the traveling over land to cross the border.
Needing another Double Battle, I thought the tarantula eating would be perfect. It’s the kind of simple, yet possibly fun task that Double Battles should be about. And it takes place before sunrise as well, I believe. So it’s a Route Marker task to help with logistics and keep teams moving at all times. But it is definitely a blatant equalizer since ALL teams will need to be present for the Double Battle to begin. I also made sure it was a Double Battle where more than one team gets penalized.
TARs haven’t been able to fully use Angkor Wat as a location to really show it off. Hopefully this Road Block will as it has teams running around the entire compound looking for monks, who as we learned in TARAU3 love to show and take pictures. lol
I’m sure there’s other things to do in Siem Reap, but the Tonle Sap is likely a sure visit for any future TAR as well. I hope the Tonle Sap chicken is a much better task than collecting teeth, playing basketball or fixing a pool table which the other TARs have done. But it has teams rowing themselves around, so that should take as much time as the shrimp.
The final task at Angkor Thom and riding the bike is another way to show off the area. Plus, the counting is just one of those simple tasks that could just royally screw a team. Could be interesting, especially if it’s a close race.