Leg 20.03 – “I need this facial after the bamboo hit me earlier.”
The third Leg of the Race begins as teams learn they will be taking a helicopter tour of the stunning Himalayas before landing at Everest Base Camp.
They must first check-in at the Double U-Turn Vote Board before opening the next clue telling them to fly to Mandalay, Myanmar!
Teams will hop back into their helicopters which will take them to Kathmandu for their flight via Bangkok arriving in Mandalay at 7:15pm.
Upon arrival in Mandalay, teams will be shuttled onto one of three buses, departing 10 minutes apart to take them to the village of Yandabo.
After checking in at the Double U-Turn Reveal Board, teams will encounter the Detour: Wide Load or Good Form.
In Wide Load, teams must collect several bundles of large bamboo and carry them to a loading area where they will load them onto a truck.
In Good Form, teams must learn how to successfully make a large pot with an intricate design. Once approved, they will finish properly loading a truck with completed pots.
This is also the Trigger Point for this Leg of the Race. If two or more teams fail their first attempt at the pots, the U-Turn or Yield will be activated on the next Leg.
After completing the Detour, teams must hop into the trucks with their cargo and deliver them to specific addresses in the city of Myingyan.
Teams will be given a traditional puppet which they must keep until further notice as well as their next clue.
Teams must now make their way to Bagan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for their next clue.
Teams will then make their way to Shwe Pyi Nann Thanakha Museum where they will find the Road Block: Who can grind it out?
For this Road Block, teams must learn how to successfully make thanaka, a cosmetic paste made from ground bark. Once they have made a good batch and put some on their partner’s face, they will receive the next clue.
Heading back into the Bagan Archaeological Zone, teams will find the Double Road Block: See or Do.
For this Double Road Block, teams must decorate a ceremonial ox who will pull a cart at the temple. The team member who will See will use a provided Samsung Galaxy S20 to describe how to decorate the ox from an example to their teammate who will Do and is meters away. They will only communicate using their Samsung Galaxy S20s. When approved, they will receive their next clue.
That clue directs teams to choose an e-bike each and then search the sprawling complex for five puppets that match the ones they were given earlier in the Leg. Each puppet holds a piece of a clue. Teams must be on the e-bike at all times and cannot walk more than five steps without riding on the bike.
When put together, the clue reveals the secret location of the Pit Stop:
Teams will be able to find that location with their clue and they must reach the Mat on their e-bikes.
The first team to check-in here will win P200,000 courtesy of Shell V-Power Nitro+.
The last team to check-in WILL be eliminated.
In terms of logistics, this is definitely a little bit of a difficult Leg to execute. But this visit to Myanmar was essentially to visit Bagan which would definitely be stunning to film with 8K drones!
Rewind back to Nepal though, the last Leg kind of developed piece by piece. And the last minute addition of Namche Bazaar opened up the possibility of getting to reach Everest Base Camp somehow. I read about helicopter day tours, so it fit perfectly here. Especially since we have to get teams easily back to Kathmandu anyway. It will definitely be a stunning little extra bit of travel pron at the beginning of the Leg.
Moving on to Myanmar, the Detour is a good pair of tasks for teams. Straight-forward tasks that will be physical. The delivery task is just something extra to help fill out the Leg and get teams closer to Bagan.
The Road Block feels like a typical Road Block task. But it’s definitely a task that relates to Myanmar very well.
The Double Road Block gets in some Samsung promo for what is otherwise another straight-forward task. Having to describe how to decorate via phone will hopefully provide some extra challenge.
The e-bike task gets teams to explore the sprawling Bagan Archaeological Zone. And it will definitely provoke some drama at the end of the Leg with the needle in a haystack task. Teams having to use e-bikes could be another extra challenge as well.
Overall, a pretty good Leg even if a little tricky with logistics.