The Amazing Race Asia 1 is the first installment of the show, The Amazing Race Asia and the second version of the reality television franchise The Amazing Race. It premiered on November 9, 2006 and ended on February 1, 2007 on AXN.


After demand from their own viewers demanding for a local version, AXN Asia purchased the rights to produce The Amazing Race Asia. Immediately, over 1000 teams applied for the first season. Non-Asians were allowed to participate as long as they lived in the country they represented for a certain amount of undisclosed time.

Allan Wu was announced as host in July 2006. Shortly after, production began on the first season, which ultimately aired from November 2006 to February 2007.

Sony Electronics Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd, AirAsia, Caltex, MSN, Nokia, Bintan Lagoon Resort, Ford, and Tourism Malaysia were the official sponsors of the seasons and would provide the prizes awarded to first place teams on certain legs.

Unlike the US version, teams were only allowed to take flights on one airline, AirAsia, as they were the official airline sponsors. In addition, the products of sponsors were more heavily involved in the tasks in order the cover the costs of the season.


ASS1 JoeJerZabrina
 1st place 
Joe Jer & Zabrina
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ASS1 SandyFrancesca
 2nd place 
Sandy & Francesca
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ASS1 AndrewSyeon
 3rd place 
Andrew & Syeon
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ASS1 MarsioMardy
 4th place 
Marsio & Mardy
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ASS1 AndyLaura
 5th place 
Andy & Laura
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ASS1 HowardSahran
 6th place 
Howard & Sahran
Best Friends
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ASS1 MelodySharon
 7th place 
Melody & Sharon
Best Friends
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ASS1 SahilPrashant
 8th place 
Sahil & Prashant
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ASS1 JacquelineAubrey
 9th place 
Jacqueline & Aubrey
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ASS1 ErnieJeena
 10th place 
Ernie & Jeena
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Episode Air Date[1] Leg Destination First Place Last Place Finish Viewership
1 "I Don't Think I Can Do This" November 9, 2006 1 Malaysia Marsio & Mardy Sandy & Francesa Non-Elimination
2 "They're Speedy, They're Fast and They're First" November 16, 2006 2 Malaysia → Indonesia Sahil & Prashant Ernie & Jeena 1st Eliminated
10th Place
3 "Give Me the Strength, Give Me the Strength" November 23, 2006 3 Indonesia Howard & Sahran Jacqueline & Aubrey 2nd Eliminated
9th Place
4 "Just Shut Up and Do It" November 30, 2006 4 Indonesia → Australia Andrew & Syeon Howard & Sahran Non-Elimination
5 "It's Blowing Like Your Mum's Pants on a Windy Day" December 7, 2006 5 Australia → New Zealand Andy & Laura Sahil & Prashant 3rd Eliminated
8th Place
6 "What Have You Been Eating!" December 14, 2006 6 New Zealand Sandy & Francesca Melody & Sharon 4th Eliminated
7th Place
7 "Don't Stand There Doing Nothing!" December 21, 2006 7 New Zealand → Singapore → Thailand Andy & Laura Joe Jer & Zabrina Non-Elimination
8 "My Legs Are Shaking Like Jelly" December 28, 2006 8 Thailand Marsio & Mardy Howard & Sahran 5th Eliminated
6th Place
9 "This Is Totally, Totally Out of This World!" January 4, 2007 9 Thailand → India Andy & Laura Sandy & Francesca Ordered to
Continue Racing
10 "War Has Begun!" January 11, 2007 Sandy & Francesca Andy & Laura 6th Eliminated
5th Place
11 "This Is Going to Be Embarrassing!" January 18, 2007 10 India → United Arab Emirates Sandy & Francesca Marsio & Mardy Non-Elimination
12 "Oh My Goodness, I Have to Eat a Brain!" January 25, 2007 11 United Arab Emirates Andrew & Syeon Marsio & Mardy 7th Eliminated
4th Place
13 "24 Days, 15 Cities, 39,000 Kilometres and It Comes Down to This" February 1, 2007 12 United Arab Emirates → Malaysia Joe Jer & Zabrina Andrew & Syeon 3rd Place
Sandy & Francesca 2nd Place


The following teams participated in the Race, with their relationships at the time of filming. Placements are listed in finishing order:

Place Team Leg 1 Leg 2 Leg 3 Leg 4 Leg 5 Leg 6 Leg 7 Leg 8 Leg 9 Leg 10 Leg 11 Leg 12 Average Icon-Roadblock
1 Joe Jer & Zabrina 3 4 5 6 3 3 6 5 4 4 3 2 1 3.75 6-6
2 Sandy & Francesca 10 9 2 3 5 1 4 3 5 1> 1 3 2 3.67 6-6
3 Andrew & Syeon 5 8 8 1 2 4 2 4 2 3 2 1 3 3.58 6-6
4 Marsio & Mardy 1 2 6 4 6 5 5 1 3 2 4 4 3.64 6-4
5 Andy & Laura 7 7 7 7 1 2 1 2 1 5< 4.33 5-4
6 Howard & Sahran 9 3 1 8 4 6 3 6 5.00 4-3
7 Melody & Sharon 6 5 3 2 7 7 5.00 3-2
8 Sahil & Prashant 8 1 4 5 8 5.20 2-2
9 Jacqueline & Aubrey 4 6 9 6.33 1-1
10 Ernie & Jeena 2 10 6.00 0-1
Notes [1][2] [3] [4] [6] [7] [8]
     The team finished in first place
     The team finished in last place and was eliminated from the race
     The team finished in last place in a non-elimination leg
     The team that won The Amazing Race
     The team that crossed the Finish Line second
     The team that crossed the Finish Line third
The team used the Fast Forward pass
> The team used the Yield
< Recipient of the Yield

1: Andrew & Syeon initially arrived 1st. However, they did not follow the trail as instructed in their clue to the Pit Stop, and were asked to complete it before checking in. Four teams checked in during that time period, dropping them to 5th.
2: For unknown reasons on the subsequent Leg, the starting placements of Howard & Sahran and Sahil & Prashant were switched, resulting in Howard & Sahran starting in 8th place and Sahil & Prashant starting in 9th.
3: Five of the nine teams arrived at the Pit Stop after receiving a four-hour penalty for failing to complete the Roadblock (Joe Jer, Marsio, Andy, Syeon and Aubrey). The initial placements for all teams are as follows (The four italicized teams were not given the penalty):

1st: Joe Jer & Zabrina; 2nd: Howard & Sahran; 3rd: Sandy & Francesca; 4th: Marsio & Mardy; 5th: Andy & Laura; 6th: Andrew & Syeon; 7th: Melody & Sharon; 8th: Sahil & Prashant; 9th: Jacqueline & Aubrey. However, Jacqueline & Aubrey were not issued the penalty and were eliminated.

4: Laura suffered an injury to her left leg on the way to Oceanworld in Sydney, Australia. After the tests were done, she was allowed to continue the next Leg of the race.
5: Howard & Sahran were issued a four-hour penalty because Howard failed to complete the Roadblock. They checked in the Pit Stop last, but were notified that it was a non-elimination Leg. The four-hour penalty they took from the Roadblock would be instead applied at the starting time at Leg 5.
6: Sahil & Prashant initially arrived 5th, but were issued a one-hour penalty because they were driven around in a private vehicle in Devonport, breaking a Race rule prohibiting hitch-hiking. The last three teams (Sandy & Francesca, Marsio & Mardy, and Melody & Sharon) checked in during their penalty time, dropping them to last and eliminating them.
7: Andy & Laura were caught speeding at 146 km/h while the speed limit was 100 km/h. The penalty was 2 minutes times the number of km/h by which they had exceeded the speed limit. They were issued a 92-minute penalty to be assessed at the start of the following Leg, therefore departing at Pit Start last.
8: Leg 9 is a double-length Leg with two Detours and two Roadblocks, shown over two episodes. The placements listed in the first column reflect the order teams arrived at the leg's halfway point. The Yield appeared before the second Detour.



  • First season to have an all-female team win the race.
  • First season to visit Indonesia.
  • First time to have a team representing Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.
  • First season to feature a Non-Elimination Leg on the first leg.
  • First season to have five non-elimination legs (in the standard format).
  • First season to have only ten teams participate in the race (in the standard format).


  • First season to visit Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, India, and the United Arab Emirates.
  • First season to visit the continent of Oceania.
  • First season to implement the non-elimination penalty where the last team to arrive at the non-elimination leg was required to turn over all the money they accumulated throughout the race and they were not receive any money on the next leg of the race.
  • First season to have a Virtual Pit Stop where teams met host Allan Wu at Pit Stop mat, only to have him hand them the next clue instead of checking them in.
  • First introduction of the Yield, which allows any one team to force another team to stop racing for a predetermined amount of time.
  • Only season to have multiple Fast Forwards available on the race.


  • Surajit Agarwal at Television Asia (04/01/2006): "AXN to WOW Asian audiences with original productions: the Amazing Race Asia will be AXN's biggest initiative in the region."
  • (07/15/2006): "Over 1000 teams apply for AXN's The Amazing Race Asia"
  • Jerry Donato at PhilStar Global (10/08/2006): "New twists and turns in The Amazing Race Asia"
  • exchange4media News Service (10/10/2006): "The Amazing Race Asia' set to debut on AXN this November"
  • Walden Sadiri at Manila Bulletin (11/05/2006): "The 'Amazing Race Asia' Is On"
  • Vicki Rothrock at Variety (11/14/2006): "Race ratings roar"


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