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The Pain Does Not Exist is the fourth episode of The Amazing Race Asia 5.

Story

Retrieved from AXN.com[1]

The fourth leg of The Amazing Race Asia season 5 starts with the teams making a race to Phuket, Thailand. While the other teams head off to Phang Nga Elephant Park for their Route Marker, Rach & Vicky have to perform their Speed Bump as they avoided elimination in the last episode.

In Speed Bump, Rach & Vicky must make their way to Wat Tham Phung Chang Temple. Inside the Elephant Belly Cave, Rach & Vicky must find an elephant statuette in order to continue their race.

In Phang Nga Elephant Park, teams must prepare the elephants' favorite treat: a large pile of pineapple stock. Once they have gathered enough, teams will get to ride the elephant from the river to their feeding area before receiving clues to their next destination. Treasuri & Louisa, Parul & Maggie and Anita & Tom complete their tasks with almost no difficulties as they make their way to Sarasin Bridge for clues to their Detour challenge.

For their Detour challenge, teams must choose between "Muay Thai" and "Un-tie". In "Muay Tie", both team members must master and then successfully perform an old-school Wai Kru routine under the watchful and extremely strict eye of their trainer. In "Un-tie", teams must untie a pontoon raft tied to the shoreline with hundreds of complicated knots. Once they have freed the raft, they must pull themselves across to the floating fishing village in order to retrieve their clue.

Treasuri & Louisa, Yvonne & Chloe, Anita & Tom and Eric & Rona choose "Un-tie". Will & Alex, Parul & Maggie, JK & Mike and Rach & Vicky choose "Muay Thai".

With their puzzle-solving skills, Treasuri & Louisa quickly complete their Detour challenge, leaving the other teams lagging far behind. At "Muay Thai", teams are finding out that this challenge is not as easy as they thought, as they make repeated attempts at their performance.

Under pressure of "Muay Thai", Rach cannot keep up with the routine and breaks down in the middle of the challenge. Rach even contemplates giving up as she figures that there's no way they would not be last at this point.

Once teams finish their Detour Challenge, they must make their way to Mai Kao Temple for their Road Block challenge. In this Road Block challenge, one team member must be able to stay completely still for 15 minutes, while balancing coins on their hands and head. This Road Block proves to be extremely difficult as Louisa, Parul, Eric and Yvonne cry tears of relief after completing this challenge.

Treasuri & Louisa dash to the Pit Stop, making them the first team to arrive two times in a row. Anita & Tom follow closely behind; although happy that they are second, they are eager to beat Treasuri & Louisa. Yvonne & Chloe and Eric & Rona reach the Pit Stop but Eric & Rona set off in the wrong direction, giving Yvonne & Chloe third place, while they arrive fourth.

While Parul & Maggie make it to fifth place, Rach & Vicky are just finishing up with their Detour challenge. However, JK & Mike's taxi needs to be refueled, giving Rach & Vicky a chance to catch up. At the run to the Pit Stop, it was a close race but Will & Alex make it to sixth place, JK & Mike cutting it really close at seventh place and putting Rach & Vicky in last place.

It's a tearful elimination as Rach & Vicky say their goodbyes.

"Being eliminated makes us sad, but we are still together and remain as friends," Rach & Vicky said.

Route Markers

The order of departure from Hean Boo Thean Temple are as follows:

  1. Treasuri & Louisa
  2. Will & Alex
  3. Yvonne & Chloe
  4. Anita & Tom
  5. Parul & Maggie
  6. Eric & Rona
  7. JK & Mike
  8. Rach & Vicky

Teams must fly to Phuket City, Phuket Province, Thailand. Once there, teams must make their way to Phang Nga Elephant Park in Mueang Phang Nga District, Phang Nga Province, to find their next clue.

At Phang Nga Elephant Park, Rach & Vicky would receive their clue for their Speed Bump.

Rach & Vicky must enter Phung Chang Cave, find an elephant statuette hidden inside, and return it to the altar at the entrance before they could continue racing.

Teams must collect pineapple leaves to feed the elephants at Phang Nga Elephant Park. Once they have collected enough pineapple leaves, they must ride the elephant from the nearby river to the feeding area to receive their next clue.

Teams must make their way to Sarasin Bridge in Thalang District, Phuket Province, to find their next clue.

Choice A: Muay Thai
Teams must learn and perform a traditional wai khru ritual to the satisfaction of a Muay Thai master to receive their next clue.

JK & Mike, Parul & Maggie, Rach & Vicky, and Will & Alex chose this task.

Choice B: Un-Tie
Teams must untie a pontoon raft tied to the shoreline with hundreds of complicated knots, then pull themselves over to a nearby floating fishing village to retrieve their next clue.

Anita & Tom, Eric & Rona, Treasuri & Louisa, and Yvonne & Chloe chose this task.

Teams must make their way to Wat Mai Khao to find their next clue.

At Wat Mai Khao, teams would have the option to Yield a team. None of the teams opted to use the Yield, so this was left unaired.

"Who has trouble remaining still?"

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock must enter a meditative state (either by sitting down or standing up) and remain completely still for 15 minutes while balancing a stack of coins on their backhands and head to receive their next clue. If they drop any coin, they must attempt the task from the start again. The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must make their way to Lay Pang Beach to find their next clue at a coconut stand.

Teams must take a fresh coconut from the coconut stand and bring it to the Pit Stop down Lay Pang Beach and check in.

Leaderboard

Legend:
     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward> Used the Yield< Recipient of the Yield Used the U-Turn Recipient of the U-Turn
ASS5 TreasuriLouisa
 1st place 
Treasuri & Louisa
Childhood Friends
ASS5 AnitaTom
 2nd place 
Anita & Tom
Dating
ASS5 ParulMaggie
 3rd place 
Parul & Maggie
Beauty Queens
ASS5 EricRona
 4th place 
Eric & Rona
Married
ASS5 YvonneChloe
 5th place 
Yvonne & Chloe
Beauty Queens
ASS5 WillAlex
 6th place 
Will & Alex
Muscle Brothers
ASS5 JKMike
 7th place 
JK & Mike
Radio DJs
ASS5 RachVicky
 8th place 
Rach & Vicky
Travel Hosts

Trivia

Reception

Oh wow, now I'm truly impressed!

References

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