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Vincent Matthew "Vince" Chung[1] and Samuel "Sam" Wu are a team of Best Buddies and the Official Winners of The Amazing Race Asia 3.


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Occupation: Comedian & Host
Age: 32
Hometown: Hong Kong


Occupation: University Lecturer
Age: 32
Hometown: Hong Kong

Both started out as teachers but in their spare time, one is a master of words while the other plays with words. Meet Vince Matthew Chung, the former primary school teacher turned full time comedian cum host, and his best bud Samuel Wu, a university lecturer who ranks as one of the top players on the online word game, Prolific.

For those wondering, Prolific is a word puzzle much like the classic Boggle game and yes, this shows how quick thinking the duo, who make up Team Hong Kong, can be. Having met three years ago while working in Hong Kong, the 32-year-olds became fast friends due to similar passions in a variety of things, from acting, hosting, stand-up comedy, and most importantly, partying.

They actually met via mutual friends at a party and things since then have been a blast. Recalls Vince jokingly, Sam "wouldn't leave the area where the food was being served."

This also will not be the first time that the friends have participated in a competitive event together. Vince once made it as a finalist in the first ever nationwide stand-up comedy competition, "The Funniest Person in Hong Kong", and if you hear Sam tell the story, the jokes were all Sam's. "I was very proud of him," enthuses Sam. "They were all my jokes of course, but he denies it vehemently."

One thing that does stand in their way though is their hot headed nature, which has led to confrontations. Sam too has to deal with physical fears as he is terrified of needles and bees. He says, "I was hospitalized after getting stung in the head by a hornet when I was four and since then, I've had a major phobia and if anything flies near or around my head, I freeze instantly."

This is why Sam reckons that Vince is the more physical one, whereas he is the thinking part of the group. And what is their overall strategy? Sam says it is to, "always be part of the pack, and then break away to lead the pack in the middle legs of the race".

But what if it doesn't work? Vince jokes, "I want to bring banana peels to throw onto the ground so that teams running behind us will slip on them."

Yes, Vince is the more competitive of the duo, but it's because being on top is in his blood. Vince has also joined various sports teams, from softball, baseball to football throughout his life and swam competitively from age six to university.

Don't dismiss Sam either as he too can be single minded in his endeavors. Back in 2001, a desire to lose some weight made Sam go on a diet that saw him shed 20 kg over a five month period. "I went from an obese 80kg to a 60kg, through rigorous exercising and dieting," he recalls.

The one thing the duo will do however, is to soak up every experience on this race because this could be their last hoorah, since Vince might be leaving Hong Kong in the near future. You might say they have nothing to lose, but everything to strive for.

The Amazing Race Asia 3

Race History

Vince & Sam's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 Thailand Race / Rice No Roadblock 7 of 10 [1]
2 2 Thailand → Vietnam Sampan / Some Walk Sam 5 of 9
3 3 Vietnam Sticks / Stalks Vince 2 of 8
4 4 Vietnam → Taiwan Shoot It / Shape It Vince 2 of 7
5 5 Taiwan Used Fast Forward 1 of 6
6 6 Taiwan → Hong Kong Get Fishy / Get Lucky Sam 1 of 5
7 7 Hong Kong → Macau Dance / Chance Vince 2 of 5
8 8 Macau → Hong Kong → India Fish / Fill Sam 4 of 5
9 9 India Push / Crush Vince 1 of 4
10 10 India → Oman Carpet / Count It Sam 3 of 4 [2]
11 11 Oman → Thailand Pull / Plunge Sam 1 of 3
Average 2.45
     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
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn

1: Vince & Sam originally arrived 5th but they did not pay their taxi driver. They were asked to pay the taxi driver first before they could be checked in.
2: Vince & Sam incurred a four-hour penalty because Sam failed to complete the Roadblock. A.D. & Fuzzie also failed to complete the Roadblock and incurred a four-hour penalty. Since they were the only two teams left to check in at that point, and A.D. & Fuzzie were also "marked for elimination" and failed to come in first place, Vince & Sam were allowed to check in immediately for a 3rd place finish, with their penalty time applied to the start of the next leg. A.D. & Fuzzie were then checked in and eliminated.


Franchise Records

  • Vince & Sam are the first team of racers from Hong Kong to win the race


  • Most legs won by a team who won the race, with four first place finishes.

External links



The Amazing Race Asia 3 Teams
 A.D. & Fuzzie
Friends 15 Years
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 Henry & Bernie
Brother & Sister
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 Ida & Tania
Actress & Heiress
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 Isaac & William
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 Mai & Oliver
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 Neena & Amit
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 Niroo & Kapil
Father & Son
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 Pailin & Natalie
Beauty Queens
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 Vince & Sam
Best Buddies
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