The boat departs for Mahe Island at 2:00 AM. Next thing we know, everyone's boarding the same plane in daylight, so we pretty much just skipped any airport nonsense. "Right now we're tied for sixth," Jet says as they settle into their seats. "And first," Cord points out, forgetting about the Speed Bump that's effectively putting them all by their lonesomes in second place while everyone else is tied for first. The Amazing Red Line heads due north for a stop in Dubai before heading across the Indian Ocean to Penang, Malaysia. Phil tells us that's a 21-hour trip, all told. Hard to envy that.
Especially when we find ourselves in Malaysia the very next second, complete with establishing shots of temples, shrines, and beaches, without having to endure twenty-one hours of being either vacuum-sealed in an aluminum tube or hanging out in an airport at a time when it's most hated feature would have to be those perfidious armrests that prevent you from lying down anywhere. The plane touches down, and suddenly six teams are sprinting through the terminal to the "Teksi" stand. Points for that; the only way I'd be doing a run after a trip like that was if I knew there was a nap at the end of it. Brent and Caite secure their cab first, followed by Steve|Allie, Louie|Michael, Carol|Brandy, Dan|Jordan, and finally Jet and Cord in last place, all on their way to the Snake Temple. And you can tell this is one of those countries where they drive on the left side of the road, because in shots of the drivers and the teams inside the car, "forward" is the left side of the screen rather than the right side, based on where the Amazing Cameraman has to sit. That always looks like Bizarro World at first. "How do you say 'fast' in Malaysia?" Jet wonders, not entirely idly. "...'Fast,'" Cord says, not entirely helpfully. Everyone's in a caravan on the road out of the airport, but Dan and Jordan exhort their cab driver to pass the other teams. And he does manage to blow by all four of the teams that were ahead of them. "We got the best taxi driver in all of Malaysia," they say. Sure enough, he delivers them to Snake Temple rather quickly. The clue box itself is draped by snakes, at least in the establishing shots, but they seem to be gone by the time the racers arrive and start opening envelopes. Of course Dan and Jordan are the first to read, "Buddhist Tradition or Chinese Custom?"
Over shots of the markets and people with big flags (more on the latter shortly), Phil narrates, "Penang has always been an international trading center, and its population a mix of diverse cultures." Phil's at a park with some people hefting giant flagpoles by hand as he restates the names of the Detour options. For Buddhist Tradition, the teams have to go to a Buddhist Temple, pick out a set of giant incense sticks, and carry them up 150 stairs. They'll get their next clue once they're all lit. For Chinese Custom, the teams head to that park Phil is in -- oh, sorry, Phil, apparently it's an esplanade (fancy, fancy) -- and pick a pair of giant 32-foot flagpoles called "chingay." They're usually part of Chinese New Year, apparently. The tricky part is that they have to balance the poles upright on their foreheads and walk 120 feet that way, apparently into the wind. The only good news is the flags on the pole, while large, look pretty diaphanous, which should reduce both weight and wind resistance. So the biggest danger is that while walking under these flags, you might be mistaken for a Perkins Family Restaurant. Although that's probably less likely in Malaysia than here in the U.S.