"Welcome to the World of Being Human"
Version: United States
Season: The Amazing Race 2
Episode No.: 5/11 (018)
First Broadcast: April 3, 2002
Episode Chronology
Previous: "This Game Is About Minutes"
Next: "I'm Gonna Take His Girl"
Welcome to the World of Being Human is the fifth episode of The Amazing Race 2.


The race intensifies as all of the remaining teams find themselves on the same airplane to Thailand.

Teams fly more than 6,000 miles from the deserts of Namibia to the exotic streets of Bangkok, Thailand, where they encounter a puzzling maze of cultural challenges. En route, tensions between two teams reach a boiling point.[1]


Route Markers

The order of departure from Amani Lodge are as follows:

  1. Oswald & Danny (7:47 am)
  2. Tara & Wil (10:43 am)
  3. Gary & Dave (10:45 am)
  4. Blake & Paige (11:34 am)
  5. Mary & Peach (11:34 am)
  6. Cyndi & Russell (11:44 am)
  7. Chris & Alex (12:59 pm)

For speeding in the prior leg, Gary & Dave and Chris & Alex were both assessed 42-minute time-penalties. As a result, Gary & Dave dropped to third, while it did not affect the placement of Chris & Alex.

Teams must fly to Bangkok, Thailand. After arriving, teams must take the BTS Skytrain from Siam Station, then traveled to Erawan Shrine where they had to find the next clue near the temple dancers.

The instructions for the Fast Forward were found with their clue at the Erawan Shrine.

For the Fast Forward, teams must find the Amulet Market at Wat Ratchanadda. Here, one team member was required to have their head shaved - a Buddhist tradition. However, the Fast Forward went unaired.

Choice A: Confusion Now
Teams had to search for a specific water taxi dock to find the correct taxi that would take them to a bird market. Once there, they simply had to buy and release a cage full of sparrows for good karma.

Chris & Alex, Cyndi & Russell, Mary & Peach, and Tara & Wil chose this task.

Choice B: Confusion Later
Teams had to take a taxi to Chinatown in Charoen Krung Soi 21, where they had to purchase a "car" to burn and send to their ancestors from the Lee Ti Biew shrine. However, teams had to figure out that the "car" they needed was one of the many small paper cars sold at multiple booths near the shrine.

Blake & Paige, Gary & Dave, and Oswald & Danny chose this task.

Teams must take a bus to the Wat Kao Chong Phran temple in Ratchaburi.

One team member had to don a protective mask, gloves, and boots (due to dangerous bacterium) and venture into a nearby cave filled with millions of bats to retrieve the next clue.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must make their way to Ban Plai Pong Pang, a river house in Amphawa.


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward
S2 ChrisAlex
 1st place 
Chris & Alex
Lifelong Friends
S2 MaryPeach
 2nd place 
Mary & Peach
S2 TaraWil
 3rd place 
Tara & Wil
Separated Couple
S2 BlakePaige
 4th place 
Blake & Paige
S2 GaryDave
 5th place 
Gary & Dave
Former Roommates
S2 OswaldDanny
 6th place 
Oswald & Danny
Best Friends
S2 CyndiRussell
 7th place 
Cyndi & Russell
Pastor/Married Parents


  • This episode's title was said by Mary, commenting on Blake & Paige's apology to her and Peach on cutting ahead of them in the previous leg.