The ASEAN Way is the official regional anthem of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The lyrics were written by Payom Valaiphatchra (Thai: พยอม วลัยพัชรา; RTGS: Phayom Walaiphatchara) and the music composed by Kittikhun Sodprasert (Thai: กิตติคุณ สดประเสริฐ; RTGS: Kittikhun Sotprasoet) and Sampow Triudom (Thai: สำเภา ไตรอุดม; RTGS: Samphao Trai-u-dom), the winning entry out of 99 finalists from all ten Asean Nations.
The competition was launched and was announced throughout all the member states of ASEAN, in a bid to find an official anthem to replace the formerly de facto regional anthem, ASEAN Hymn, which was considered as lacking in gusto and passion by several member states. The competition was open to all the nationals of ASEAN, limiting to 20 entries per member state. The winning entry received over US$20,000 in reward and was declared as the official regional anthem of Southeast Asia. The panel of judges unanimously voted The ASEAN Way as the official regional anthem of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in the final round on 20 November 2008.
Raise our flag high, sky high,
Embrace the pride in our heart,
ASEAN we are bonded as one,
Looking outward to the world.
For peace, our goal from the very start,
And prosperity to last.
We dare to dream, we care to share.
Together for ASEAN;
We dare to dream, We care to share,
For it's the way of ASEAN