|Filming location||Ko Tarutao, Satun Province, Thailand|
|Winner||Brian Heidik (4-3)|
|Original run||September 19, 2002 |
– December 19, 2002
|Filming dates||June 10, 2002 |
– July 18, 2002
|No. of episodes||14|
|No. of days||39|
|No. of survivors||16|
|Tribes|| Chuay Gahn|
|All-Stars||Shii Ann Huang|
|Next||Survivor: The Amazon|
Survivor: Thailand was the fifth season of the United States reality show Survivor. It was filmed in the summer of 2002 and was shown on TV from September 19 – December 19, 2002 on CBS. It was set on the island of Ko Tarutao in Thailand. There were fourteen episodes, one being shown each week. The season started with two tribes; an orange tribe, Chuay Gahn (Thai: ช่วยกัน "to help one another") and a purple tribe, Sook Jai (สุขใจ "happy heart" ). Later, they merged (combined) into one tribe, which the players named "Chuay Jai", made by mixing the names Chuay Gahn and Sook Jai. On December 19, 2002, Brian Heidik won against Clay Jordan by a vote of 4-3 to become the sole survivor.
The season had many new gameplay twists. The first happened on Day 1, when the two oldest players, Jake Billingsley and Jan Gentry, were given the power to pick their own tribes. This was the first time in Survivor history that the two starting teams were not chosen by the producers. The second was an offer of mutiny on Day 14, which means that the twelve players that were left could join the opposite tribe if they wanted to. No one took the offer. (The twist was used again during Survivor: Cook Islands, with two players switching tribes.)
The biggest twist of the season was the fake merge. When only ten players were left, the usual time for a merge, the two tribes moved onto one beach, with a feast waiting for them. The two tribes thought they were merging, and Shii Ann Huang tried to align herself with members of the other tribe. At the next challenge they went to, however, the two tribes were told that they were living on one beach, but were not merged yet. That day, Shii Ann's tribe lost immunity, and she was voted off.
Host Jeff Probst said that he didn't like this season, and called it his least favorite. He said the season was mean-spirited and had a lot of hostility and ugliness, even calling Brian, Clay, Helen, and Jan "the least likable final four ever."
Shii Ann was the only player this season to return in Survivor: All-Stars, where she placed 6th.
Players[change | change source]
|Player||Starting tribe||Merged tribe||Finish||Total Votes|
40, Slidell, LA
|Chuay Gahn||1st Voted Out
27, Kingsport, TN
|Chuay Gahn||2nd Voted Out
25, Dallas, TX
|Sook Jai||3rd Voted Out
33, Denver, CO
|Chuay Gahn||4th Voted Out
29, Fayetteville, AR
|Sook Jai||5th Voted Out
23, Scottsdale, AZ
|Sook Jai||6th Voted Out
|Shii Ann Huang
28, New York City, NY
|Sook Jai||7th Voted Out
26, Austin, TX
|Sook Jai||8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
30, Brooklyn, NY
|Sook Jai||Chuay Jai||9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
27, Plano, TX
|Sook Jai||10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
60, McKinney, TX
|Sook Jai||11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
|Ted Rogers, Jr.
37, Durham, NC
|Chuay Gahn||12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
47, Middletown, RI
|Chuay Gahn||13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
53, Tampa, FL
|Chuay Gahn||14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
46, Monroe, LA
34, Quartz Hill, CA
|Chuay Gahn||Sole Survivor||0|
- The Total Votes is the number of votes a player got during Tribal Councils where the player is able to be voted out of the game. It does not count the votes they got during the final Tribal Council.
The game[change | change source]
|Episode name||Date shown on TV||Challenges||Eliminated||Vote||Finish|
|"The Importance of Being Eldest"||September 19, 2002||None||Sook Jai||John||6-1-1||1st Voted Out|
|"The Great Divide"||September 26, 2002||Sook Jai||Sook Jai||Tanya||5-2||2nd Voted Out|
|"Family Values"||October 3, 2002||Chuay Gahn||Chuay Gahn||Jed||5-3||3rd Voted Out|
|"Gender Bender"||October 10, 2002||Sook Jai||Sook Jai||Ghandia||4-2||4th Voted Out|
|"The Ocean's Surprise"||October 17, 2002||Survivor
|Chuay Gahn||Stephanie||5-2||5th Voted Out|
|"The Power of One"||October 24, 2002||Sook Jai||Chuay Gahn||Robb||5-1||6th Voted Out|
|"Assumptions"||October 31, 2002||None||Chuay Gahn||Shii Ann||4-1||7th Voted Out|
|"Sleeping with the Enemy"||November 7, 2002||None||Chuay Gahn||Erin||3-1||8th Voted Out|
|"Desperate Measures"||November 14, 2002||Brian||Clay||Ken||5-3||9th Voted Out|
|"While the Cats are Away"||November 21, 2002||Brian
|Helen||Penny||4-2-1||10th Voted Out|
|"The First 30 Days"||November 28, 2002||Recap Episode|
|"A Big Surprise... and Another"||December 5, 2002||Helen||Ted||Jake||5-1||11th Voted Out|
|"The Tides are Turning"||December 12, 2002||Ted
|Brian||Ted||4-1||12th Voted Out|
|"Slip Through Your Fingers"||December 19, 2002||None||Brian||Helen||3-1||13th Voted Out|
|Brian||Jan||1-0||14th Voted Out|
|"The Reunion"||December 19, 2002||Jury Vote||Clay||4-3||Runner-Up|
- If more than one tribe or player wins reward or immunity, they are listed in order of finish, or alphabetically if it was teamwork, or where one player won and invited others, the players they invited are in brackets.
^ For the first time, the players would be bidding for items as tribes. Sook Jai and Chuay Gahn each got $1000 in American money.
^ In a twist, the Survivors' family members competed in an insect food eating challenge to see their loved one. Helen's husband Jim actually won the challenge and he spent 24 hours at the Chuay Jai camp with her.
^ In another twist, the players and their loved ones competed for immunity. Ted and his younger brother Aljuan won thus earning Ted immunity.
Voting history[change | change source]
|Starting tribes||Merged tribe|
|Robb||Shii Ann||Shii Ann||Shii Ann|
|Stephanie||Shii Ann||Shii Ann|
References[change | change source]
- "Jeff Probst: "Survivor" seasons I loved – and hated". Entertainment Weekly.