Survivor: Thailand

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Survivor: Thailand
Presented by
No. of episodes14
No. of days39
No. of castaways16
WinnerBrian Heidik
Production location(s)Ko Tarutao, Satun Province, Thailand
Filming datesJune 10 –
July 18, 2002
Original releaseSeptember 19 –
December 19, 2002
Preceded bySurvivor: Marquesas
Followed bySurvivor: 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."[1]

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
John Raymond
40, Slidell, LA
Chuay Gahn 1st Voted Out
Day 3
Tanya Vance
27, Kingsport, TN
Chuay Gahn 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
Jed Hildebrand
25, Dallas, TX
Sook Jai 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
Ghandia Johnson
33, Denver, CO
Chuay Gahn 4th Voted Out
Day 12
Stephanie Dill
29, Fayetteville, AR
Sook Jai 5th Voted Out
Day 15
Robb Zbacnik
23, Scottsdale, AZ
Sook Jai 6th Voted Out
Day 18
Shii Ann Huang
28, New York City, NY
Sook Jai 7th Voted Out
Day 21
Erin Collins
26, Austin, TX
Sook Jai 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
Ken Stafford
30, Brooklyn, NY
Sook Jai Chuay Jai 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
Penny Ramsey
27, Plano, TX
Sook Jai 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
Jake Billingsley
60, McKinney, TX
Sook Jai 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
Ted Rogers, Jr.
37, Durham, NC
Chuay Gahn 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
Helen Glover
47, Middletown, RI
Chuay Gahn 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
Jan Gentry
53, Tampa, FL
Chuay Gahn 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
Clay Jordan
46, Monroe, LA
Chuay Gahn Runner-Up 3
Brian Heidik
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
Reward Immunity
"The Importance of Being Eldest" September 19, 2002 None Sook Jai style="background:#FF4F00"|John 6-1-1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
"The Great Divide" September 26, 2002 Sook Jai Sook Jai Tanya 5-2 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
"Family Values" October 3, 2002 Chuay Gahn Chuay Gahn Jed 5-3 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
"Gender Bender" October 10, 2002 Sook Jai Sook Jai Ghandia 4-2 4th Voted Out
Day 12
"The Ocean's Surprise" October 17, 2002 Survivor
Chuay Gahn Stephanie 5-2 5th Voted Out
Day 15
"The Power of One" October 24, 2002 Sook Jai Chuay Gahn Robb 5-1 6th Voted Out
Day 18
"Assumptions" October 31, 2002 None Chuay Gahn Shii Ann 4-1 7th Voted Out
Day 21
"Sleeping with the Enemy" November 7, 2002 None Chuay Gahn Erin 3-1 8th Voted Out
Day 24
"Desperate Measures" November 14, 2002 Brian Clay Ken 5-3 9th Voted Out
Day 27
"While the Cats are Away" November 21, 2002 Brian


Helen Penny 4-2-1 10th Voted Out
Day 30
"The First 30 Days" November 28, 2002 Recap Episode
"A Big Surprise... and Another" December 5, 2002 Helen[2] Ted[3] Jake 5-1 11th Voted Out
Day 33
"The Tides are Turning" December 12, 2002 Ted


Brian Ted 4-1 12th Voted Out
Day 36
"Slip Through Your Fingers" December 19, 2002 None Brian Helen 3-1 13th Voted Out
Day 37
Brian Jan 1-0 14th Voted Out
Day 38
"The Reunion" December 19, 2002 Jury Vote Clay 4-3 Runner-Up
Brian Sole Survivor
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
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Reunion
Eliminated: John
6/8 votes
5/7 votes
style="background:#660099; color:white">Jed
5/8 votes
4/6 votes
style="background:#660099; color:white">Stephanie
5/7 votes
style="background:#660099; color:white">Robb
5/6 votes
style="background:#660099; color:white">Shii Ann
4/5 votes
style="background:#660099; color:white">Erin
3/4 votes
5/8 votes
4/7 votes
5/6 votes
4/5 votes
3/4 votes
1 vote
3/7 votes
4/7 votes
Voter Vote
Brian John Tanya Ghandia Ken Penny Jake Ted Helen Jan Jury Vote
Clay John Tanya Ghandia Ken Jake Jake Ted Helen
Jan John Tanya Clay Ken Penny Jake Ted Helen Brian
Helen Clay Tanya Ghandia Ken Penny Jake Ted Jan Brian
Ted John Tanya Ghandia Ken Penny Jake Jan Brian
Jake Jed Stephanie Robb Shii Ann Erin Ted Jan Jan Brian
Penny Jed Stephanie Robb Shii Ann Erin Ted Jake Clay
Ken Jed Stephanie Robb Shii Ann Erin Ted Clay
Erin Jed Stephanie Robb Shii Ann Ken Clay
Shii Ann Jed Stephanie Robb Penny
style="background:#660099" text-align:left; color:white">Robb Shii Ann Shii Ann Shii Ann
Stephanie Shii Ann Shii Ann
Ghandia John Helen Clay
Jed Shii Ann
Tanya John Helen
John Ghandia

References[change | change source]

  1. "Jeff Probst: "Survivor" seasons I loved – and hated". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 2009-08-30. Retrieved 2009-12-30.

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