Thailand Survivor
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
Sook Jai
Chuay Jai
All-Stars Shii Ann Huang
Season chronology
Previous Survivor: Marquesas
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 aired from September 19 – December 19, 2002 on CBS. It was set on the island of Ko Tarutao in Thailand. Fourteen episodes aired weekly. The two initial tribes were Chuay Gahn (Thai: "to help one another") and Sook Jai ( "happy heart" ). They eventually merged into the Chuay Jai tribe. On December 19, 2002, Brian Heidik defeated Clay Jordan by a vote of 4-3 to become the sole survivor.

The season introduced several new gameplay twists. The first occurred on Day 1, when the two eldest contestants, 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 initial teams were not preselected by the producers. The second was an offer of mutiny on Day 14: each of the twelve remaining contestants were given the chance to leave their tribe and join the other if they wished; no one took the offer. (The twist was re-used during Survivor: Cook Islands, with two contestants switching tribes.)

The major twist of the season was the "fake merge." When only ten players remained, the usual time for a merge, the two tribes moved onto one beach, with a feast awaiting them. The two tribes took this to mean that they were merging, and Shii Ann Huang attempted to use this to her advantage by openly trying to ally herself with the "former" opposing tribe. At the next challenge they attended, however, the two tribes were informed that they were living on one beach, but were not merged. This backfired on Shii Ann when her tribe lost the Immunity Challenge and she was voted off for her excessive scheming.

Jeff Probst stated that he was not fond of the season, going as far as calling it his least favorite. He described the season as mean-spirited and marred with hostility and ugliness, even calling Brian, Clay, Helen, and Jan the "the least likable final four ever."

Shii Ann was the only representative of the season to appear as a contestant on Survivor: All-Stars, where she placed 6th.


Contestant Original Tribe Merged Tribe Finish Total Votes
John Raymond Chuay Gahn 1st Voted OutDay 3 6
Tanya Vance Chuay Gahn 2nd Voted OutDay 6 5
Jed Hildebrand Sook Jai 3rd Voted OutDay 9 5
Ghandia Johnson Chuay Gahn 4th Voted OutDay 12 5
Stephanie Dill Sook Jai 5th Voted OutDay 15 5
Robb Zbacnik Sook Jai 6th Voted OutDay 18 5
Shii Ann Huang Sook Jai 7th Voted OutDay 21 10
Erin Collins Sook Jai 8th Voted Out
1st Jury MemberDay 24
Ken Stafford Sook Jai Chuay Jai 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury MemberDay 27
Penny Ramsey Sook Jai 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury MemberDay 30
Jake Billingsley Sook Jai 11th Voted Out
4th Jury MemberDay 33
Ted Rogers, Jr. Chuay Gahn 12th Voted Out
5th Jury MemberDay 36
Helen Glover Chuay Gahn 13th Voted Out
6th Jury MemberDay 37
Jan Gentry Chuay Gahn 14th Voted Out
7th Jury MemberDay 38
Clay Jordan Chuay Gahn Runner-Up 3
Brian Heidik Chuay Gahn Sole Survivor 0
The Total Votes is the number of votes a castaway has received during Tribal Councils where the castaway is eligible to be voted out of the game. It does not include the votes received during the final Tribal Council.


Episode title Air Date Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish
Reward Immunity
"The Importance of Being Eldest" September 19, 2002 None Sook Jai John 6-1-1 1st Voted OutDay 3
"The Great Divide" September 26, 2002 Sook Jai Sook Jai Tanya 5-2 2nd Voted OutDay 6
"Family Values" October 3, 2002 Chuay Gahn Chuay Gahn Jed 5-3 3rd Voted OutDay 9
"Gender Bender" October 10, 2002 Sook Jai Sook Jai Ghandia 4-2 4th Voted OutDay 12
"The Ocean's Surprise" October 17, 2002 Survivor
Chuay Gahn Stephanie 5-2 5th Voted OutDay 15
"The Power of One" October 24, 2002 Sook Jai Chuay Gahn Robb 5-1 6th Voted OutDay 18
"Assumptions" October 31, 2002 None Chuay Gahn Shii Ann 4-1 7th Voted OutDay 21
"Sleeping with the Enemy" November 7, 2002 None Chuay Gahn Erin 3-1 8th Voted OutDay 24
"Desperate Measures" November 14, 2002 Brian Clay Ken 5-3 9th Voted OutDay 27
"While the Cats are Away" November 21, 2002 Brian


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


Brian Ted 4-1 12th Voted OutDay 36
"Slip Through Your Fingers" December 19, 2002 None Brian Helen 3-1 13th Voted OutDay 37
Brian Jan 1-0 14th Voted OutDay 38
"The Reunion" December 19, 2002 Jury Vote Clay 4-3 Runner-Up
Brian Sole Survivor
In the case of multiple tribes or castaways who win reward or immunity, they are listed in order of finish, or alphabetically where it was a team effort; where one castaway won and invited others, the invitees are in brackets.


Original Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Reunion
Eliminated: John6/8 votes Tanya5/7 votes Jed5/8 votes Ghandia4/6 votes Stephanie5/7 votes Robb5/6 votes Shii Ann4/5 votes Erin3/4 votes Ken5/8 votes Penny4/7 votes Jake5/6 votes Ted4/5 votes Helen3/4 votes Jan1 vote Clay3/7 votes Brian4/7 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
Robb Shii Ann Shii Ann Shii Ann
Stephanie Shii Ann Shii Ann
Ghandia John Helen Clay
Jed Shii Ann
Tanya John Helen
John Ghandia