Survivor: Thailand

Season 5
Genre Reality competition
Winner Salma (4-3)
Episodes 13
Days 39
Castaways 16
Tribes      Chuay Gahn
     Sook Jai
     Chuay Jai
Filming Location Ko Tautao, Satun Province, Thailand
Season Run September 19, 2017 -
January 6, 2018
Previous Season Marquesas
Next Season The Amazon

Survivor: Thailand is the fifth season of James' Survivor FanFiction. Sixteen strangers will compete against one another while battling the elements. They must learn to adapt, or they will be voted out. If they can learn to outwit, outplay, and outlast the rest, they will be given the million dollar prize and the title of sole survivor!

The winner of the season was Salma, defeating Julius in a 4-3 vote for the title of Sole Survivor and the $1,000,000 prize. Salma was also named the "Player Of The Season", winning an additional $100,000.


This season featured sixteen all new castaways, divided into two tribes of eight. The tribes this season were Chuay Gahn, wearing orange, and Sook Jai, in purple. The tribes are Thai phrases for "to help one another" and "a happy heart". On Day 25, the two tribes merged into the Chuay Jai tribe, a portmanteau of the initial tribe names, with its color being gold.


  • Tribes Divided by the Eldest: Unlike the previous four editions where the producers pre-selected the contestants' tribe affiliations, this season had the contestants choose their own tribemates. The fact that elders are given utmost respect in Thailand was incorporated into the game by allowing the eldest male contestant, Ricardo, and the eldest female contestant, Salma, to divide the rest of the group into two tribes.
  • Camp Advantages and Disadvantages: Similar to the previous season, the tribes had camps with pros and cons. Camp Chuay Gahn is virtually a cave, thus making shelter a non-issue, though its water source was on the other side of the island. Sook Jai's camp has a nearby water hole, though they have to make their own shelter.
  • Mutiny: On Day 14 the castaways were invited to change tribal affiliation at their own will.
  • Fake Merge and Delayed Merge: On Day 19, the Sook Jai tribe was instructed to move to Chuay Gahn's old camp. This created a situation where the two tribes lived at the same camp without being merged (as they were soon to find out). The actual merger took place six days later, on Day 25.


Contestants Original Tribes Merged Tribe Finish Votes
Wes Thailand West
29, Rapper
Chuay Gahn 1st Voted Out
Day 3
Joan Thailand Joan
35, Preschool Teacher
Sook Jai 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
Harper Thailand Harper
29, Triathlete
Chuay Gahn 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
Gypsy Thailand Gypsy
24, Pole Dancer
Chuay Gahn 4th Voted Out
Day 12
Melissa Thailand Melissa
25, Architect
Sook Jai 5th Voted Out
Day 15
Rachel Thailand Rachel
20, Backpacker
Chuay Gahn 6th Voted Out
Day 18
Rick Thailand Rick
44, Sheriff
Sook Jai 7th Voted Out
Day 21
Estan Thailand Estan
19, Student
Sook Jai 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
Ricardo Thailand Ricardo
53, Club Owner
Sook Jai Chuay Jai 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
Kanda Thailand Kanda
34, Language Teacher
Sook Jai 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
Karen Thailand Karen
33, Call Center Worker
Sook Jai 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
Phillip Thailand Phillip
33, Police Detective
Sook Jai 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
Aaron Thailand Aaron
28, Nurse
Chuay Gahn Eliminated
6th Jury Member
Day 37
Vince Thailand Vince
27, Photographer
Chuay Gahn 13th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
Julius Thailand Julius
42, Talent Agent
Chuay Gahn Runner-Up 5
Salma Thailand Salma
60, Crime Writer
Chuay Gahn Sole Survivor 1

The Game

Episode # Episode title Reward Immunity Eliminated Vote Finish
1 "The Importance Of Being Eldest" none Sook Jai West 5-3 1st Voted Out
Day 3
2 "No Light At The End Of This Tunnel" Chuay Gahn Chuay Gahn Joan 4-2-2 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
3 "Stand Up And Shut It Down" Sook Jai Sook Jai Harper 5-1-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
4 "Potassium Overdose" Sook Jai Sook Jai Gypsy 3-3;
4th Voted Out
Day 12
5 "Divide And Rule" Survivor
Chuay Gahn Melissa 3-2-2 5th Voted Out
Day 15
6 "Bring The Regime To Its Knees" Chuay Gahn Sook Jai Rachel 3-1-1 6th Voted Out
Day 18
7 "Hiding Wine Isn't a Crime" none Chuay Gahn Rick 3-3;
7th Voted Out
Day 21
8 "Put Your Faith In a Rock, Not a Person" none Chuay Gahn Estan 4-1 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
9 "The Windows To My Escape Are Closing" Ricardo Karen Ricardo 5-3 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
10 "When Girls Come Together No Man Is Safe" Vince
Salma Kanda 5-2 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
11 "Basic Human Responses" Vince Vince Karen 4-2 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
12 "Convince" Salma
Salma Phillip 4-1 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
13 "Fiction Becomes Reality" none Julius Aaron 2-2;
6th Jury Member
Day 37
Julius Vince 1-0 13th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
Jury Vote Julius 4-3 Runner
Salma Sole

Voting Table

Original Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Eliminated: Wes Thailand
Joan Thailand
Harper Thailand
Gypsy Thailand
Melissa Thailand
Rachel Thailand
Rick Thailand
Estan Thailand
Ricardo Thailand
Kanda Thailand
Karen Thailand
Phillip Thailand
Aaron Thailand
Vince Thailand
Julius Thailand
Salma Thailand
Vote: 5-3 4-2-2 5-1-1 3-3 3-1 3-2-2 3-1-1 3-3 4-0 4-1 5-3 5-2 4-2 4-1 2-2 Lottery 1-0 4-3
Salma West Harper Gypsy Gypsy Aaron Ricardo Kanda Karen Phillip Vince Jury Vote
Julius Gypsy Harper Gypsy Gypsy Rachel Ricardo Kanda Karen Phillip Aaron Vince
Vince Gypsy Gypsy Gypsy None Rachel Ricardo Kanda Karen Phillip Aaron Salma
Aaron West Harper Vince Gypsy Rachel Ricardo Kanda Karen Phillip Vince Eliminated Salma
Phillip Joan Melissa Ricardo Rick Estan Ricardo Kanda Julius Aaron Salma
Karen Rick Rick Rick Rick Estan Julius Phillip Julius Julius
Kanda Joan Rick Rick Rick Estan Julius Phillip Julius
Ricardo Karen Phillip Rick None Estan Julius Salma
Estan Rick Melissa Ricardo Rick Phillip Julius
Rick Joan Melissa Ricardo None
Rachel West Harper Vince Vince Salma
Melissa Joan Phillip
Gypsy West Harper Gypsy None
Harper West Aaron
Joan Karen
West Gypsy


  • This is the third season to feature tribes merging with an equal number of members, following Borneo and The Australian Outback.
    • However, this was mostly due to the fact that the season featured a delayed merge, giving Chuay Gahn the opportunity to come back from their numbers disadvantage.
  • This season saw the first African-American male to not at least reach the jury merge stage of the game. As the first person voted out, it also saw the second consecutive season where the first person voted out was not Caucasian.
  • Thailand is the first season to feature a tribe being consecutively taken out one by one after the merge by their rival tribe.
  • Salma holds the distinction of being the oldest Sole Survivor of all time.
    • Her win is also the first to occur during a 4-3 vote, or a final vote in which only one vote separates the winner and the runner-up.
    • Like the previous season, the winner managed to win the most individual immunity challenges during the game, having tied with 2 wins alongside runner-up Julius.
  • Thailand is the first season in which the winner of the final immunity challenge did not go on to win the game.
  • This is the first season in the shows history to feature an all Caucasian final two. It is also the first instance of a woman beating a man at the final tribal council.
  • Phillip received the most votes during the season, with 9 cast against him during the thirty-six days he played.