Wire Report: Survivor 5 To Be Set In Thailand, Possibly Start Filming In June
By Reality TV World staff, 04/04/2002
According to a Reuters wire report, government officials in Thailand have announced that CBS and Survivor producers are looking to use an island in southern Thailand for Survivor 5.
In an interview with Reuters, a Thai government official revealed that CBS has asked them if it can film Survivor 5 in Thailand's Tarutao Islands National Park. Somsak Thepsutin, cabinet minister in charge of tourism and film production, told Reuters the government was in the final stages of approving the request. "It is 90 percent done at the moment since I personally want to approve the proposal, but we need other agencies to approve this too," Somsak said. "We will reach a decision very soon, and they can come to start the filming as early as June."
The national park, located in the Andaman Sea some 800 miles south of Bangkok, comprises five major islands and covers a land-and-sea area of 575 square miles. One of the five islands, Tarutao, was a prison for hundreds of political prisoners during the 1940s and is now a hatchery and nursery center for endangered sea turtles.