Seems as though food is plentiful on the island, could be another installment where very little food is provided by the producers.
Survivor" Thai-ing Up Next Locale by Marcus Errico Apr 12, 2002, 2:35 PM PT Breathtaking beaches. Crystalline waters. Lush monkey-filled jungles. The threat of deadly pirate attacks. Sounds like the ideal spot for the next Survivor. Officials in Thailand announced Friday that they have granted CBS permission to shoot the fifth installment of the reality series in the country's Tarutao Islands National Park, a chain of 51 pristine islands dotting the Indian Ocean. Specifically, the action will take place on the island of Tarutao. The island, some 600 miles south of Bangkok, was originally annexed in 1837 as a penal colony for subversive political dissidents and the hardest-case criminals. The island also served as a sanctuary for pirates throughout the years, until an army of British soldiers drove the buccaneers away for good (or so CBS hopes) in the 1940s. It has been deserted ever since and became a national park in the 1970s. Food-wise, there's plenty of tropical fruit on the island. Of course, the contestants will also have to contend with mouse deer, hornbills, hermit crabs, snakes, several species of monkeys and, for the budding Michael Skupin, plenty of wild boars. It took some greasing for Thai politicos to okay the Survivor shoot. Sidhichai Jayant, head of Thailand's Film Board, says CBS is spending at least $4.55 million for the 40-day shoot, which is slated to begin in July. A chunk of that sum will go to ensure the TV crew won't trash Tarutao's postcard-perfect white-sand beaches or leafy interior. Thai officials and environmentalists were fearing a repeat of the fiasco surrounding the filming of 20th Century Fox's The Beach two years ago. Producers of the Leonardo DiCaprio flick, shot 124 miles away on the protected Phi Phi Island, were accused of planting nonnative vegetation, ripping out plants, causing soil erosion and otherwise wreaking havoc on the ecologically sensitive area. "After going through the entire production process, we're confident there won't be any problems," Jayant says. "There won't be any landscape changes. Everything is under our control." He is also asking environmentalists to keep an eye on the Survivor 5 production, just to make sure. Per custom, CBS refuses to confirm the location. The network released a statement last month saying that locations were being scouted in Asia, Central America and South America and that producers were interviewing possible contestants. Survivor 5 will air in the fall. The current round of backstabbing amid nature's marvels continues to unfold in Survivor: Marquesas, set on the French Polynesian island of Nuku Hiva. Previous editions have taken place on the island of Pulau Tiga off the coast of Borneo, in the Australian Outback and in the wilds of Kenya.