SX5: Thailau Islands was the last civilian season of the original six seasons. In an attempt to cover the rest of the seasons at the time, this season combined Thailand, Palau and Panama: Exile Island seasons.
This season's twist initial twist was called a Chain of Command, the involved everyone being ranked to determine the most liked male and female. A pick'em then ensued that left one male and one female out. The leftovers were then able to select one male and one female from both tribes to form a third tribe, resulting in 3 tribes of 6.
This game was also notable for the Exile Island Twist. Each round before Tribal Council, one member of the tribe would be exiled and would not be able to vote. However, they were still left vulnerable to the vote and could be voted out despite not being able to save themselves. A power struggle ensued as opponents were given the choice between winning immunity or exiling another castaway which resulted in one player quitting and another being eliminated by a PRoD at the final five.
After making a strong alliance and being genuinely likeable to all castaways, Jeff Wilson/lups272 was seen as an underdog compared to finalist Sally Schumann/Monique90210 who had betrayed a good number of players going into the finals. Jeff stood his ground and his humbleness as well as his dedication to his allies was rewarded the prize in a 5-2 vote.
For SX6, the cast was predetermined before SX5 was over, allowing for three male spots and one female spot. Jeff declined to participate, allowing Aras, Jake & Robb to return along with Misty. Aras was voted out but immediately returned as an outcast and joined allies Jake & Robb in the final three. Robb would eventually defeat both to win the season.
Jeff & Sally would both return for SX7: Samoanesia as part of the Favorites Tribe. Sally was voted out early in the game while Jeff would survive until the infamous Three Idol TC would send him out in 6th place.
|Contestant||Original Tribes||Redivided Tribes||Merged Tribe||Finish||Total Votes|
|Chuay Jai||1st Voted Out||4|
|Koror||2nd Voted Out||5|
|Gitanos||3rd Voted Out||4|
|Koror||Koror||4th Voted Out||2|
|Chuay Jai||Koror||5th Voted Out||2|
|Chuay Jai||Gitanos||6th Voted Out||5|
|Gitanos||Koror||7th Voted Out||3|
|Gitanos||Gitanos||8th Voted Out||4|
|Koror||Chuay Jai||Arass||9th Voted Out||5|
|Gitanos||Chuay Jai||Arass||10th Voted Out|
1st Jury Member
|Gitanos||Gitanos||Arass||11th Voted Out|
2nd Jury Member
|Chuay Jai||Chuay Jai||Arass||12th Voted Out|
3rd Jury Member
4th Jury Member
|Koror||Gitanos||Arass||13th Voted Out|
5th Jury Member
|Chuay Jai||Chuay Jai||Arass||14th Voted Out|
6th Jury Member
|Gitanos||Chuay Jai||Arass||15th Voted Out|
7th Jury Member
|Chuay Jai||Koror||Arass||Sole Survivor||1|
|Original Tribes||Merged Tribe|