As Inside Survivor first revealed here, after what seems like a hundred years, Survivor will finally be leaving Nicaragua and heading to a new location for its next cycle of seasons. Cambodia will play host to seasons 31 and 32, which will film from March to July on Koh Rong, the second largest island in Cambodia located off the coast in the Gulf of Thailand. I first verified the location with resorts on the island, and the rumor was later confirmed by Preah Sihanouk provincial governor Chhit Sokhon, as reported in The Cambodia Daily, who said:
“The American show “Survivor” will begin filming in March in Koh Rong commune, Sihanoukville City and now they are on the island preparing… They are taking a long time to prepare because they have rented out houses of local villagers as they have to cover them up to make the jungle look untouched and are decorating in the forest and along the sea…”
While this is the first time the American version of Survivor has filmed in Cambodia, other international versions have previously used the beaches of Koh Rong. Most famously, the French series ‘Koh Lanta’, which in 2013 had to cancel filming after 25-year-old contestant Gerald Babin suffered a heart attack and died while participating in a challenge during the first episode. Cambodia marks the first brand new location for Survivor since Season 25, as since Season 19 production has alternated between Samoa, Nicaragua, and the Philippines.