This year, our contestants will travel over 9,000km to popular tourist destination, Sangkhla Buri in Northern Thailand.

However, this trip won’t be the usual sun, sea and sand holiday Kiwis are used to...

Instead, the 18 castaways will be forced into brutal conditions where temperatures reach over 40°C.

Torrential downpours can cause flash floods, and roaming fauna have deadly bites.

With no plush hotel, the castaways will need to be checking their camp every night.

Thailand is home to the world’s longest poisonous snake, the king cobra. The cobra can reach more than 18 feet long, and one bite from it can kill an elephant.

The king cobra isn’t the only animal the castaways need to watch out for. There's also giant centipedes, scorpions, giant hornets, spiders and even poisonous caterpillars. 

This isn’t the first time the Survivor series has been played out in Thailand. The fifth season of the US series took place on the island of Ko Tarutaoin, in the Satun Province of Thailand.

But Survivor New Zealand season 2 is going to unchartered territory, making it more brutal than ever... 

Quick Thailand Facts 

  • Thailand has an estimated population of over 69 million in 2018, with one-tenth of the entire population living in Bangkok 
  •  The Thailand flag is designed so it can never be flown upside down
  • Based on year-round average high-low temperatures, Bangkok is the hottest city in the world, with an average winter temperature of 26 degrees Celsius 
  • Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country that was never colonized by a European country. In fact, in the Thai language, the name of the country is Prathet Thai which means “land of the free.