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Not to be confused with Takéo, a starting tribe on Koh-Lanta: Cambodge'Koh-Lanta: CambodgeKoh-Lanta: Cambodge​.

Ta Keo (ប្រាសាទតាកែវ) is a tribe from Survivor: Cambodia. Their tribe color is green.

In addition to being the physically weaker of the two starting tribes, Ta Keo's poor inter tribal dynamics and general bad luck caused the tribe to enter the merge with significantly fewer numbers than Bayon.

Members

 Abi-Maria Gomes
35, Los Angeles, CA
Philippines
S31 abimaria t
S31 jeff t
 Kelly Wiglesworth
38, Greensboro, NC
Borneo
S31 kelly t
 Peih-Gee Law
37, San Francisco, CA
China
S31 peihgee t
 Shirin Oskooi
32, San Francisco, CA
Worlds Apart
S31 shirin t
 Spencer Bledsoe
23, Chicago, IL
Cagayan
S31 spencer t
 Terry Deitz
55, Simsbury, CT
Panama
S31 terry t
 Vytas Baskauskas
35, Santa Monica, CA
Blood vs. Water
S31 vytas t
 Woo Hwang
31, Newport Beach, CA
Cagayan
S31 woo t

 Ciera Eastin
    
S31 ciera t
 Joe Anglim
    
S31 joe t
 Kass McQuillen
    
S31 kass t
 Keith Nale
    
S31 keith t
S31 kelley t
 Terry Deitz
    
S31 terry t

 Abi-Maria Gomes
         
S31 abimaria t
 Andrew Savage
         
S31 andrew t
 Ciera Eastin
         
S31 ciera t
 Kass McQuillen
         
S31 kass t
 Kelly Wiglesworth
         
S31 kelly t
 Spencer Bledsoe
         
S31 spencer t
 Woo Hwang
         
S31 woo t

Tribe History

Original Ta Keo

Unlike Bayon where there appeared to be one dominant alliance prior to the switch, two factions emerged in Ta Keo as well as a few players floating in the middle. One group focused primarily on shelter building with old school players such as Terry and Wiglesworth gravitating to that style. The other group became known as the "beach people" because that's where they met to discuss strategy, and consisted of Shirin, Spencer, and Wentworth. Both groups were indifferent toward Abi due to her antics such as arguing with Peih-Gee over her misplaced bracelet, and tried to get Varner to side with them. Varner was a bit intimidated at first by how fast strategy was evolving at Ta Keo, but then started to realize he was in a good position and it could be advantageous to be close to someone like Abi. Vytas's yoga routines also started to irritate the women of Ta Keo, which set the stage for a turbulent tribe life.

That turbulence was kicked up a gear when Ta Keo not only lost the first Immunity Challenge on Day 3, but a twist sent the tribe immediately to Tribal Council with no chance to talk strategy. In a close 6-4 vote, the new school alliance got Peih-Gee, Varner, and Abi to side with them and take out strategic threat Vytas, leaving Woo, Wiglesworth, and Terry on the outs...for now.

Immediately after returning from Tribal Council, Varner rallied Vytas's remaining allies and said that his move demonstrated how this game has changed from the last time the old school players played. He pointed out Spencer and Shirin as the masterminds of the other alliance, and managed to quickly turn the tribe against the two super fans. This was made easier as Shirin, Spencer, Wentworth, and Peih-Gee ostracized her, and Terry of all people (self proclaiming his social game was unimpressive in his first season, but improved this time around) comforted her.

Ta Keo again lost the Immunity Challenge on Day 6 (where Wentworth found an idol) and Varner pointed out how poetic it was that Shirin and Spencer failed to complete the puzzle as they were on the chopping block. Wentworth and Peih-Gee realized the new school alliance lost Abi and Varner, so they went along with the split vote plan against their former allies. An awkward conversation between Abi and Shirin made it clear to Shirin that she and Spencer were in trouble. A last ditch effort to get Woo to flip failed, further highlighting that they overplayed out of the gate. Both Shirin and Spencer plead for their lives in the game at Tribal Council, where Shirin was ultimately voted out 5-4. Though Spencer felt he redeemed himself, Terry revealed in confessional that Spencer was still firmly the next target.

First Switch

For the first time since Cook Islands as well as overall in any two tribe format season, a tribe switch occurred with 18 players remaining. Spencer and Wiglesworth joined Bayon, while Wentworth and Terry stayed in Ta Keo, with both pairs in 4-2 minorities. The only original Ta Keo contingent with a majority was the most fractured one with Varner, Woo, Abi, and Peih-Gee becoming members of the new tribe Angkor. The original Bayon members that joined Ta Keo were Ciera, Joe, Kass, and Keith.

Despite the numbers disadvantage, Terry was pleased with the strength of Ta Keo, describing them as "having three or four number one draft picks". Wentworth was shown to be a bit more concerned about her positioning, and actively threw Terry under the bus to assure she would at least survive the first vote. However, the tribe proved to be strong enough to win every Immunity Challenge at this stage of the game. The tribe enjoyed Joe's fishing as well as Kass crafting a surprise birthday present for Wentworth.

They did not escape this portion of the game in tact though. On Night 13, Jeff informed Terry that his son was in the hospital and that Terry's wife insisted he come. Without hesitation, Terry obliged and bid farewell to an emotional Ta Keo. Everyone empathized with Terry and supported his decision, especially Kass in confessional relating to Terry's decision as a parent herself.

Second Switch

In a second tribe switch on Day 14, Ciera and Kass were the only then-current Ta Keo members to remain on Ta Keo, with Abi, Savage, and Woo joining from Angkor and Spencer and Wiglesworth joining from Bayon. Though the original Ta Keo members outnumbered original Bayon 4-3, Spencer was still the clear target since Savage painted him as the biggest threat and Kass held a grudge against him from their Cagayan days. Ta Keo lost the Immunity Challenge on Day 16, so Savage suggested that Ciera be the decoy vote in case Spencer asked about the plan for Tribal Council. Ciera was not happy, and realized that Savage had too much power. Ciera recruited Abi and Kass to blindside Woo in order to weaken Savage's alliance, which meant Kass putting aside her rivalry with Spencer. Kass approached Spencer with the plan, but was still considering voting him out. Spencer was frightened that his life in the game was in the hands of "Chaos Kass", but had no other choice. At Tribal Council, Kass pulled through and Woo was voted out 4-3, which left Savage blindsided and scrambling prior to the merge.

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