moving from Langkawi to Surat Thani for the monastery is an all day journey across Thailand. i add more stamps to my passport but don't add a new country because i have been to Thailand before. although the long days of buses and ferries are my least favorite, i have a chance to sit and talk with people along the way. on the ferry in the morning i meet a Canadian named Kristen who was one of 10 people dropped off on an undeveloped island in Thailand for a month with only what they could put into a 5 liter [1.1 gallon] dry sack. http://www.life2thelimit.com/
meet Nicole whose destination of the day is also Surat Thani. she's Swiss and has been in India for 5 months. we navigate the bus system together and stay at the same hotel for the night. tomorrow i go to Wat Suan Mohkk Monastery for a 10 day silent meditation retreat.