16 hours 15 minutes
feet > mini bus > ferry > mini bus > tuk tuk > train > feet > ferry > feet
A travel day that could have become kinda stressful turned out just dandy. It's kinda how it goes, you just have to ride it out and try not to over react. The first few steps of our day went quite smoothly... And then when we got to the train station in another transition town, Hat Yai, the ticket lady informed us that the train we planned on taking to Butterworth, Malaysia did not stop in the town we needed to get off. Slight panic ensued as we are told we'll have to make other arrangements at the Malaysian border. Yea, that sounds fun. Thailand was basically just kicking us out. (I actually reacted better than Mik to the situation as I was more focused on my very empty stomach with only squid skin or anonymous bins of meat-in-sauce as my food options. Plus he planned this portion of the trip therefor felt responsible). We discussed changing our travel plans, going through many options and opinions - there are 3 of us, lots of opinions - only to learn at the Malaysian border station that the train does, in fact, make a stop where we need it to. See, just ride it out. Hello Malaysia!!
Also, as you can see, we walked a LOT in this travel portion. 15 minutes on the front end and about 20 on the back end after 16 hours of travel... for about $1 each we're taking a cab from now on ;)