Yesterday I went from Tom Lod (Pang Mapha) up and offroad, through a few villages, and to Mae Lan up there North of Mae Hong Song. From Mae Lan I hoped offroad and up to the boarder of the Shan state and crossed into the Military headquarters of the Shan Army. Was escorted to a house and later met the owner who was the "foreign relations" officer. He made me lunch and talked about the Shan history and what they are doing at the headquarters and how they are fighting for freedom. Definitely one of the best experiences I've had in Thailand and wondering if anyone else has been up there.... Was also given an email and told the "proper procedure" of emailing first, sending a copy of passport, and then having full access. Where I simply just drove in and waved high to the soldiers, and later was scolded a bit by the Thai soldiers that I can't just go into the Shan state and back. "The other interesting part is being told that if the soldiers saw my GPS I could be arrested and supposedly mortar fire can be targeted in on an active GPS. Won't express my thoughts there, either way I respected their wishes and turned it off and hid it in my bag." Just wondering others experience up there and should have a video, some photos, and the contact info up end of next week or there after should anyone want to head over. In Pie now and off Sunday up and North along the boarder to Fang and then Chiang Rai... I'm seeing that someone could basically go from the boarder there north-east of Fang all the way along the boarder to the Shan post there in the North-West corner of Thailand... would have to sleep in a village, but would be interesting to complete.