During our recent 'Brief But Memorable' tour around Chiang Mai we found ourselves leaving Lampang and following what looked like a Farang in combats, boots and a full face on a Bros. After a few miles we reached a junction and the dear ol' boys in brown stepped out with hands raised. Here we go thought I - we'll be a few hundred Baht down for having offensive haircuts or the like. Driving licenses were produced and at this point we looked at our mystery friend and realised he was in fact a local. He produced a military ID (I think) and with this, our licenses were swiftly returned and we were quickly waved on!! Cut a long story short, we stopped further up the road and introduced ourselves. Turned out our friend was one Captain Dang of the 'Black Warriors' on the Burmese border. No idea of the relevance of this but I would like to thank the ice cool (but very friendly) Captain and can heartily recommend travelling in the company of such a person (particularly at Police check points...).