Tomorrow I leave for a 4 day trip into Shan State, Myanmar with a group from Wat Suan Dok to visit 2 towns – First Keng Tung then I think our final destination will be Mong Yang. This is a goodwill trip by the Monk (Advisor) for Monk Chat – Phra Saneh Dhammavaro. I am told there will be at least one European with us and his Thai wife. However the Shan tour guide may not speak English just Thai â€“ hope that isn’t the case. I also understand that recently there has been some border trouble with the Chinese and shooting in the border area â€“ But I think we are far enough away from the affected area to miss that, at least I hope so. I am told that Mong Yang is similar to what Chiang Mai used to be like 50 years ago, so I am looking for some good photos. Anyway, start packing tomorrow and leave at 4AM Friday morning. They tell me the hotels are air-conditioned but that also remains to be seen â€“ everything included in the 9,000 Baht price.