Getting through is not possible. Sorry guys. There is something about machine guns and barbed wire that discouraged me at every possible access road.
Getting in is difficult, and there is an element of good fortune about it.
Getting through is not possible. In any event, you have to leave through the same point that you entered in order to collect your passport. On entry you will be issued with a 'pass'.
If you do get in you will also most likely be followed by 4 soldiers riding in the back of a jeep with sub machine guns... and at night there is the white Toyota Camry with tinted windows that parks outside your lodgings.
There are early signs that this is changing, and the fact that they let me in in Feb 2011 was reported in Straits Times in Singapore as ".. an event that suggests a softening of policy...".
The Ledo Road is beckoning. Hopefully soon we will be able to get through to Europe via an easier route than China.
Last edited by markbaldock; 14 Oct 2011 at 07:54.
Reason: correction to date