I blogged about my visit to Burma's remote Shan State in 2006 here and here. By the fall of 2006, the opium-based gangster economy of the Golden Triangle seemed on its way to becoming relic of history. The remaining drug lords of Northern Myanmar had turned to manufacturing synthetic drugs for the Thai market. The region had also become a transit zone for Chinese-made goods and fake drugs.
However, according to a new report, with government backing, the economy of Shan State appears to have reverted back to some of its former ways.