For the first time backpacker looking for a destination that is cheap, warm, and easy to travel, there are few better options than Thailand. Thailand offers beautiful beaches, delicious food, cheap transport, cheap accommodation, and a fun backpacker atmosphere filled with both first time and experienced travelers.

For me, Chiang Mai and Pai are the best places in Thailand to head for jungle trekking, nature, or to just chill out. As tourism grows in Northern Thailand, more and more activities are available, but I still believe Northern Thailand remains the best place to simply relax and learn about Thailand and Thai culture.