I absolutely adore Thailand, and in my opinion, this is one of the best countries in the world for first-time backpackers or digital nomads looking for somewhere to settle for a while.
Thailand can seem a bit expensive compared to neighbouring countries in South East Asia, but if you apply some broke backpacker travel hacks, it’s possible to travel Thailand in style on a tight budget.
Just three hours north of Bangkok, this park is a great place to find wild elephants as well as hike and swim.
It also has some crazy beautiful waterfalls that you need to trek a bit to reach – totally worth it! Here you can reach the 200m-high Tee Lor Su Falls by rafting and hiking your way through the jungle on a three-day trip.
Join a silent Buddhist meditation retreat, or dive among world class reef!
Koh Tao is known for the laidback diver vibe and incredibly affordable diving schools.
Koh Samui is the most unpopular of the suit all levels from absolute beginner to teacher training.
Whilst not as impressive as Bagan or Angor Wat, Ayutthaya is still very cool.
It’s easy to get a domestic flight up to Chiang Mai, but if you want to take the slow route, head to Khao Yai first.