I understand and respect that everybody's experiences are individual but I am after a hidden gem in the North of Thailand to spend a 2-3 nights. I plan to kick start my SE Asia tour with 2 nights in BKK then 2 nights Chiang Mai and 2 night trek. I have a friend who is only in Thailand for a week and I want her to experience ...."something else".
When I went to Thailand before I went from Chiang Mai to Pai for 3 nights and it was ace. I appreciate it was quite tourist-bitten but I was vaguely fortunate to experience it in August when slightly more ghostly (but with hidden beauts of bars when you make friends with the local barmaids).
Where else is like this? Or where else is "different"? Where else could be classed as a backpackers hideout?