Are you going to Thailand for a short trip or even a month (or even making a more permanent move to the Land of Smiles)?
Pick up this BYC Microguide created by Misa Kabashima, who spent a few months traveling through SE Asia after a Fulbright fellowship in Korea. She thoroughly researched the best hostels and inexpensive hotels. Misa studied for a semester in Chiang Mai and has also included some of her favorite spots from her time living there.
Misa also grew up in the gourmet food loving state of California, so her suggestions for food spots in Thailand should not be missed!
Download the free ebook here: http://www.amazon.ca/Days-Thailand-Bravo-Your-City-ebook/dp/B00DWHWLIW/