Well, if you ask me, I would still prefer backpacking trips than the guided ones. There are many advantages as well as disadvantages of both. Thailand 2012 was my first guided trip and after that, I promised myself to travel with my backpacks on and get excited to get lost!
First, you can't manage your time wisely and conveniently as you have the guide's own schedule that it feels like you're a robot doing what they wish you to do. Though, you don't have to worry about safety and accommodation, the thing is you can't maximize the things that could possibly be done first for the purpose of discovering new things or for the sake of pacifying your lust of food cravings, wanderings, photography and in short enjoyment.
In addition, they usually take you to places which aren't really special but because of the fact that they are mostly visited by tourists then you have to drop by those places, too. Uhmm, yeah I am hard to please because my soul is into gloating my favorite coffee, cultural villages, the highlands, remote areas, and peaceful landscapes. That's the reason why I have been enjoying Vietnam because of the friendly nature it has offered me.
Anyhow, enjoy the one year old snaps taken in Thailand last year.