Set amidst rice fields on the outskirts of Lampang, the hotel is an oasis of peace and luxury. Looking out over the swimming pool in the hazy early morning light with a cup of coffee in your hand, you feel transported to a better planet. Bas, the owner, is something of a Renaissance man. Fluent in Thai, French, English, Dutch and German, guitarist, big bike fanatic, mountain bike aficionado, Asian traveller par excellence- he's the man. His charming wife Daa is the wizard in the kitchen. The food is succulent. Bike into town and visit the Sunday walking street and a wat or two. Scooter to the nearby Doi Khun Tan national park, check out the elephants, become a mahout, golf on the championship course and then have an in-house massage. Good humour guaranteed.