The old city of Chiang Mai, once the capital of the Lan Na in Northern Thailand, was fortified with a nearly square wall and moat to fend against the threat of neighboring dynasties in the 13th century. Since then Chiang Mai has grown far beyond its walls to become the second-most important city in Thailand after Bangkok in the south. Numerous restorations of the old city walls have taken place and are continuing today on the corners and around the five original gates. This portion on the Southeast corner of the wall, where today Moonmurang and Bumrungburi roads meet, is one of the four corner bastions, known as Jaeng Katam.
David Hunter Bishop is a retired journalist from Hawaii who quickly tired of retirement life and hit the road as a solo traveler in August 2016. Since then he's traveled through 16 countries on four continents and is currently enjoying life in Chiang Mai, Thailand. For more about David's journey, see published interviews with Nomadic Matt and Expat Focus, and in A Confluence of Adventure Writers, with Sarawak (Kuching, Malaysia) Tribune writer James Ritchie.
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