For over 700 years, the city served as a vital strategic point and as capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom. To defend the city from the war elephants of hostile neighbors, Lanna rulers built a defensive wall about a mile on each side, complete with a deep and wide moat around the city.
Whoever tried to invade Chiang Mai wouldn’t have been very happy, since they have to find a way to get across the four-meter deep moat while arrows rained down from archers atop the wall. The walls and moat have been maintained and reconstructed up to this very day. Times have become more peaceful since the elephant wars, and the wall has become a nostalgic and photogenic relic. The moat is still such an effective defensive configuration that even today cars drive into itand almost suffer the undeserved fate of marauding war elephants. We at Eastern Serenity have a constantly updated contingency plan to put it back in use at the first sign of the army of the undead. Or maybe for the uncountable Chinese tourists; we always get a bit confused when the crowds get thick.
Both the wall and moat, along with the many temples and parks, influence and inspire the look and feel of the Eastern Serenity collection and provide an open air photo studio right outside our front door.