Jim Thompson Stores, Bangkok
The Jim Thompson House, now a museum, is the second most popular tourist attraction in Bangkok, surpassed only by the Grand Palace in visitor attendance. They made the Jim Thompson Name into a famous Brand of Thai Silk and there are shops everywhere around thailand which sell high quality thai silk into assorted products like silk bags. silk scarfs, silk clothes, silk wallets, silk purses and more.
accodring to wikipedia:
Jim Thompson was an American who was born in Greenville, Delaware, in 1906. A practicing architect prior to World War II, he volunteered for service in the U.S. Army, campaigned in Europe, and came to Asia as part of the force that planned to liberate Thailand. However, the war ended before the operation. He arrived in Bangkok a short time later as a military intelligence officer attached to the O.S.S. After leaving the service, he decided to return and live in Thailand permanently.The hand weaving of silk, a long-neglected cottage industry, captured Jim Thompson's attention, and he devoted himself to reviving the craft. Highly gifted as a designer and textile colorist, he contributed substantially to the industry's growth and to the worldwide recognition accorded to Thai silk.He gained further renown through the construction of his house combining six teak buildings which represented the best of traditional Thai architecture. Most of the houses were at least two centuries old and were easily dismantled and brought to the present site, some from as far away as the old capital of Ayutthaya.On March 27th 1967, Jim Thompson disappeared while on a visit to the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia.His famous Thai house, however, remains as a lasting reminder of his creative ability and his deep love of Thailand.
What to buy: Jim Thompson Company has a lot of branches that sell a lot of things besides thai silk like antiques, sofa's, Bed, Chairs, etc.
What to pay: Very Expensive! if you want ti buy cheap but inferior thai silk products, then buy at the pratunam area or at MBK or at the Chatuchak Weekend Market or JJ Mall.
This Jim Thompson factory outlet
Of course in very reasonable price !! :)
What to buy: Thai Silk sells in meter with very reasonable price. For clothes to curtain , they have everything.
Ready made blouses, shirts, T shirts, neck tie, purses , cushion covers.. scarfs , even bean bag.
You can buy for yourself beautiful blouses or chic scarf.
The materials sell by meter were so tempting too. they have pure cotton , silk , kimono in different designs.
For present , lots of reasonable price items were there and it's presentable for a souvenir.
There are 5 floors:
1st floor silk and cotton fabric
2nd floor cotton fabric
3rd floor silk fabric
4th floor tee shirts, silk shirts, cosmetic bags, ties, bathrobes, stuffed animals, etc.
5th floor home furnishings, cushions, bean bag chairs, pillow cases and Cafe 93 coffee shop
What to pay: it depends .
at least from 20 $ up to you.
Jim Thompson is famous for reviving the silk trade & manufacturing in this country. He built an incredible house (which I encourage you to visit & get the tour), and then he went missing while on some adventure. He was a 'horse' (zodiac), and at age 61, he went missing. I found it somewhat "coincidental" during my tour of his house that 'horses' according to the zodiac, have some kind of 'warning' when they reach age 61, so I'll be waiting.
The Thai people are very grateful for him and his efforts, and so they memorialize him by raising money with his products to carry on his wishes, maintain his house and so much more. The products with his name are not cheap, not expensive, and high quality, so anything from this store would make a great gift for the holidays.
What to buy: Definitely get a silk scarf at this store. Anything silk.
What to pay: There isn't much haggling you can do at this store. Expect to pay $20-50 US$ for a scarf, depending on how big it is. There are various sizes, so feel free to open it up. Notice how thin the material is, look for well-sewn seams.
Jim Thompson was an American architect who served in Thailand during WWII. He is the man responsible for the popularity of Thai silk worldwide, the man who saved it from the threat of extinction. Today, there are several Jim Thompson shops around the city that sell some of the most exquisite Thai silk products like scarves, blouses, purses, etc.
What to buy: Silk, silk and more silk! Oh, and the cookbook, At The Table with Jim Thompson.
I don't really shop at airports. I have no idea why. But the new Bangkok airport was just so nice and I just loved the Jim Thompson shops!
What to buy: I bought a passport holder for only Bt440 (about USD10). Cheap!
Where Mr. Jim Thompson housed is a very touristic area, and so is the Jim Thompson Factory Sales Outlet store in Bangkok Centre, offering a very wide range of quality souvenirs and accessories for home. But the company credits affected the international market for Thai silk, for queens, princesses, countesses, other royal personalities and moviestars. For now it is solidly positioned with the taste of the middle-aged mamasans.
Mr. Jim Thompson received a world-wide known good reputation, became a tireless promotor of traditional Thai arts and culture. And got into the spheres of mystics and mystery because of his intriguing disappearence. Yet a lot of young and trendy fans found their way to the Jim Thompson's Shops, because of some very nice items.
What to buy: Famous was his housecoat, made of beautifully weaved silk with a multified colour design. It costed about 10.000 THB, not that cheap though also not that stiff and high-priced ... Unfortunately I can tell you that the beautiful housecoat is out of his collection! So the ones who do has this item, are the lucky ones heeheeh,... snobby you!
What to pay: A t-shirt by Mr. Jim Thompson is about 5.000 THB
Jim Thompson's shops is where you can find the best thai silk. Their quality is excellent and though it's a bit pricier than in other places, it's well worth the money.
Everything made with silk can be found here, from blouses, to ties, cushions, handbags.
Their shops are also very nice and I found their customer service to be the best. They have fix prices here so don't expect to bargain at these shops.
There are several shops in Bangkok, many of them in the 5* hotels , but the main shop in Surawong Road.
You may have heard about Jim Thompson, the American who almost single-handedly promoted and developed the Thai silk industry and its reputation overseas. Until he mysteriously disappeared in the Cameroon Highlands in Malaysia after a cup of tea and a wander in the forest.
Jim Thompson retail outlets can be found splashed around the city, the most well known is on Thanon Suriwongse near the main Rama IV Road. Well have I got news for you ladies!!! There is a factory shop over on Sukhmuvit Soi 93 (that’s the 93rd soi on Sukhumvit Road for the uninitiated). Soi 93 is around the On Nut BTS (sky train) station, so the best way to get to it is to get the sky train, descend from the left hand side of the tracks as you came into the station (its on the end of the line so this will always be correct), walk back a bit towards Soi 93 and then get a cab up the soi.
It’s open from 10.00am to 6.00pm everyday except Sunday. Obviously a few bob cheaper than the regular retail outlets and the range is just as good.
It doesn’t allow men inside (only joking, but strangely enough this tip is never that popular with the male visitor to Bangkok ! Admittedly some of the neck ties are quite nifty and I have been in myself... don't let on I told you this).
Here's the web page that tells you when JT is having a promotion or a sale...
I have now lost all my macho credibility scores in helping you ladies out here. Still, as I have strong ego boundaries I can cope.
What to buy: Silk. Loads of it. Racks of the stuff.
What to pay: Far too much, and expect to get comments from your spouse along the lines of "...well that will have to come out of next month's housekeeping won't it?"
Many people have heard of the Jim Thompson shops. Their main branch in Bangkok is at Surawong near Patpong.
Being a bloke, the last thing I wanted to look at on holiday was cushions, bedcovers and hankerchiefs and the like. I therefore sat outside the shop, bored to tears whilst my wife happily spent an eternity in the place.
The Jim Thompsons shops also have a an 'outlet' in the same area where they sell silk off the roll at about half the price of the main stores. If you are planning a major refurbishmant at home, then this could well be worth checking out.
Whilst we were in the place we met a gentleman from Chelsea in London who was spending hundreds on new curtains and cloth, and he claimed that the saving he would make compared to buying in London was equilvalent to the airfare !
The Surawong shop has been there for more than 20-30 or more years...it is the main shops - very nice, well presented shop...multi levels. The first 2 is the most frequented, the last two is furnishing but they have a warehouse outlet for furnishing near On Nut (I think Sukhumvit Soi 93 or thereabout).
What to buy: quaranteed excellent quality - I rather pay the extra to be sure - also the prints are unqiue to JT shops.
It is cheaper in Bangkok than their branches other parts of the world - eg in Singapore 10-15 percent more.
lots of nice printed T shirts, lots of stuffed toys.
A nice cafe offering delicious food while wife is shopping!!! - i keep my husband happy there with cakes and ice cream and rice dishes!!!
What to pay: Thai silk blouse - 3/4 sleeves - 2800 THB
simple t-shirt with prints - 650 THB
men Thai silk long sleeve shirt - with lots of elephant prints - 3800 baht. .
I bought lots of small stuffed elephants in different positions around 400 baht.