Jim Thompson House, Bangkok

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Rama I Road, Pathumwan District

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    a house to remember

    by aalayaa Written Aug 27, 2008

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    in jim thompson's house

    this is one of my favorite place in bangkok. too bad, when i was there, a group of school children in uniform were there. it was a bit too crowded.
    the house is old but well maintenance. most furnitures are antique and arrange symmetrical in the room. each room and each furnitures tell story.
    you can't take any photo inside the house but outside is ok. there will be a tour guide explaining everything.

    the silk shop and a restaurant are also available there

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    The House that was the Talk of the Town

    by DarkRay Updated Jul 10, 2007

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    Jim Thompson House was the home of James H.W. Thompson, a self-made American entrepreneur and the founder of the world renowned Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company.

    The house consists of a complex of six traditional Thai-style houses, teak structures that were purchased from several owners and brought to the present location from various parts of Thailand. Construction of the Thai house was completed in 1959.

    With his natural flair for design and color, and driven by his single-minded dedication to reviving the craft, Thompson soon gained worldwide recognition for his success in rebuilding the industry, for generating international demand for Thai silk.

    For his invaluable contribution to the growth and development of the Thai Silk industry, Jim Thompson was awarded the Order of the White Elephant, a decoration bestowed upon foreigners for having rendered exceptional service to Thailand. Thompson's success story in Thailand has become one of the most popular postwar legends of Asia.

    During the Easter weekend in 1967, Thompson disappeared while on holiday with friends in Cameron Highlands, a northern Malaysian resort. There he set out for a walk in the surrounding jungle but never returned. An extensive and extended search failed to reveal any clues about his disappearance. Thus began the Jim Thompson legend.

    The current Jim Thompson House serves as a showcase of how he had lived while in Thailand. Originally trained as an architect, Thompson fell in love with the rustic design of the Thai House and built his own quarters in a similar style, although there is a distinct fusion of traditional American living as well.

    The museum is open from 0900-1700 (last guided tour starts at 1630 though) daily. The admission fee is 100 baht and you will need to join the guided tour as you are not allowed to freely wander within the house. They have some of the best guides around and the tour was a very pleasant as well as being enlightening.

    Do note that indoor photography is not allowed, as with shoes.

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    A Must See

    by mtcowgirl Written Jul 6, 2007

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    The Jim Thompson House & Museum is a worthwhile sightseeing destination in Bangkok.

    Jim Thompson was an American, rumored to be a CIA agent, who fell in love with Thailand. Thompson is credited with revitalizing the Thai silk industry and even was awarded the highest honor for a foreigner, the Order of the White Elephant.

    The story of Thompson's life and the mystery of his disappearance all add to the allure of the wonderful collection of Thai artifacts in his home. Thompson was not just a collector but he was also seeking to preserve Thailand's history from destruction.

    The house & museum are open for guided tours from 0900 to 1700. The tour takes approximately 30 minutes and costs 100TBH.

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    Walking directions from National Stadium

    by UKDaisy Updated Feb 25, 2007

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    To get to Jim Thompson's House, take the BTS Skytrain to National Stadium. Use Exit 1, walk down the stairs, then when you reach the bottom, turn around 180 degrees (Notice I said stairs, not escalators, as usually the escalators are up-riding. Should the escalators be down-riding, then don't turn 180 degrees when you reach the bottom of the escalators). Take the 1st turning on your right, Soi Kasemsan 2, and walk straight down to end of this road and you'll find the house on your left hand side.

    It's a quick walk from the station (opposite side of the road from the giant MBK shopping mall), only about 5 minutes.

    Open 09:00 to 17:00 everyday with the last guided tour at 16:30 (you can only visit the inside of the house with a guided tour)
    Admission: 100 Baht

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    An house worth to go !

    by Cyncyn Written Feb 10, 2007

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    Open Mon-Sat 9:00-17:00. The former home of Jim Thompson ; the mand who revitalized the Tahi silk industry after WWII, is located at Soi Kasemsan 2, off Rama I Road opposite the National Stadium. In 1967 he disappeared in Cameron Highlands of Malaysia under mysterious circumstances. now preserved as a private museum, the Thompson's house is an excellent example of traditional Thai domestic architecture while indside is displayed Thompson's impressive collection of oriental anitiques. What an impressive house !
    I think you won't miss it when you travel Bangkok !

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    Jim Thompsons House

    by slasty Written Jan 20, 2007

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    This is a great way to spend an hour and easy to get to by yourself. Jim Thompson's House is a short walk from the Skytrain and the MBK Shopping Mall. The House is built next to a canal and is a number of traditional Thai teak house with amazing gardens. What makes it worth visiting is that it is a little sanctuary away from the traffic and noise in the middle of Bangkok. Worth visiting and taking a walk around and all has a Jim Thompson Silk Shop.

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    A very thai expat's house: Jim Thompson's

    by hojasdehierba Written Oct 29, 2006

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    Jim Thompson was an American silk trader who established in Bangkok and it seems that he really aprehended Thai culture and architecture. He was the founder of the Thai Silk Company and his house is now a kind of shop-museum. The garden is particularly charming with beautiful flowers and ponds. Guided tour is compulsory: you cannot visit the house without following the tour. We didnt care much for the tour, except from being the only way of visiting the house (well, the houses, in fact. There are several connected teak buildings): our guide gave us a monotonous speech, which she has learnt by heart, which we found hardly understable. But the whole place deserves a visit. You can reach the house by Skytrain, National Stadium stop. Entrance fee is 100 baths for adults and it opens from 9. to 17, although the last tour is at 16.30. Beautiful stuff on the shop, but there are at least one outlet in Bangkok of the same brand (at Sukhumvit Road) with cheaper prices.
    Jim Thompson era un comerciante de sedas norteamericano que se establecio en Bangkok y parece que realmente se empapo de la cultura y arquitectura thai. Fue el fundador de la Thai Silk Company y su casa es ahora una especie de tienda-museo. El jardin es particularmente encantador, con preciosas flores y estanques. La visita guiada es obligatoria (no hay en espanhol): no se puede visitar el interior sin guia. No recomendaria el tour, salvo porque es el unico medio para visitar la casa (las casas, en realidad son varios edificios de teca conectados entre si): nuestra guia dio un discurso monotono, aprendido de memoria, hasta el punto que resultaba dificil entenderla. Sin embargo, el conjunto merece una visita. Se puede llegar a la casa en el Skytrain, bajando en National Stadium. La entrada cuesta 100 b (2 euros, aprox) y abre de 9 a 17, aunque la ultima visita guiada sale a las 16.30. Cosas muy chulas (seda) a la venta en la tienda, pero recordad que hay un outlet de la misma marca en Sukhumvit Road donde tienen productos a precios mas reducidos.

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    Jim Thompson's Complex

    by RoyJava Updated Sep 11, 2006

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    This place is one of Bangkok's most heavily touristed areas. It is Jim Thompson's House & Museum complex, a very historic spot. The house-owner Jim Thompson used to be Thailand's best-adapted foreigner who created the first international appetite for Thai Silk. And became a tireless promotor of traditional Thai arts and culture over the world.

    The place is a very nice one to pass some time, and we enjoyed the Thompson Bar and Restaurant for a great lunch. Loved the beautiful garden view and surroundings, all touched by that typically colonial taste. Read the book Jim Thompson The Unsolved Mystery by W. Warren. It is about Jim Thompson's intriguing disappearence ... and visit the Jim Thompson Factory Sales Outlets (see link).

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    Beautiful Thai compound!

    by tere1 Updated Aug 19, 2006

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    Jim Thompson house

    The Jim Thompson's House is one of the best preserved traditional Thai houses in Bangkok city.

    Jim Thompson, an American, a former member of the US Office of Strategic Services came to Thailand during the World War II. He revived the flagging silk weaving industry later at the end of the war.

    Jim Thompson disappeared under mysterious circumstances in the
    Cameron Highlands in Malaysia in 1967.

    In the Jim Thompson House compound you will be
    guided to see many interesting collection of antiques
    and artworks from all over Southeast Asian region. The house has a restaurant and a shop where you can find the best thai silk. Things are a bit pricy though.

    It's open every day at 9 a.m and the last tour begins at 4.30 p.m. The admission is 100 baht.

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    booming thai silk business

    by malangi Updated May 3, 2006

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    check the house of Jim thompson, the foreigner who opted to stay in Thailand and made the thai silk business booming . He got lost in Malaysia in the 70s and was never found until today. His house was converted into a museum and thai silk store and restaurant. for authentic thai house architecture, check out his house!

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    Nothing Extraordinary

    by Lyda1973 Written Apr 27, 2006

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    First of all, you have to walk a relative long distance if you go by BTS, then you have to wait until they have a guide available, (we had to wait 40 minutes) to be able to see the famous house, which doesn’t have many extraordinary things that worth it, is boring, and of course you can’t take photos inside just outside that even is beautiful, the house and gardens, I think is expensive and they make lost your time.
    Finally they have a café and the shop that is very expensive. The silk is good quality but if you go to Chiang Mai wait until get there to buy. You've already contributed to the organization paying that ticket that cost 250 bath per person which is expensive in comparison with other much better atractions.

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    Magnificent Teak Houses & Priceless Antiques

    by Mikebb Written Mar 8, 2006

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    On a previous holiday we tried to find Jim Thompson's but got lost, this time we walked an extra 50 metres and arrived, it was well worth the second effort. Jim Thompson was an American who arrived in Thailand as a milatary intelligence officer after WW2 and on leaving the service decided to live in Thailand.
    Before the war he had been an architect and he now entered the the world of hand weaving of silk where he is credited with substantially contributing to the development of this industry and gaining world recognition for Thai Silk.
    He also is remembered for the construction of his house which combined 6 teak buildings in traditional architecture, these buildings being centuries old. The house and associated buildings are magnificent, set in beautiful gardens it is a pleasure to take the guided tour with an English speaking guide and later walk through and relax in the garden prior to visiting the silk retail showroom.
    The home is beautifully fiurnished with Thai furniture and antiques complimented with other antiques collected from neighbouring countries. Photos are not allowed whilst within the house, admission is 100 baht .

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    Jim's quaint Thai hse

    by francischris Updated Feb 8, 2006

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    Jim,an american settled in Thailand at the end od 2nd world war.He is an architect by profession and used to work as a CIA operative.He disappeared without a trace in Camerons Highland,Malaysia in 1962.That year was the yr. of the Horse ,notably Jim was born in the yr of the horse.The Chinese cycle is 12 years with each year depicted by an animal.During the year that concur with yr birth animal you have to be very careful as it is not auspicious.Tread with Caution!!!!That may explains the mysterious disappearance.
    He contributed to the revival of Thai's Silk Industry.Using motiffs (inspired by his love for Chinese pottery), for creation of designs on silk ties,scarfs...
    In rememberance of his contributions,His residence was preserved together with his rich collection of Asian art,antiques,potteries n paintings as a public museum under the sponsor of a Thai princess.His collections and house decor reflected his acumen for the finer things of life.
    The Thai house (main hall) flanked by 2 side wings(1 for dinning n the other wing for sleeping quarters are tastefully furnished ,simple n yet cultured.
    The Thai garden shrine to ward off evil spirits is located on the north east corner so that no shadows will fall on it.Open 9 am to 4.30,admission B100(30mins guided tour)

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    Jim Thompson House

    by dfactor Updated Jan 4, 2006

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    Get your ticket here, and nice restaurant close by
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    Jim Thompson came to Bangkok as an American intelligence officer after WWII and set about building the country's silk industry. Through him, new techniques and silk worms are introduced that produced higher yields. Evetually, Thompson hit it big, bought 6 teak houses over 100 years old and combined them to make an estate. As a lover of Thai art, he filled his home with valuable pieces. The man mysteriously disappeared in Malaysia's Cameron Highlands in the 60s.
    I had a wonderful time here, it's like an oasis of calm and peace in the madness of traffic and tuk-tuk and super pussy in Patpong. Phew. Entrance fee is 100 Baht. You can only go in once they have enough people to go in a group, with a guide of couse, if only I understand what my guide was saying, with her unique Thai-English accent. No photos allowed in the house. Also, there is a nice restaurant by a pond with a lot of fishes and a souvenier shop for you to splurge on silk products. Man, they are expensive!

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    Thai Silk & Jim Thompson's House

    by xuessium Written Nov 10, 2005

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    Folks who love Thai silk or Thai architecture should not miss Jim Thompson's House.

    Jim Thompson came to SE Asia during WW2 and soon found opportunities that would bring fame and wealth. Realising the potential of Thai silk, he almost single-handedly brought global fame to the art of Thai silk weaving.

    He was a lover of Thai architecture and travelled throughout Thailand to bring back items that he wanted for his dream house. Sometimes, houses were brought back plank by plank and rebuilt. Folks would not miss the european styled black & white marble tiles at the basement of the main galley - these were from a palace that was about to be torn down and he salvaged it.

    Jim Thompson disappeared in the highlands of the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia in 1967 and the house was eventually returned back to the Thai government under a trusteeship.

    You are not allowed to wander around on your own. Compulsory guided tours (in groups of different languages) were given for visitors and you will be guided from room to room, hall to hall. The house is tasteful designed and rich with architecture gems. Take your time to marvel at the beauty of Jim's House and imagine yourself in his shoes.

    There is a cafe/restaurant for folks wanting a drink/or a meal and of course, you can't really be in Jim's House without taking a look (and buying) the product that he made famous, wouldn't it? There is an in-house boutique selling products made from Thai silks as well as momentos for your visit.

    Opening Hours : 09:00 to 17:00 everyday with the last Guided Tour at 16:30*

    Admission : Adult 100 baht; Students 50 baht

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