When you go to Bankgok, you will hear the name Jim Thompson all over the city. Jim Thompson was one of Bangkok's favorite expats. An American, who came to Thailand in the 1950's. Supposedly CIA. Anyway, he loved Thailand and their culture. He helped revitalize the Thai silk industry. He was killed mysteriously in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia in 1967.
His house is one of the best sites in Bangkok. Made up of several antique homes-they are filled with stunning antiques. There is a nice cafe there-where you can take a drink or light meal by the pond overlooking the house. You must go on a short guided tour through the house. Afterwards, you can walk around the small gardens and take photos looking inside the house. The house is open to the outside. Great gift shop.
The gardens are planted with common and rare tropical plants with combinations of both potted and plant beds. Brick walks wind throughout the garden and making Jim Thompson's House feel as if totally out of busy town.
Jim Thompson's House is exactly in the middle of the Bangkok City.
Jim Thompson's House, comprising six traditional Thai teak buildings in which are displayed the former US agent's collection of traditional art - it will give you an idea of what you should be shopping for, as this was the man who introduced Thai silk to the world.
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.
The famous Jim Thompson's house is now a museum! If you are still wondering who Jim Thompson was, well he was the man responsible for starting the Thai silk company and manufacturing. His house has many old artifacts from old siam and is an interesting place to visit. Jim Thompson mysteriously disappeared in Malaysia's Cameron Highlands quite some years ago and was never heard of since. There are guided tours at the house in English, Thai, Japanese, and I think Spanish and French. The enterence cost is cheap, if I'm recalling correctly it was somewhere from 40-150 baht.
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
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).
I recently visited Jim Thompson's House and recommend that you try the restaurant. The food is great and it is a lovely atmosphere. This makes a great tourist attraction into a fantastic one!
Take time to look around the house on one of the guided tours and enjoy your afternoon. After viewing the house and hearing the history, make sure you have a look in the Jim Thompson store and view the world class Thai Silk collection!
Hope you all enjoy the outing. More info can be found at:
Thaistyle World Travel Guide
In the Bangkok Travel Guide
Wonderful place to see authentic Thai residential architecture and SEAsian art.
An American, Thompson was an entrepreneur who, having moved to Thailand, set up home and worked tirelessly in the promotion of Thai silk. He built is home from derelict Thai houses throughout the country as well as collecting SEAsian artefacts.
Thompson disappeared while out walking in the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia in 1967. His body has never been found - fuelling many stories about his disappearance.
Whatever the reason, he left beyond this magnificent home which was given to the Thai government as a museum. As well as the house, there is a small cafe and a great shop to buy extensive examples of Thai silk.
I think this place is very famous and there is nothing to add to most of the guide books. But it is one of my favatrites and I have to put this!! Well, if you want to see Thai-style architecture, you should go to Jim Thompson House. Jim Thompson was an American who made a big fortune on Thai silk. His house now becomes a museum and we can take a small tour in his house. He collected some antiques over Asia and we can see them, too. It?fs good.
Jim Thompson, an American, was born in Greenville, Delaware, in 1906. He volunteered for service in the U.S. Army, campaigned in Europe, and came to Asia. The war ended before the operation, however, and he arrived in Bangkok a few days later. After leaving the service he decided to return and adopted Thailand as his home.
The hand weaving of silk cloth, 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 colourist, he contributed substantially to the industry's growth and to the worldwide recognition accorded to Thai silk.
He gained further reknown through the construction of this house, combining six traditional teak buildings that represented the best of Thai domestic architecture. Most of the houses were at least two centuries old and came from various locations.
In his quest for authenticity, Jim Thompson adhered to the customs of the early builders in most respects. The houses were elevated a full storey above the ground, a practical Thai precaution to avoid flooding during the rainy season, and the roof tiles were fired in Ayudhya employing a design common centuries ago but rarely used today. The red paint on the outside walls is a preservative commonly found on many old Thai buildings. The chandeliers were electrified as a concession to modern convenience, but even they belong to a past era, having come from 18th and 19th century Bangkok palaces.
Jim Thompson moved into it in the spring of 1959. The house and the art collection soon became a point of interest that he decided to open it to the public with all proceeds donated to Thai charities.
On March 27, 1967, Jim Thompson disappeared while on a visit to the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia. Not a single valid clue has turned up in the ensuing years as to what might have happened to him. His famous Thai house, however, remains as a lasting reminder of his creative ability and his deep love of Thailand.
Open daily from 9am - 5pm
Entrance fee 100 baht
This house and now museum is a nice place in such a chaotic city, I honestly thought the place was bigger, but considering that the building around it went up after this house was built, then it must have been something else in the 1950's......worth seeing, give yourself about a hour !!!!!!
Jim Thompson was an American living in Bangkok who became famous for reviving Thailand's silk industry. His elegant and lavish teak home is now a museum open to the public. The house is actually constructed with pieces of smaller Thai teak homes. The house also contains an impressive collection of Asian art and antiques. The gardens surrounding the home are also particularly lovely.
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 !
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!