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Jim Thompson House, Bangkok

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#1 of 198 in Museums in Thailand
Admire the artful curation of traditional Thai design at Jim Thompson House, a complex of buildings collected from across the country in the 1950s and 60s. The brainchild of American businessman Jim Thompson, this estate brings together classic architectural examples in one place and today offers an interesting introduction into traditional Thai arts and crafts, such as silk spinning. Relax under the verandas of the cool, rust-colored buildings, and admire the work of local craftspeople before enjoying a meal at the onsite restaurant. Use our Bangkok online trip builder to arrange your visit to Jim Thompson House and other attractions in Bangkok.
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  • The guided tour is available in English, French, Thai and Chinese. Takes about 25 minutes and costs 150 Bath for adults and 100 Bath for the little ones. Is a tour of the Jim Thompson House, really interesting. We went to 8:00 in the morning and waited, I was left amazed with how much love you take care of the garden. Beautiful
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  • Such a lovely place to visit and browse in comfort and style. I have always been fascinated by Jim’s story, and love the merchandise. The small gifts that you can pick up, fit snuggly in ones suitcase...  more »
  • Little old house, but keep it good. There is a service, a variety of speakers who understand different languages, and the introduction of the museum's exhibits, the whole of the time of the team about half a hour. The museum can arrange vehicles from the museum to send visitors to the main street.
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  • Being an American who lived 30 minutes from his home town really marked me. The Jim Thompson House inspired me to keep following my dreams of becoming a Thailand citizen. I feel that we both see and love the culture here. I loved his story. I loved the uniqueness of the house and the old pieces he collected. If you love art, this is something to see for sure! Highly recommended. The staff are friendly, approachable and social! I had a really great experience with Beifern, a Thai dancer and silk maker. She deserves to be recognized for her hard work and how she treats the tourists; she made it very personal and a special experience. I will never forget this place. Amazing experience and beauty. Thank you Jim Thompson💝💫
  • Great artifacts and collection to see, very Thai and very ornamented! This little museum house is a perfect getaway from the bustling city, it is located in the central part of Bangkok but resides in a quiet alleyway by the river. The tour lasts for around 30 to 40 minutes walking us through and around the house. There's also a restaurant and a Jim Thompson brand clothing store on site. Great place to go with friends and family.
  • A worth visiting heritage house with unique combination of mainly Thai style building and oriental furniture, antique collection and exquisite architectal structure. Had it not been that the owner is a passionate architect himself, it is unlikely we would be able to see such a sanctuary built by a westerner (an American) in downtown Bangkok today. The visiting experience to this museum is certainly very much enhanced by the museum tour guide. Quite busy on a Monday afternoon but the tour groups are well organised to make sure each group not too big with enough time for each individual to spend time on the items of his or her interest.
  • A delightful garden setting provides a lovely start to this easy to find location. The tour is interesting and the house kept in tip top order, with beautiful artworks. We didn't eat at the restaurant as, contrary to a few reviews, it is comparatively expensive. The boutique carries a large range of the JT brand. The tour takes around 45 minutes and costs 150Baht per person and is guided in various languages.
  • Tour was interesting, worth the 150thb admission (per person). Air conditioning in the gift shop was a nice break from the heat. Restaurant was actually very good (I wasn't expecting it) and reasonably priced for the quality of items available. Consider taking one of the local long-tail canal boats (basically the canal "bus") to get there if you want to travel like most people did when Thompson built it.

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