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Jim Thompson House, Bangkok

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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. Using our online itinerary creator, Bangkok attractions like Jim Thompson House can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This historical teak home is tucked away on a little side street in amongst other buildings, right near the canal. You would never really know it was there. Beautifully preserved home. Be sure to take...  more »
  • This is a must in Bangkok. It won't take you more than one hour to see the whole thing. You have to take a guide, but it is included in the entrance fee (150THB). It's very interesting and is a beauti...  more »
  • This is a very organized (and a bit too controlled) tour around the house of American trader and art collector Jim Thompson. It might be your chance to see a traditional (yet adapted) Thai household, ...  more »
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  • True Man about Town Who Went places Jim Thompson's story is as fascinating as this cute little gem of a place bang in centre of Bangkok. But you may as well have entered another dimension, because it looks like something out of Jumanji, but highly curated. Jim Thomson was adventurer,spy, avid collector of Thai houses (!!) and a revolutionary merchant of Thai silk- something that almost deified him in Thailand.Jim Thompson's house is actually 6 Thai Houses mashed together in a jewel box garden of ferns , palms and orchids- a great place when you have time but are too hungover to do anything apart from sheltering in a museum.The guide was hysterical ( "Please don't take pictures inside the house because we need to make money by selling our pictures") .The attached restaurant is gold class for Thai food.Everything is lip smacking delicious, carefully presented and great value for money. I thought the attached Thai silk goods shop was ridiculously expensive but I saw people buying lot of stuff- may be I ll go back when I win that lottery. Oh yes, you can keep going back- it's like that .
  • This is the house of American businessman Jim Thompson, the person who single-handedly rejuvenated the Thai silk industry. This house is nestled on a canal, a fact that you'll be constantly reminded of due to the noise coming from the speedboats. Perfect example of Thai architecture with a dense green garden, it houses his huge (and rare) South-East Asian art collection. The tour of the house is conducted in 5 or 6 languages, including English. The guides are knowledgeable and professional, yet jovial. This place has to be on your Bangkok itinerary!
  • Interesting history from an American guy who made silk famous in Thailand. For 150 baht you get a quick (30 minute) tour, which was really great. Not allowed to make photos inside the house, but the garden is beautiful with it's variety of exotic plants.
  • The house is lovely but also has a fascinating story involving Thai cultural and political intrigue; CIA, spy, and military connections; interesting architecture; and an intriguing business plan. Allow extra time in case you have just missed a tour group and have to wait for another. You must go with an organized tour and they start about every 20 minutes. Take socks - tours are Asian style - no shoes.
  • Neat glimpse into history. Beautifully curated and preserved. Required tours are interesting. Silks in the gift shop are worth the splurge.