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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. Use our Bangkok online trip builder to arrange your visit to Jim Thompson House and other attractions in Bangkok.
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  • October 5, 2017
    It is a guided visit and the entrance fee (150 baht) is all worthed. The residential is not big but nicely decorated with paintings, Buddha statue, Chinese porcelain, etc.  more »
  • October 5, 2017
    My friends took me there for a meal & check out merchandise. The meal was great & service excellent. The Teak wall panelling & polished teak floors were beautiful. The merchandise was impressive, beau...  more »
  • October 5, 2017
    After being greeted by an English-speaking guide. We visit the gardens. The tour of the House is super interesting. The guide punctuated his explanations with a few questions on the subject in order to re-launch the reflection. It was really nice. The story of this man is surprising. End of life also. At the end of the visit, if you wish, you can either a drink or a meal in a bar/restaurant which among other things presents extra desserts. This visit is recommended to you.
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  • July 14, 2017
    Excellent museum with a very informative tour included in the ticket price. You will learn about its namesake, a man who loved Thailand so much that he moved there and established a bustling silk business which put this beautiful product on the international market. So worth it. Do take a look at the beautiful pond fish and the restaurant. Also, if you stick around after your tour, be sure to see a short traditional Thai dance feature and witness silk weaving with your own eyes.
  • July 29, 2017
    We arrived just in time for the last tour (18:00). This was the perfect time because the teak wood glows magnificently in the evening light. The garden and the house are a marvel of interior and garden design. The tour guide was speaking very mechanically and it sounded as if she doesn't even know the words she speaks. But don't let this distract you they have many interesting details to share.
  • July 21, 2017
    Nice house and gardens with some locals displaying silk gathering and spinning techniques. I'm not sure how come he obtained all these ancient statues, from Thailand and Myanmar, seems to me they are national treasures and should never have been in the hands of one person. Unsure of the ethical implications of this. Shouldn't they be in the Thai or Myanmar national collections? What is the foundation and where does all the money go? Is this just an example of rich foreigner exploiting locals. Ok he "saved" the Thai silk industry, but seems to have made truck loads of money in the process. Did the local workers benefit as much, I doubt it. Am I the only person who has thought of this? Left a slight sour taste in my mouth, but suspect I'm the only one...
  • August 25, 2017
    The overall experience is something I would recommend to fellow tourists. They have a very organized system. What you would love about it is they offer a tour included with the fee you pay. Available in different languages.
  • July 18, 2017
    I was so glad that I made time during my Bangkok trip to visit the Jim Thompson House. This was Mr Thompson's house for 7 years prior to his disappearance. They have kept the house up beautifully and displayed so many fine works of art. I wanted to walk around and just take pics of the beautiful flowers and landscaping. When you walk in, there is a silk store on the left. It is nice to go in and peruse the items. My kids fell in love with silk elephants that came with their own sack. Outside the store, there was a man demonstrating how silk is collected from cocoons. It was a fantastic learning piece for my kids. There were woman next wrapping and spinning the silk. You have to sign up for a guided tour of the house. There are many guides speaking a multitude of languages. The guide does a great job describing the pieces and architecture of each room. There are paintings on the wall (with horizontal cracks from being rolled in storage). One of the women on the tour complained that she wasn't given enough time to inspect the paintings. The tour guide did allow more time in each room after that. Jim Thompson collected a lot of Burmese art as well as damaged sculptures (with broken arms/ heads) because he realized the value of these pieces. There is also an adjacent cafe, but we did not eat there. I am glad I took a couple hours to visit the house, learn about silk and a little Thai history.

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