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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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  • First stop on our tour of Thailand, we hit something for its traditional architecture perfectly preserved and protected thanks to the Foundation. In fact, thanks to this trick he's avoided demolition and they proceeded to its preservation. On the day it was raining a lot, however the rain gave a particular magic to a suburb. The guided tour lasts about 45 minutes, as it explains the story of its owner, mysteriously disappeared in ' 61 during a sortie in the jungle. Truly an oasis in the great metropolis of Bangkok.
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  • It was not expected that. My spouse is going to dragging of the feet, but when visiting the House he loved. The House is beautiful, the visit is made in different languages and in french. Friendly, smiling staff.
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  • The two most valuable things to me in this visit were the gardens - I loved the harmony created between the plants and the designs in the shop and the antique artifacts in the garden and house. While ...  more »
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  • quite simply one of my favorite experience in Bangkok as there are a lot of history behind Jim Thompson's house. The 30 minute tour is well worth it to learn about what makes this museum so unique and all the thoughts Jim had put into its design. You can spend a whole morning admiring its architecture and the amazing tropic garden surrounding the property. Even though it is a private museum, you are most certainly encouraged to spend more time walking around the premise. It's really an amazing paradise in the middle of the concrete jungle.
  • Beautiful place and exceptional staff. This place is stunning and you feel like you've been transported somewhere else whilst In the centre of busy Bangkok. The history, story and mystery surrounding the buildings and there former owner is fascinating. The old antiques and interiors are beautiful and not to mention the outside space. Would highly recommend it 😁
  • You certainly get a lot for your money. Great tour. The guide spoke good English & the staff were very friendly. For other members of staff, i recommend speaking in slow, simple English :) the house's history was fascinating & the architecture superb. I was sad not to be able to take photos inside, but there are paintings and statues up to 1200 years old on display without glass display cases so I can understand the reasons why you can't. Be prepared to take your shoes off to go in the main house!
  • A great oasis from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. The 150b entrance fee will get you in a fairly relaxed 30 minute tour of the house, after which you are free to wonder the gardens and take a look at the art collections. There is also a good restaurant. I would describe it as a relaxing couple of hours diversion, rather than a day out. From the Khao San Road area you can take the #15 bus there and back for about 20b, the bus ride is as interesting as visiting the house and will help give you a sense of the layout of the city. The bus conductor will tell you which stop to get off.
  • This is an unusual destination for most tourists but I highly recommend that you consider it in your Bangkok trip itinerary. This 5,000 square-foot home is both beautiful and historic. It is actually a group of several homes that were moved to the side and Linc together. The homes I made a beautiful wood and have breathtaking views of a garden. The house/museum is full of remarkable art and history. It chronicles the remarkable life of Jim Thompson who was an American who immigrated to Thailand to start a famed silk company. Sadly, after living in the home for just a couple of years, he vanished mysteriously in Malaysia, never to be found. There’s a wonderful gift shop and restaurant that serves delicious food. This destination is a perfect place for a short, cultural visit for individuals that are interested in art and history.
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