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Jim Thompson House, Bangkok: 69 reviews and 128 photos

  One of the traditional Thai houses
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  • One of the traditional Thai houses - Bangkok
      One of the traditional Thai houses
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  • silk dresses at the upstairs exhibition - Bangkok
      silk dresses at the upstairs exhibition
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  • canal boat travelling behind the house - Bangkok
      canal boat travelling behind the house
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  • my husband enjoying a cold singha in the cafe - Bangkok
      my husband enjoying a cold singha in the cafe
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This sight is a very easy walk from the National Stadium sky train station - around 5 minutes. Ignore any idiots who tell you it is closed, or offer to take you on a 20 baht tuk tuk ride. It is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Entry is 100 baht and you have to go around on a guided tour.

The house belonged to Jim Thomson an American businessman and designer who settled in Bangkok just after World War 11 and helped revitalise the Thai silk industry. The village where his workers made the silk was just on the other side of the canal from his home.

Thompson brought the houses that made up his home from different parts of Thailand. All the houses are traditional Thai wooden houses. They are built without nails, the pieces of the houses slot together.

As well as being famous for revitalising the Thai silk industry Thompson is famous for suddenly and mysteriously disappearing while taking a stroll in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. There are many theories about his disappearance: was he deliberately killed? Did he stage his own disappearance. no-one knows.

There is a lovely cool cafe at the sight. There was also a free exhibition above the Jim Thompson shop which displayed many silk dresses, showed a film about Thompson's life and disappearance and had many interesting news clippings from the dates he lived in Thailand. These included stories about the disputed temples Thailand and Cambodia are currently fighting over, but from when the dispute arose around 50, 60 years ago; a horrible story about a Chinese man who killed and ate Thai children and became a kind of Thai bogeyman with mother's threatening their children that he would come and eat them if they did not go to bed right now and reports about con men ripping off tourists and the need to do something about it from the 1950s. Worth a look.

Address: Rama I Road, Pathumwan District
Directions: National Stadium or Siam Skytrain station
Phone: +662-216-7368
Website: http://www.jimthompsonhouse.com

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  • Written May 1, 2011
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