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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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  • Is the former House of Jim Thompson Thai silk King said. You can visit the House as well as the works of art which he had collected. In the House can go only with guided tours, photography is prohibited. (Except for in house-friendly) degree for tours starting from there, depending on if you could wait a bit. Guide can Japan language (when I was about 8 people) I'm also and tell you more. I hit guide it is than the poor local tour guides fluent in Japan Japanese is very easy to understand. I think duration is 30 minutes. I think what many of Thompson's commitment is seen throughout the Interior, furniture, and works of art in the form like the antique. Especially in his study was very good. It was a hotel shop sells silk products such as souvenir shop sells books and postcards home Besides, scarf, tie, restaurants are adjacent, are properly maintained as tourist attractions. And the temple is also recommended place who conquered the griddle attractions since there are different types and people who like works of art and history.
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  • it is close to the train station as well as a few shopping centres and a market, so great for a day out. The tour is included in the price, which is 100 baht and lasts for around half an hour.  more »
  • If this is the only Teak house you can see do go. The tour is good and well organized. The gift shop is fantastic.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Coming from Jim Thompson’s home town, this really inspired me. His residence is absolutely breathtaking and his history is very intriguing. I dare you to not come here and want to immediately want to relocate to Bangkok. This tour is absolutely worth it if you are in the city. The cafe and store are also highlights on their own. Great way to burn an afternoon.
  • The English tour was very good. Not only did you get to learn about the traditional Thai architecture/design of the exquisite home and gardens, but you also learned a lot about Thai customs and arts. It is a perfect serene escape in terribly busy Bangkok. There is a street sign that says it is only open til 5pm, which might be confusing. It is open til 6pm. I believe the last English tour might be at 5pm. In order to go into the house, you need to take a tour. The restaurant is also a treat, and it is open later. You get to see some of the beautiful grounds from the restaurant.
  • Loved it - the story behind his house is interesting as well! Don't miss the souvenir shop that sells a lot of his silk fabric line - we bought a silk tie and scarf - great! They have a store at the airport where the prices are substantially higher. Recommend taking the guided tour - well worth it!
  • 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💝💫

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