Jim Thompson House Bangkok - Thai Silk & MuseumThe legendary American who brought so much of his enthusiasm to Thailand and disappeared mysteriously whilst on holiday in Malaysia in 1964.
He has left a strong legacy in Bangkok, with not only the house and museum but a string of shops bearing his name throughout the city.
Jim Thompson love of the country (Thailand), Thai silk industry and his disappearance is well documented, and a visit to his house one of the 'must do' items on the visitors list.
Due to his efforts, Thai silk is now famous all over the world and justly renowned for its quality, colours and patterns.
Jim Thompson, trained as an architect and gardener, also built a fine collection of traditional Thai houses, fashioned into one dwelling where he lived during his lifetime.
In the 22 years that Jim Thompson lived in Thailand, he built an astounding reputation as the man who was recognized as a person who rebuilt the Thai silk industry.
After his tragic death, the house remains preserved as a museum containing a priceless collection of Asian objets d'art.
Jim Thompson house and museum is open from 9am to 5pm, with the last guided tour at 4.30pm.
Admission is 100 Baht for adults and 50 Baht for children/students.
To get to Jim Thompson House Museum: take the Skytrain Silom Line to National Stadium and the house is on Soi Kasamansam, on the opposite side of Rama 1 Rd.
Tel. 0 2215 0122, 0 2216 7368
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