Jim Thompson's house is a key spot for tourists and locals who are aware of the legendary entrepreneur and his role in ... More
The Jim Thompson House
Jim Thompson's house is a key spot for tourists and locals who are aware of the legendary entrepreneur and his role in setting up the Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company in Thailand. Constructed from six different traditional teak houses, all of the walls have been reassembled. Today, the house has been converted into a fine museum where you can find Jim Thompson's beautiful collection of art and artifacts from Thailand and Southeast Asia, comprising of sculptures, paintings and porcelain. The guided tours are extremely informative and the grounds have a bar and exhibition area. It's a must-see, especially when you consider all the mystery surrounding Thompson's disappearance.
This tourist stop was a residence to Bill Reilly, who was curator in Jim absence. It was at that time fantastic. I loved the teak coffee table that had every major magazine under its top glass cover. Each magazine cover was showing this coffee table on their cover. Mr thompson and the King of Thailand were both graduates of the Universiy of Wisconsin in Madison. They were great friend and often argued who had the most antiques from Thailand. For a 22 year old GI it was an experience of a lifetime. John Burke Monroe, Wisconsin. You will enjoy this stop/
A fantastic experience well worth the visit
The gardens are lovely also make sure you stay for lunch. The food was fantastic service also great.The house is just how Jim Thompson left it when he went missing make sure you give yourself at least a few hours to wander around and stay for lunch.
What I liked most about Jim Thompson's House was it's authenticity and how calm and tranquil it was there, when a few hundred metres away there was gridlocked traffic and mayhem. You really felt as though you were experiencing the 'real' Thailand from years gone past. The silk shop had some beautiful goods for sale, from affordable to quite expensive. The little alley on the way to this attraction had some very interesting and quaint shops as well. I visited Jim Thompson's House quite a few times when I lived in Bangkok, to capture the serenity of the gardens and the 'feel' of history.
The guided tour is really really interesting, the buildings are beautiful and the gift shop has really nice little things to purchase... the fish there are interesting because they have taken salt fish and weaned them into fresh water fish... they explain why and how..
The silk shop is the reason to go here. There are many interesting clothes, accessories and decor items. The prices were reasonable considering the high quality.
If you have time to do the tour, go ahead (you're there already) but I spent most of my time browsing in the shop finding great gifts for friends back home.
Amongst the rush and roar of the traffic of Bangkok Jim Thompsons home provides something of a 'Wat' ( temple) like experience. Myself and my daughter jumped off the sky train and saw signs to the silk entrepreneurs home. With great ease we came to the entrance in only a matter of minutes which can be a welcome relief when one has so oft to get lost down a few 'soi's (Thai neighbourhoods) An instant calm decends over you whilst paying your entrance fee which is nominal and children are free. Once assigned to your tour group you have around 20 mins or so before your tour starts. This is ample time to wander around the small and beautiful tropical garden, admire the pristine upkeep of the plants and flowers and soak up the tranquility and release the rush of the city.
The tour guide is informative and full of genuine smiles. The house is an architectural marvel for its time and the detail that Thompson applied inside and out is understated contemporary chic. Every room is a pandoras box of ancient ecelctic antiquities. The various statues of Buddah around the home compound the humble and compelling atmosphere.
The highlight was the Master bedroom complete with a set of photographs of the man himself only months before his disappearance in Malaysia in 1967.
You leave feeling priviliged to have had the insight into a remarkable man and inspiring home. When he disappeared the house was left to his nephew who donated it to a private government trust which is why we can see it today, a real gem, a total must see in Bangkok.
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