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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. Using our online itinerary creator, Bangkok attractions like Jim Thompson House can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This historical teak home is tucked away on a little side street in amongst other buildings, right near the canal. You would never really know it was there. Beautifully preserved home. Be sure to take...  more »
  • This is a must in Bangkok. It won't take you more than one hour to see the whole thing. You have to take a guide, but it is included in the entrance fee (150THB). It's very interesting and is a beauti...  more »
  • This is a very organized (and a bit too controlled) tour around the house of American trader and art collector Jim Thompson. It might be your chance to see a traditional (yet adapted) Thai household, ...  more »
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  • Excellent museum with a very informative tour included in the ticket price. You will learn about its namesake, a man who loved Thailand so much that he moved there and established a bustling silk business which put this beautiful product on the international market. So worth it. Do take a look at the beautiful pond fish and the restaurant. Also, if you stick around after your tour, be sure to see a short traditional Thai dance feature and witness silk weaving with your own eyes.
  • Too many development surrounding the house that made it too noisy with noise from the construction sites unlike when I came to the house in 2003 the place was really quieter and secluded. Last time I can go in and just walk around the courtyard without getting forced to pay for the tourist guide. Its THB 150 for English or Chinese tourist guide that give really good history lesson about Jim Thompson and his house and tour for 15 minutes or less. No photos allowed in the house and the items they sell in shop is quite expensive.
  • True Man about Town Who Went places Jim Thompson's story is as fascinating as this cute little gem of a place bang in centre of Bangkok. But you may as well have entered another dimension, because it looks like something out of Jumanji, but highly curated. Jim Thomson was adventurer,spy, avid collector of Thai houses (!!) and a revolutionary merchant of Thai silk- something that almost deified him in Thailand.Jim Thompson's house is actually 6 Thai Houses mashed together in a jewel box garden of ferns , palms and orchids- a great place when you have time but are too hungover to do anything apart from sheltering in a museum.The guide was hysterical ( "Please don't take pictures inside the house because we need to make money by selling our pictures") .The attached restaurant is gold class for Thai food.Everything is lip smacking delicious, carefully presented and great value for money. I thought the attached Thai silk goods shop was ridiculously expensive but I saw people buying lot of stuff- may be I ll go back when I win that lottery. Oh yes, you can keep going back- it's like that .
  • Really enjoyed the beauty of the architecture and teak wood. Gardens and koi fish are also very impressive. English tour was informative and guide was very knowledgeable. Staff were very friendly and the visit was well worth the 150 baht paid.
  • Nice place to relax. Guide was professional. Could see Jim Thomson's enthusiasm about architecture, silk and love of Thai. Store sells stuffs bit expensive. Recommend to visit Jim Thompson's factory store if you want to buy with reasonable price. You can google it.