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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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  • The House is really nice! Offers the possibility to isolate themselves from the chaos of Bangkok remained immersed in a peace almost unnatural! All-Tek! The garden is beautiful! Paying 150 bath there is a possibility to visit inside with a guide! You can choose the language you want to hear the explanations!! Unmissable!
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  • Spectacular place with regard to the architectural culture of this country. Peaceful place where you forget for a couple of hours the chaos in Bangkok. The ticket price is 150 baht. Will you provide a guide explaining in English the various parts of the House. It is also possible to eat for those who want to stop at the restaurant by spending 10/15 €. Recommended!
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  • Beautiful house and garden to look around, very interesting story of Jim Thompson. Our guide was good and very informative. Spent a lovely morning here. Go if you are in the area :) 
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  • The tour took 35 mins. A guide comes along with it, multiple language. It covers a small area. A bungalow of a sort. A display of collectibles by Jim throughout his stay in Thailand. Jim Thompson's products store. It was great.
  • I almost gagged when a visiting friend asked if the $52 half-day guided tour as per a trip advisory site was worth it. You tell me. Catch the BTS to National Stadium, stumble along for about 8minutes and you are there. So far that's about $1, probably a lot less. The entry fee is about $4.50. Everyone that can sell you a ticket anywhere can speak English and if they have an off day and not understand then you'll be drenched with help. Google Map the place - you won't get lost if you don't either. JTH entry fee provides a guided tour for small groups through the place in one of several languages, you may need to wait a whole 10minutes for your language group to take your turn through. The restaurant has a nice outlook to garden and carp pond with regular performances of Thai dancing and silk spinning (no need to enter the tour for that) in the forecourt. FYI if someone helpful advises "JTH closed today", just smile and keep walking. The helpful soul is probably a taxi driver who won't really rip you off but may take you to his cousins silk shop. Upon dropping you back will probably look at his watch and tell you "JTH open now" Trust me, it was never closed :)
  • Loved the visit & enjoyed learning abit more about this mysterious Jim Thompson person. Not sure how much sensationalisation of the story has happened, but all good fun for a half day!
  • Was initially reserved about visiting Jim Thompson House, however definitely glad we made this stop during our stay in Bangkok. Entry includes a tour guide with different language options. The tour in total takes about 30 minutes and has some really interesting facts as well as some beautiful art pieces in a beautiful Thai home. You wouldn't even know your in the middle of the city. The deserts at the restaurant are worth a stop, the cheesecake was divine! There is also a shuttle tuk-tuk that takes you to and from the main road if you need it.
  • A pleasant experience. You get showed around a period house on a timed walk-around, with engaging narration from an very nice guide. It was interesting to get a peek at how people lived back then.