Jim Thompson House

Attraction 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Rd, Bangkok 10110, Thailand Published on: 17-06-2016

1 hours 30 mins
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
10:00 AM
11:30 AM
First-time visit
Must see
3.00 USD

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The Jim Thompson House is well-known by its interesting architecture and the ingenuity of its former owner and inhabitant.

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Why Jim Thompson House is special ?

The lovely garden-enclosed compound sitting on the bank of the Saen Saeb Canal would have gone completely unnoticed, had it not been for a legacy left behind by a middle-aged American man named Jim Thompson. His elegant residential enclave, comprising six traditional Thai teakwood houses transported from Ayutthaya and Bangkok’s Ban Krua community, echoes Jim Thompson’s 30-year love affair with Southeast Asian art and cultural heritage.

An architect by training and an avid collector of Asian objets d’art, Jim Thompson’s keen eyes and flair for design breathed life into everything he touched. After his discharge from military service in 1946, Jim Thompson decided to settle down in Thailand, where he dedicated over 30 years to reviving Thai silk – then a dying cottage industry – and introduced it to the world’s most respectable fashion houses and catwalks in Paris, New York, London and Milan.

The same goes for his Thai house, which was no ordinary teakwood villa complex filled with incongruous collections of antiques, but a breathing museum – even then – that embodies Jim Thompson’s life-long passion and whimsical design choices. One day in 1967, while at the height of his success, he mysteriously disappeared into the Malaysian jungle, and thus began the legacy of Jim Thompson.

What to explore at Jim Thompson House?

The Jim Thompson Art Center, a large gallery purpose-built to house special exhibitions is located in the same compound. Exhibitions in the Art Center generally focus on Asian topics or textiles, and range from traditional to modern in theme. In addition to exhibitions, the Art Center conducts educational and outreach programs, produces publications and collaborates with local and international cultural institutions. The Art Center also includes in a separate building, the William Warren Library.

Source: http://asemus.museum

How to get to Jim Thompson House?

Located in the center of Bangkok, it is conveniently reached by car, taxi, Tuk tuk, or the Sky Train (Bangkok Transit System).

Selling points

  • Luxury historical thai house
  • Great House in the Heart of the city
  • Quiet Escape Removed from the Busy City
  • A refugee from the clamour of the city
  • Nice museum for Thai silk lovers
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6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Rd, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

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  • You need to wear appropriately, it means that your knee and feet must be covered.
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  • Entrance fee is 100Baht but 50Baht if you are a student (bring your student card!) or under 25 (bring an ID!).
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  • You are not free to wander around the house without a tour.


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Jim Thompson's House, which is built in traditional teak wood style, is now a museum displaying valuable collection of Thai arts such as benjarong (a multicoloured porcelain).

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'The House by the Klong' of Jim Thompson, the 'Father of Thai Silk'. Jim Thompson, an American, came to Thailand at the end of WWII and helped revive the Thai silk industry.

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Beware of touts trying to tell you it's closed or offering to take you to a jewelry shop one street over....huge scam business going on there

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Beautiful Thai traditional house for antique lover, great souvenir shop just next to our Siam Square branch. Real Thai silk available there!!!

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One of the best western-style cultural venues in Bangkok. Right now, they're showing "The House on the Klong" which recounts the disappearance mystery and Thompson's rise to international taste-maker

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Jim Thompson House is an easy to find destination to fill a one hour tourist window. Very easy to get to as it is a few minute walk from the National Stadium BTS station and the massive MBK shopping centre. BTS was a better option than taxi as we found it difficult to find a driver who knew where it was.Admission is 100Baht which includes a mandatory guides tour. The 30 minute tour provides an interesting snap shot of how this one man, an American, restored Thai silk production from a cottage industry to a global export following WWII. His very interesting home contains some very beautiful historical Thai artifacts. The gardens are also very beautiful to walk through. There is a nice shop you can purchase silk and cotton fabrics and merchandise as well as a small bookstore and a restaurant.

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Being quite sceptical about visiting a house and museum named after a Jim Thompson, I followed the family somewhat reluctantly and was pleasantly surprised. The home is a peaceful escape right in the middle of the city. The home is a number of Thai homes which have in effect been built as an open plan home for Jim Thompson who was involved in the silk industry. Tour guide was full of information and the home had many interesting items collected by Jim Thompson over his life. Certainly worth a look and easy to get to by public transport. The shop whilst not necessarily on the cheap side had some gorgeous items such as makeup cases bags scarves and other goods made from silk. Nice way to spend the morning.

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A great way to spend half a day. Nice gardens interesting artefacts in the house and very good guides.

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It was an awesome experience to visit this place. Learn about silk and Jim Thompson history. Something new and unique for the foreigner that come to visit this place

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Jim Thompson's House, which is built in traditional teak wood style, is now a museum displaying valuable collection of Thai arts such as benjarong (a multicoloured porcelain).

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