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Jim Thompson Thai House

Bangkok

14.5/5(3 Ratings)
Ranked 16 of 89 sightseeing in Bangkok

The Jim Thompson House is a museum located in the central part of the capital city, Bangkok. The museum houses the quirky art collection of American businessman Jim Thompson, who was a resident at the house in his 25 year stint in Thailand.

 

History

A businessman and architect, Jim Thompson established the Thai Silk Company Limited in 1948, and moved to Bangkok. He fell in love with Southeast Asian Art, which was not renowned in International circles at the time. Thompson started collecting quirky art, including figurines, carvings and paintings- anything that caught his whim. He built the house in 1959, overlooking the Saen Saeb Canal at the heart of Bangkok, in the traditional Thai style- albeit with a few liberties. Thompson started residing at the house, where he also showcased his extensive art collection. He was also a major factor in the resurgence of the Thai silk Industry, and was awarded the Order of the White Elephant for his exceptional service to the nation. In 1967, Jim Thompson went on a holiday with his friends, to Malaysia. During the trip, he set out for a walk into the jungle- nobody ever saw him again.

 

Reasons to visit

The Jim Thompson house is the best example of a fusion of the Western Culture with the traditional Thai culture. Everything about the house, including the art collection and the architecture style is a testament to that. The floor is laid out with Italian Marbles of the finest quality, and there are various figurines of Buddha throughout the house. The house and its lush surroundings transport you to a calm and serene environment, away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. Art from the neighbouring countries, such as Burma and Vietnam are also included in the collection. All in all, the Jim Thompson is an impressive sight with the delightful mix of two cultures permeating throughout the home-turned-museum.

 

When to Visit

The Museum opens at 9 AM each morning, with the compulsory guided tours available throughout the day. The last guided tour is at six in the evening, after which the museum closes. The entry fee is 150 Baht, or INR 290 for adults; for students, tickets are available at the price of 100 Baht, or INR 190. The place is located at the heart of Bangkok, and is easily reached by car, taxi or the BTS.

 

Where to eat

A visit to the renowned Museum is not complete without a visit to the Jim Thompson Restaurant and Bar, which is situated in luscious compound of the museum. The food is in sync with the general vibe which the compound emanates- quirky, delicious and unpredictable. Along with an extensive Wine list, the restaurant is perfect for a getaway from the monotony of scheduled lives. However, if you’re in the mood for something more homely, many Indian restaurants are present around the Museum complex.


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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Sunset
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Operating hours

Sun:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Entry Fee

Adult:
THB 150
Child:
Free/not applicable
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Contact Details

Website: www.jimthompsonhouse.com

Phone: +(662) 216-7368

Reviews and Ratings

Venkata Rayala

Venkata Rayala4.3/5

5 reviews

Beautiful Thai Garden House

We went there in the Afternoon catching a free tuk tuk from the Main road to the House. We were charged 150 baht each for entry and the ticket came with Reading material about the House and it's History. There was an outlet selling silk items which were real good and there was also a Restaurant filled with people. On submitting ticket we were divided into groups and were allotted a guide who told us that our tour of the house will start in 20 minutes so we explored the gardens which were real beautiful. After 20 minutes a Lady guide who was real sweet and very good in English took us[10 people] inside the House and explained how the construction was done and what materials were used and also about Thai style of construction. It's just right next to BTS National Stadium. Overall I loved Jim Thompson's House and it's a must visit in Bangkok.

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Jim Thompson Thai House, Bangkok

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Silk Weaving Process
Jim Thompson Thai House, Bangkok

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Demo of how silk was made in 50