Jim Thompson House

The Jim Thompson House museum is built in traditional teak wood style and is now a museum displaying  a large valuable collection of Thai arts such as Benjarong (a multicoloured porcelain). The ‘House by the Klong’ of the late Jim Thompson also known as the ‘Father of Thai Silk’ in Thailand. Jim Thompson was an American who came to Thailand at the end of WWII and helped to revive the Thai silk industry.

Jim Thompson House

Like all places of interests in Thailand always beware of the touts trying to tell you the museum is closed or offering to take you to a jewelry shop one street over. The 100 baht entrance fee (50 baht for students and young) tours are available in Thai, English, French and Japanese. If Locals will tell you that the museum is closed, do not believe them, it opened seven days a week! There is a total of six teak buildings at the museum which represent the best Thai architecture.

Take a tour (100/50 THB) to know all about the traditional religious rituals and silk. This is truly an amazing place! The Jim Thompson House is located close to the BTS National Stadium Station and also located close to the Siam Center in Bangkok. There are a number of really high-end hotels such as the Novotel Bangkok and the Vie Hotel in Bangkok.

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Museum Layout

Opting for a tour guide, you have the flexibility to choose from French, English, Korean, or Chinese options. Although the prices might lean towards the steeper end, the food remains delightful and offers a commendable selection of products. This establishment serves as an ideal destination for either an extraordinary meal or a delightful family night out.

A visit to this tranquil oasis in Bangkok is a journey into serenity. The museum exudes a sense of tranquility, accompanied by exquisite gardens and meticulously crafted architecture and interior decor. The museum provides guided tours lasting approximately 45 minutes, available in various languages.


Jim Thompson History

During the tour, you’ll delve into the history of Jim Thompson and his invaluable contributions to Thai culture, encompassing not only the construction of his residence but also his role in elevating Thai silk to a cherished global fashion material. Moreover, the enigma surrounding his mysterious disappearance is explored. Along this enlightening path, you’ll also glean insights into traditional Thai architectural styles and domestic living culture. Complementing the experience, the grounds feature a cozy cafe and a restaurant. This stop is an absolute must on your Bangkok itinerary.

During my visit, it became apparent that this destination primarily attracts tourists rather than locals, despite the captivating narrative behind the house and the renown of Thai silk craftsmanship. Within its walls, distinct sections unfold, encompassing guided tours offered in foreign languages (English, Chinese, and Japanese), a charming cafe, a boutique, and a revamped restaurant. Remarkably, the entrance fee is a mere 200 baht, granting you a comprehensive 45-minute tour. Likewise also see the Patumwan House as well as the Democracy Monument as well.

Stepping into Jim Thompson’s realm evokes an ambiance that transports you away from bustling Bangkok. The cafe’s fare and beverages prove satisfactory, although the prices seemed slightly elevated in relation to the portion sizes. On a positive note, the brand store’s second floor houses a rotating exhibition, open for all to enjoy at no cost.


The Jim Thompson House Map

Museum, Arts & Crafts Store, and Art Gallery
6 Soi Kasem San 2 (Rama I Rd.), Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Jim Thompson House

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