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“A change from the bstling madness of the Big Mango”
Review of Jim Thompson House

Jim Thompson House
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Half-Day Jim Thompson House Tour
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Half-Day Tour of Jim Thompson House in Bangkok
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Private Tour: Jim Thompson House and Suan Pakkad Palace Museum Tour
Ranked #11 of 581 things to do in Bangkok
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This former home of an American named Jim Thompson, who started the Thai silk industry after World War II, houses a magnificent collection of Asian art and many unique displays.
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Reviewed 23 November 2013

Bangkok can be truly surprising. Here is such a place, the 'house' is actually made up of several traditional wooden Thai houses. The gardens lend a sense of tranquillity and you begin to wind down almost immediately. You are taken back a few years and get to see what sort of 'taste' the man had. It always makes me appreciate Bangkok and forget about the traffic, noise and general cityness of the place. Well worth a visit!

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Reviewed 22 November 2013 via mobile

Absolutely worth visiting.

The guides are knowledgeable and speak really good English.

The place itself is stunning as well. So many plants and really funny fish.

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Reviewed 21 November 2013

While I knew very little about Thai silk and Jim Thompson, I decided to visit in order to see the way he integrated Western and Thai approaches towards architecture. The tour guide explained the ways in which he tweaked traditional Thai building practices, such as connecting the rooms in the house and turning window panels inward so that he could enjoy the intricate carving. It was fascinating to look at all of the items that he collected before his disappearance, and the garden was beautiful. After the tour, you're allowed to wander the garden and first floor at your leisure and take photographs. No photography is allowed in the rest of the house, nor shoes for that matter.

The restaurant is reasonably priced, though the products in their store are quite costly. Of note, their woolen, modal, and rayon scarves are all made in Kashmir; I'm not sure about the linen. The place accepts credit cards, and the staff will fill out VAT forms and explain how to get your money back at customs. I finished the bulk of my Christmas shopping in the span of 30 minutes.

If you're strapped for time, this place isn't necessarily a must-see. Still, for 100 THB, it's well worth a visit if you have an hour or two to spare. It's super accessible--the shuttle from National Stadium to the House is superfluous if you're willing to walk for three minutes or so.

1  Thank Alice Y
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Reviewed 21 November 2013

Once you find it, it looks like you fell out of the city and into the jungle (relatively speaking). The history is amazing and as a Jim Thompson fan, they had every type of JT knick-knack available. What an amazing life JT had and well done to the store/foundation for detailing his history. BS: You can never go wrong with a JT pillow case for gifting purposes back home. Best gift and easy to pack.

1  Thank Brad R
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

A wonderful and charming old Thai house that is full of memorabilia and antiques, and Thai paintings.

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