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“Bangkok of yesteryear”
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Jim Thompson House
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Private Tour: Jim Thompson House and Suan Pakkad Palace Museum Tour
Ranked #11 of 570 things to do in Bangkok
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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.
Reviewed 18 May 2014

Ah, Jim Thompson, better known for reviving Thai silk, best known for disappearing.
Thompson loved Thailand and he had a great eye for beauty - evidenced in his house, a traditional Thai house with western touches and in his antique collection. The place is located in a small street, tucked enough to make you forget about Bangkok's bustle. A guide is compulsory for the house, but you can explore the garden alone afterwards. The guided tour is very informative and lasts about 35 mins.
There is a restaurant and a gift shop that sells exquisite silk products in the premises.

Thank Katja S
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

Guided tours are available and included in the entrance fee. Very enjoyable guided tour and improved my understanding of Jim Thompson and Thai culture. Have free tuk tuk shuttle from Jim Thompson House to BTS station.

Thank Amekyo
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

This is a very nice place to visit in central Bangkok. Walking barefoot on those nicely polished floors was a delight.

Thank mknecpal
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

A huge part of the attraction of this homestead is the mystery around the disappearance of Jim Thompson, the man who 'introduced' silk to Thailand. But for me even more so was the beauty and absolute tranquility it has in this busy BUSY city. One has the chance to explore the garden on your own but the tour of the different original Thai buildings one has to do with a guide. In these one is not allowed to take pictures. These are some beautiful artifacts and the stories surrounding them are rich. There is also a restaurant and shop on the premises. The latter sells really exquisite clothing and gifts, something unique for someone special.

Thank brutalbrat
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

Loved Jim Thompson House because I love his work.
There are compulsory guided tours that leave every 30 mins or so. My local Thai guide was very entertaining and spoke very good English and the tour was actually very useful and informative, so I am glad it is compulsory. It is not that long and then you get time afterwards to go back through his house at your own pace.
It was interesting to see how a foreigner took a group of traditional Thai houses and turned it into one home. He has some beautiful pieces in his house.
There is a coffee shop there - but I didnt use it.
I spent a fair amount of time and a good few baht in the shop (it is the same prices and goods as to what is sold in the mall shops).
There is a little free shuttle at the top of the main street that will take you down the Soi in which the museum is to the entrance.

Thank TessaClare
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