Jim Thompson's House and Museum
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- 98%Local Culture
- 91%Art & Design Lovers
- 81%History Buffs
- 67%Family Travelers
- 66%Green Travelers
- 66%Luxury Travelers
- 58%Budget Travelers
Member Reviews (22)
- Jim Thompson's House and MuseumMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Nov 06, 2013
Jim Thompson's House is a wonderfully restored traditional Thai house. Although many people just visit the gift shop / boutique, the house itself is the star attraction here. Plan your visit so that you have enough time to get tickets and join one of the tours. You'll need 1.5 - 2 hours to get the full experience of the tour, tea / lunch, and a little shopping.
The boutique has high quality silk items that make good souvenirs. The designs tend toward the conservative. My personal favorites are the place mats, picture frames, and linens.
- Jim Thompson's House and MuseumMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Feb 07, 2014
Visiting the complex of houses i could perfectly imagine myself living actually there. The traditional architecture with extremely good taste in decor, gardens, the silks on the furniture...everything was a small paradise. Loved the guided tour, to get details on how Jim Thomson managed to promote and develop the silk business. Loved it and you shouldn t miss it while in BKK.
- Jim Thompson's House and MuseumMember ofLocal CultureAdventure TravelersOct 25, 2013
If you're a Graham Greene fan, you'll get a kick out of visiting spooky Jim Thompson's House in Bangkok. His larger than life persona as Thailand's most famous CIA operative may have inspired the book and subsequent film 'The Quiet American.' His house (now a museum) is an architectural fusion of different Thai styles with a twist - Ol' Jim didn't believe in the Buddhist notion that having broken statues of Buddha around was bad luck - he paid for this disbelief by disappearing somewhere in Malyasia in the late 1960's.
- Jim Thompson's House and MuseumMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Oct 17, 2013
Sort of off-the-beaten-path in Bangkok. Located in a quiet little street. The house amazingly well built and beautifully decorated. Reading about Jim Thompson's personal history and his life in Bangkok was very interesting. Great place to rest for a while - quiet and peaceful.
- Jim Thompson's House and MuseumMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersGreen Travelers+ 1Sep 15, 2013
Lovely gardens, a fantastic restaurant and really cool silk print shirts. The style feels a little Tommy Bahama, but I'm a sucker for elephants on clothing, so pull out the MasterCard! The house is unbelievably beautiful and a throw back to another era. I wish I had been Jim Thompson!
- Jim Thompson's House and MuseumMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Aug 14, 2013
Jim Thompson was an American CIA agent sent to Thailand in 1940's. He help revitalized the Thai silk industry and build Jim Thompson brand which is a well respected brand in Thailand. This is the house he used to live. The complex consists of 6 Thai style houses. They offer guided tours which is not that exciting. The museum store has some cool products that you can bring home to friends. However, don't worries if you miss this store, as you can find Jim Thompson stores all over town and at the airports.
- Jim Thompson's House and MuseumJul 05, 2012
I'm honestly not a huge fan of this, despite it supposedly being a must see on everyone's list. As the story goes, Jim Thompson, an old war vet who fell in love with Bangkok, revised the silk industry there, making millions and winning the hearts of locals everywhere. Seriously - he is supposedly loved by all. In any case, one day he disappeared into the jungle (the story involves dark and mysterious undertones that are likely made up, but who knows) and left his amazingly huge house behind. This house, and ode to Thai architecture, is now a museum. The problem: it's a pretty boring museum in my opinion.