An elusive CIA agent with an architectural background, discerning artistic taste and formidable entrepreneurial skill, the man Jim Thompson had all the criteria to be a protagonist of a best-selling novel interwoven with elements of mystery, suspense and bewilderment. Having single-handedly turned the traditional Thai silk weaving craft into an empire with significant worldwide presence, Jim Thompson decided to make use of his outstanding architectural knowledge and constructed a huge house with beautiful touch of Thai features in the midst of a jungle-like garden on a vast piece of land in Bangkok. 8 years after moving into the magnificently constructed antique Thai house, Jim Thompson mysteriously disappeared while on a visit to the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia at the age of 61 in year 1967, the year which his astrologer predicted bad omen, as we were told during our guided tour at the marvelous Jim Thompson’s House.
Today, this excellently preserved Thai mansion is a museum showcasing various interesting personal art collections of the man, and an awesome tourist attraction displaying the uniqueness of Thai architectural structures and heritage. The visit was extremely organized with regular slots of guided tours in different languages of your choice be it English, Mandarin, French or Japanese. Free shuttle service to and fro the nearest skytrain station was provided. The visit was intertwined with various lovely little surprises; from graceful traditional Thai dance performance, free postcards souvenir, to demonstration of silk-weaving techniques at the compound.
Exit 1 of National Stadium Station (Skytrain Silom Line). Go straight ahead to the end of Soi Kasem San 2. Jim Thompson’s House is on the left.
Adult 100 baht; child 50 baht
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.