Located at the heart of Bangkok, the Jim Thompson House is the home of Jim Thompson, an American entrepreneur who housed an extensive collection of Thai and Southeast Asian art collection in this traditional teak home, including sculptures, paintings, porcelains, etc. With a peaceful jungle-like garden setting, this charming house composed of six traditional Thai-style houses is a key stop for travelers to Bangkok.
Jim Thompson is not only a silk trader but an antique collector. He collected artworks which are predominantly from Southeast Asian countries. In 1958, he purchased six separate old houses from various parts of the country and adapted them in 1959 to display his collections. Most parts of the house were purchased from the royal capital of Ayuthaya and the oldest part of the main house is an early 19th-century house brought from the silk weaving village of Bang Krua, across the canal.
Tips: the Jim Thompson House is open from 09:00 to 17:00 everyday with the last guided tour at 17:00. When you visit it, do check out the Jim Thompson Center for the Arts above the silk shop.