Visit the Jim Thompson House for a deeper understanding of Thai history, architecture, and crafts. The collection of six teak houses and gardens belonged to an American expat who helped revive the country’s silk weaving industry and built this peaceful enclave in the mid-20th century before mysteriously disappearing in 1967.The Basics
The six teak structures that comprise the Jim Thompson House represent building styles from different parts of Thailand. Much has changed in the area since its construction in 1959—the once peaceful area near Saen Saeb Canal is now a crowded central-city neighborhood. Tour the house and gardens for a look at traditional Thai architecture, to see Thompson’s collection of Southeast Asian art, and to learn more about traditional silk-weaving techniques.
If you choose to experience Jim Thompson House independently, know that everyone must join a guided tour to see the interiors. Or, combine your visit with a day-long guided tour of Bangkok, which may include other sites such as the Grand Palace and various temples.Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- There is an entry fee to the Jim Thompson House; visitors 21 and younger get a reduced rate, and children under 10 are free.
- Tours are held in Thai, English, French, Chinese, and Japanese.
- There is an on-site cafe and gift shop.
- Jim Thompson shops and showrooms are all over Bangkok, including at the airport, so if you're pressed for time, you can always grab a souvenir later.
The Jim Thompson House is easily accessible in a central Bangkok neighborhood. Arrive by taxi, or to save time waiting in traffic, take the BTS Skytrain to National Stadium and make the short walk to the house. Alternatively, book a tour with included transport.
When to Get There
The museum is open daily. Time your visit to before or after lunch, and dine at the cafe.Shop at Chatuchak Market
The Jim Thompson House is a treasure trove of Thai design and artifacts. To pick up a few similar pieces for yourself, head to Bangkok’s Chatuchak Market. Held on Saturdays and Sundays, the market is one of the biggest in the world, with thousands of vendors. There are separate sections for food, clothing, antiques, homewares, and more.