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Relive Bangkok's great past in the home of Jim Thompson


The historic home of this American, who revived the silk trade, beautifully evokes the spirit of old Bangkok.

Often mentioned in the guides, this mansion in glowing teak and lined with majestic palm trees is worth a visit, not so much for the legend of its owner, a former US intelligence agent who became a silk trade magnate, as for the breathtaking journey it provides through 1,000 years of Bangkok's glorious history.

The six beautifully preserved pavilions of this great aesthete contain a superb collection of Asian porcelains, ceramics, and ancient Buddhas, and the reconstructed 19th-century weaving atelier is amazing. The guided tours are informative and humorous, the boutique sells gorgeous silks, and the adorable café serves one of the best breakfasts in town in a tropical garden, no less.

The Jim Thompson House & Museum
6 Soi Kasemsan 2
Rama 1 Road

+66 (0)2 216 7368

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