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