Probably one of the most famous attractions in Bangkok is the Jim Thompson House. It’s a museum that houses the American’s collection of Southeast Asian artifacts. The complex itself is made up of small houses attached to each other to form a big traditional Thai home. From the man who ‘almost singlehandedly saved Thailand’s vital silk industry from extinction’, it also features the history of silk industry in the country and showcases the intricacy of making the luxurious Thai silk.
Going there is easy. The nearest BTS station is the one at National Stadium (Silom Line/Green Line). The museum is located on a side street right of the Skytrain. So once you come down from the station, it will be a 5-min walk to the house. It won’t be hard to identify, as there will be a huge signboard hanging on a pole infront of the complex.
Entering the complex, they’ve laden a tableful of silk threads, baskets of cocoons, and a local guy demonstrating how to dissolve cocoons in boiling water to make it easier to reel the thread on a spindle.
The Main House
Guides will assist you around the grounds explaining in detail all the bits and pieces that or showcased around the complex. What’s impressive is they have multi-lingual local tour guides. From Spanish to Mandarin, Russian to French; they have it all covered. Downside is, some of them have thick accent, you hardly can understand what they are saying in English. If you have the stroke of luck getting a guide like that, just make the most out of it. They’re all nice and helpful.
The ground floor of the house is basically open air, where live cocoons and worms are on display.
The second floor is the living area of the house. Unfortunately, cameras are restricted.
Around the Complex
Some of the SE Asian artifacts housed in a small hut beside the main building were the maids used to stay.
Jim Thompson House 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Rd, Bangkok Tel: (662) 216-7368 Fax: (662) 612-3744
For more informations visit the website: Jim Thompson House