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Jim Thompson's House and Museum
NileGuide Expert Says:
To many travelers this sight may seem boring and unappealing. But apart from the option to buy beautiful, cheap silk, the grounds and museum are a feast for the eyes and tell interesting and mysterious stories that all can enjoy.
Thanon Rama I, Wang Mai, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand
02 216 7368
Once the residence of James H.W. Thompson, the "Legendary American of Thailand", the Jim Thompson House is now one of the top tourist destinations in Bangkok. Comprising of six traditional teak houses, the traditional Thai-style complex was completed in 1959 and has been converted to a museum to honor its original owner and his legacy. In the middle part of the 20th Century, Thompson reinvigorated development of the Thai silk industry and collected art and artifacts from all over Thailand and the region, but mysteriously disappeared while on a trip to Malaysia in 1967. Many of his possessions are on display at the Jim Thompson House, and guided tours take guests around the stunning property.