Jim Thompson’s wonderful old house is a museum in Bangkok today. He was a famous American businessman living in Thailand involved in the Thai silk industry in the 1950s and 1960s. The beautiful 5-star Landmark Bangkok Hotel in Sukhumvit Road is the perfect place to stay while you explore this exciting city and it’s considered one of the best hotels in Downtown Bangkok for comfort and convenience.
You’re in the presence of beauty
Jim Thompson’s 19th century villa of 6 Teakwood homes is surrounded by trees – a cool oasis in a hot city. He was a keen collector of Asian art and a lover of Thai silk. His home is filled with collections of antiques and also more modern, western pieces.
As you gaze through the living room windows you get views of the Saen Saeb Canal. The place is lit by a Belgian chandelier, casting mysterious shadows on the Italian marble tiles and the wooden staircase. A sandstone Buddha image stands at the entrance to the kitchen, which still has Jim Thompson’s collection of Benjarong porcelainware.
Wandering through the home of Jim Thompson, you can’t help but notice his sophisticated style and taste and you notice one or two things such as the decorative window panels that face in instead of out. He adapted one or two things to suit his Western upbringing.
Go on a guided tour
To appreciate the home, it is best to go on a guided tour to benefit from detailed information, There is also a restaurant and souvenir shop inside where you can pick up beautiful silk items. This beautiful place is considered a must-see on a trip to Bangkok.
By Photograph by D Ramey Logan, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28070439
By Photograph by D Ramey Logan, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28070437