The Jim Thompson House is the home
of James H.W. Thompson, a self-made American entrepreneur who was the
founder of the world renowned Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company. Thompson's
achievements during his 25 year stay in the Kingdom of Thailand have won him
much fame as the "Legendary American of Thailand".
his contribution to the development of the Thai Silk industry, Jim Thompson was
awarded the Order of the White Elephant, a decoration bestowed upon foreigners
for having rendered exceptional service to Thailand. Thompson's success story
in Thailand has become one of the most popular postwar legends of Asia.
1967, Jim Thompson went on holiday with friends to the Cameron Highlands in
Malaysia. There he set out for a walk in the surrounding jungle but never
returned. Thus began the Jim Thompson legend.
his disappearance in 1967, little has changed in the home that was the 'talk of
the town' and the 'city's most celebrated social center'. Even today, the
charming Thai style house continues to be a key stop for visitors to Bangkok.
the supporting columns and consequently, the walls of the house lean slightly
inward adding to the illusion of height and grace. The curved roof ends,
characteristic of traditional Thai houses, are probably adaptations of naga
house consists of a complex of six traditional Thai-style houses, teak
structures that were purchased from several owners and brought to the present
location from various parts of Thailand. Construction of the Thai house was
completed in 1959.
Original architectural drawings for the
house, prepared by Thompson and his Thai architect.
During construction, carpenters were brought from
Ayutthaya to assemble the old structures.
The Jim Thompson House Floor Plan
Open: Daily from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Admission: 100 baht.
Ancient City The Ancient City is
located at Km. 33 on Sukhumvit Road, Samut Prakan Province. This is the world’s
largest outdoor museum that consists of gigantic sized replicas of famous
buildings, monuments, and temples found in all parts of Thailand. Visitors can
travel around by private car in the area of 320 acres, which is approximately
the geographic shape of Thailand.
Open: Daily from 8.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m.
Admission: Adult 100 bath Child 50 baht
Museum Bangkok currently houses three permanent
1. The Thai History Gallery located in the front of the Siwamokhaphiman
Hall, a ceremonial building.
2. The Archaeological and Art History Collections which are divided in
(i) The Prehistory Gallery, located in the
back of the Siwanmokhaphiman Hall, and Gallery No. S6 on the upper floor of the
South Wing Building.
(ii) The Art History Gallery, located in
the North Wing Building, which displays sculptures and exhibits from the
Dvaravati, Srivijaya and Lopburi periods, (before 1257 AD) up to the Bangkok
3. The Decorative Arts and Ethnological Collection which is displayed in
the old central palace buildings. This collection contains a variety of
artistic, cultural and ethnographic exhibits such as gold treasures and
precious stones, mother of pearl inlay, royal emblems and insignia, costumes
and textiles, ceramics, carved ivory, old royal transportation, old weapons and
Opening Time: daily except Mondays
Guided tours at the National Museum by National Museum Volunt In
English and France every Wenesday & Thursday at 9.30 am.
Museum entrance fee 50 Baht
The Royal Barges National Museum This
dry dock, where several royal barges are displayed. These barges were used on
Royal and government occasions and formerly served war vessels. One of the most
beautiful and well-known barge is "Suphanahong" used by the King only, now
replaced by the "Narayana Song Suban Rama IX" as the King's Royal Barge. Royal
Barges will be used for the Royal river procession for the Kathin ceremony a
Buddhist tradition of offering robes to monks, usually during October or
November. The Royal barges proceeded during the Rattankosin Bicentennial
celebrations. The unique design and decorative details of each barge should be
of great interest to all visitors.
Opening Time: 8.30 a.m.- 4.30 p.m.
Admission fee: 30 baht