Jim Thompson’s House

American silk entrepreneur Jim Thompson deserves most of the credit for the current popularity of Thai silk around the world. Having travelled to Bangkok with the US Army in World War II, Thompson was struck by the beauty of Thai silk and began marketing it to US buyers in 1948, establishing the Thai Silk Company Limited. His fame increased when, in 1967, Thompson disappeared in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia under mysterious circumstances. He has never been heard of since. The house itself is an excellent example of Thai residential architecture, and inside is a display of his Oriental art and antique collection, as well as an array of his personal belongings.

Address: 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road

Website: www.jimthompsonhouse.com

Telephone: 662 216 7368

Opening times: Daily 9am-5pm.

Admission: THB 100 adults, THB 50 children (proceeds to Bangkok’s School for the Blind).