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Jim Thompson House and Museum in Bangkok

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Duration: 4 hours
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  • Learn about the life and work of legendary silk merchant Jim Thompson
  • This architectural gem houses a priceless collection of Asian artifacts

The end of a narrow, and non-descript lane in central Bangkok contains one of the city’s most popular sights: the Jim Thompson House. The former home of James Harrison Wilson Thompson, founder of the world-renowned Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company, the house is visited by over 400 people a day and serves as a museum that not only showcases Thai architecture and art, but also the vibrant and engaging personality of Thompson himself.

In 1946, Thompson left the American army and returned to live in the country he fell in love with while serving the army during World War II. Every inch of his home at Central Bangkok is a reflection of his personality. An architect himself, he constructed his home by modifying six small Thai-style houses, an amazing challenge which made him the talk of town. He opened the house for the public twice a week and handed over the proceeds to charity. Thompson's achievements during his 25 year stay in the Kingdom of Thailand earned him the nickname of the "Legendary American of Thailand". After his tragic disappearance in 1967, his house was preserved as a museum containing a priceless collection of Asia artifacts and antiques. Interestingly, Somerset Maugham was a guest for dinner at Jim Thompson's celebrated Thai house in 1959 -- then less than a year old.

Learn about Thailand’s vibrant history by visiting the home of Jim Thompson –an artist’s delight that houses Thai architecture and art collected over the years.

Itinerary

This tour is available in two options – coach and private. The private option offers you greater flexibility and you can spend as much or as little time at any of the places that you visit. Unlike the tight schedules of coach tours, the private option allows you to do the tour at your own pace.

You will be picked up from your hotel/directly from the airport and taken in either a coach or private air conditioned vehicle (depending on the chosen option) to one of the most popular tourist destinations of Bangkok, the Jim Thompson House. A local English-speaking guide will accompany you.

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. After his tragic disappearance in 1967, his house was preserved as a museum containing a priceless collection of Asia artifacts and antiques.

The 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 Jim Thompson House was completed in 1959.

At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at the original starting point.

Please note
Please call the tour operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to reconfirm the departure details.
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and Dropoff
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
Daily
Duration
4 hours
Start time
0830h (08:00am) and 1300h (1:00pm)
Meeting point
Your hotel in Bangkok or Airport.
Please mention your hotel name and address or flight details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.
Ending point
Your hotel in Bangkok or Airport
Sale price
$123.23
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Additional information
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
For coach tour, pick up time is 30 – 45 minutes before the start time.
Pattaya hotels outside the City Centre area : Ambassador Jomtien, Botanic Resort and Pinnacle Jomtien / Golden Beach are subject to a surcharge of approx USD 11 per person per way payable directly.
Guide also available in other languages with supplement charge payable directly.
For private tour, the start time is flexible.

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