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Jim Thompson House and Museum in Bangkok

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Key Highlights

  • Learn about the life and work of legendary silk merchant Jim Thompson
  • This architectural gem houses a priceless collection of Asian artifacts
  • No need to print! Smartphone voucher accepted
  • Overview


    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.

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    3.5 hours

    Start time

    8am and 1pm

    Meeting Point

    Good news! You can get picked up from your hotel in Bangkok or Airport, just give us the details at the time of booking. Don't worry if you have not booked your hotel yet, you pass them onto the operator when you are ready.

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Bangkok or Airport

    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.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Hotel pickup and Dropoff
    • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
    • English speaking guide
    • Entrance fees
  • Please note

    Voucher Information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other device.

    Schedule/Program/Timetable subject to change without prior notice due to local conditions.

    S.I.C. Join tour – Available for hotel in City centre only.

    S.I.C. Join tour - Not available for Peninsula, Anantara Riverside, Millennium Hilton, Montien Riverside & Ratchada road area (Bangkok Chada, Chao Phraya Park Hotel or etc.)

    All sightseeing tours from hotel nearby Suvarnabhumi Airport area, Don Muang area & Bangkok Railway Station are subject to additional charge.

    For coach tour, pick up will be 30 to 45 minutes before the start time.

    For pick-up from Pattaya hotels outside the City Centre area : Ambassador Jomtien, Botanic Resort and Pinnacle Jomtien / Golden Beach, you are subject to a surcharge of approx USD 11 per person per way payable directly.

    Guide is also available in other languages with supplement charge payable directly.

    For private tour, the start time is flexible.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organised  activity to reconfirm.