Bangkok is a feast for the eyes and ears. It’s a noisy and colorful city, full of motorbikes, food vendors and traffic. After a day or 2 of exploring, you’ll crave a quiet spot to relax. The Jim Thompson House provides just that.
Located in the heart of Bangkok, The Jim Thompson House is billed as “an American’s homage to Thai houses.” James H.W. Thompson established the Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company after WWII. Thompson’s silk business was successful and he settled in Thailand in a construction of 6 traditional Thai-style teak structures. The structures were moved from locations around Thailand and then reassembled into a complex. Thompsons’s complex became the talk of the town, and he collected art to house in the interior.
In 1967 during a vacation trip, Thompson walked off into the jungles of the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia, and was never heard from or seen again.
Thompson’s housing complex is still in Bangkok, and today it is a quiet spot in the center of a bustling city. The grounds are surrounded by thick foliage. Visitors can wander around the grounds and houses, or pay a small fee for a guided tour. The architecture is calming; sloped roofs and tall rectangular windows accentuate the outside. Inside, dark teak dominates and is punctured by the large windows, which let in light and views of deep green scenery.
If your travels take you to Bangkok, don’t forget about this little oasis of calm.