Day Trip: Jim Thompson House

Published on 5th October 2013 by Stickboy BKK

In 1959, 12 years after he discovered the fine silks being woven across the klorng in Baan Krua and single-handedly turned Thai silk into a hugely successful export business, American Jim Thompson bought this piece of land on Khlong Saen Saeb and built himself a house.

Jim Thompson House Bangkok

It wasn’t, however, any old house. Thompson’s love of all things Thai saw him buy six traditional wooden homes and reconstruct them in this jungle-like garden.

Some of the homes were brought from the old royal capital of Ayuthaya; others were pulled down and floated across the klorng from Baan Krua – including the first building you enter on the tour.

This is well worth a look if you are looking to pass the afternoon doing something a little different.

Beware of the touts in soi near the Thompson house who will tell you it is closed and then try to haul you off on a dodgy buying spree.

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