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Jim Thompson House
valuable art collection
Valuable Art Collection
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Opening Hours:

9am to 5pm – 365 days a year


Adults 100 Thai Baht/Children 50 Thai Baht – ($3.33/$1.67)


The Jim Thompson House is the former home of a famous American businessman living in Bangkok during the 1950s and 1960s. The house itself is a wonderful example of traditional Thai architecture in the centre of modern Bangkok.

The House consists of 6 traditional Thai teakwood structures. Each building was imported from a different part of Thailand and lovingly reconstructed. The oldest parts of the house date back to the early 19th Century.

The House is located on a 1,600m2 plot on the canal side. The grounds of the house feature a lush tropical garden shielding the house from the noise of downtown Bangkok.

The interior of the house is beautifully decorated with an extensive range of art and antiques.


Jim Thompson, born in Delaware USA in 1906, settled in Bangkok following a career with the CIA during the Second World War. After a stint working at the famous Oriental Hotel, he become involved in the Thai silk trade and is credited with bringing Thai silk to the attention of the international market.

Jim Thompson was a prominent figure in Bangkok’s social scene and he was renowned for his dinner parties which were attended by many famous writers, artists and politicians of the time. The excellent restaurant at the house, open from 11am to 5pm and 7pm to 11pm, recreates the old world charm and romantic nostalgia of the life of expatriates in Indo-China.

Jim Thompson died under mysterious circumstances during a jungle trek in 1967, and following his death the house was turned into a museum.

Getting There:

Address: 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road

By train: catch the Sky Train to BTS National Stadium station and it's a 5 minute walk to the museum, shop and restaurant.


Tours start at 8am and 1pm and last 4 hours. You can choose from a private tour and a coach tour. The private tour gives you more flexibility to choose how long you stay at each place on the tour. The tour includes pick up and drop off at hotel, entrance fee and an English speaking guide. Click below to book.

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