Jim Thompson House

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Afar Magazine

As you wander this unusual mansion, marvel at the architecture and treasures contained within. Full review →



He not only made the country's silk famous throughout the world, he also collected an amazing array of Asian artifacts including traditional Thai paintings, sculpture, and porcelain.


Condé Nast Traveler

American adventurer and entrepreneur who came to Bangkok during World War II as a U. S. spy... later returned to settle down and single-handedly reinvent the Thai silk industry. Full review →


Fodor's Tick Choice

Thompson imported parts of several up-country buildings, some as old as 150 years, to construct his compound of six Thai houses. Full review →


Frommer's 35

American architect Jim Thompson settled in Bangkok after World War II, where he worked for American Intelligence and became fascinated by Thai culture and artifacts. Full review →


Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

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. Full review →


Michelin Guide 55

Surrounded by greenery along San Sap khlong, this unusual teak house once belonged to the American Jim Thompson. Full review →


Time Out Tick Critics' Choice

The revival and global fame of Thai silk owes much to Jim Thompson, a US architect who came to Thailand at the end of World War II with the OSS (now the CIA) and settled. Full review →


Travel + Leisure

American Jim Thompson is credited with revitalizing the dying Thai silk industry in the mid-20th century, but he is equally well-known for his mysterious and unsolved disappearance in 1967. Full review →

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