Jim Thompson’s unsolved disappearance still intrigues people throughout the world. The Thai Silk Industry as it exists today is solely thanks to his efforts, and his former house attracts millions.
Despite a background in military operations and government intelligence, Jim Thompson grew fascinated with the silk industry of Thailand, which was struggling considerably at the time. Through his efforts, the industry thrived.
Revitalising the Industry
Thompson brought new life to the Thai silk industry and lifted thousands of people out of poverty by introducing the bright colours associated with Thai silk and maintaining a cottage-based economy.
The House on the Klong
Jim Thompson was always fascinated with antiques and was a renowned collector. His love for antiques is reflected in his home as well since he built it by deconstructing a selection of up-country houses, some of which were centuries old.
An Essential Experience
The house is a beautiful collection of structures that are reminiscent of traditional Thai styling. It is now a museum, where you can learn about Jim Thompson himself, and explore his comprehensive collection of vintage items. It’s centrally located, and if you’re vacationing at a family hotel in Bangkok nearby, such as Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, then be sure to pay a visit!
Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+