When you hear the phrase “As smooth as silk” what comes into your mind directly? It’s Siam, a land famous for their exquisite Silk. Though Siam or Thailand as it is currently known; produced silk from days of yonder, there is one man who is responsible for its worldwide recognition and popularity. This man’s name was Jim Thompson, aka the “Legendary American of Thailand”. Visit his house and experience the art, style and the legend of Jim Thompson.
The Jim Thompson House, located in Soi Kasemsan (2) Song, opposite the National Stadium on Rama Road, is one of Bangkok’s most popular tourist haunts. You can find this most eclectically designed abode listed in almost in every Bangkok travel guide as it is the perfect example of East meets West. The house is not too far from other famous Bangkok attractions such as the Grand Palace and Siam Square so you can integrate it into your itinerary easily. Now, if you’re wondering where to stay while visiting all these attractions, you’ve got quite a lot of options available. For example Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort &Spa is just 30 minutes away from Jim Thompson’s House, so your daily travelling within Bangkok will be a comfortable affair.
Inside the delightful garden-enclosed compound are six traditional Thai teakwood houses filled with many wonders that Jim Thompson cllected during more than 30 years of living in Thailand where he dedicated much of his life to revive the then dying art of Thai silk. The house, or museum, contains many fine antiques and objets d’art such as a 17th Century standing Buddha, a wooden hand-carved figurine, a stunning Belgium chandelier and a range of decorative wall hangings depicting the life of the Buddha which are similar to ancient temple murals. When you pay a visit to the Jim Thompson House you will be given a guided tour which will explain to you in detail of the house and its many attractions.
The Jim Thompson House is not just a house that displays pure charm, art and aesthetic appeal, it also exudes a sense of enigma for in 1967, while at the pinnacle of success, Jim Thompson disappeared in the jungles of Malaysia, and even to this day his fate remains a mystery….
Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry. Google+