The ultimate intention of travelling to the heart of Thailand for most tourists is the spectacularly diverse shopping experiences that Bangkok has to offer. For others, however, the city is also a haven for exploring the culture and heritage of the region embedded in the local art scene. There are a range of places in Bangkok that carry the creations of both veteran and upcoming local talent to suite many tastes. However for a one-of-a-kind experience encompassing works from neighbouring South Asian countries, the Jim Thompson House Museum is a must see visit. This museum’s diverse collection and one of a kind construction make it one of Thailand’s most popular tourist attractions.
Attracting both general holidaymakers and connoisseurs of the arts alike, the Jim Thompson House in Bangkok hosts a collection of paintings from Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Burma. The collection is largely based on Buddhist and secular themes. This assorted collection of artwork is housed in a unique architectural establishment made from antique local houses, and was compiled by a businessman, Jim Thompson, from the USA. Jim Thompson house, operated by the James H. W. Thompson Foundation, is situated in Pathumwan and benefits from the royal patronage of H. R. H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. Those that want to have a truly informative visit at this attraction can opt to go on one of the many guided tours that run daily.
Visitors to the capital who wish to experience the local art scene and popular artistic attractions can choose to pamper themselves and indulge in a stay at one of the many centrally located 5 star hotels in Bangkok. Alternatively, they could book a room at inexpensive guesthouses such as the Artist’s Place to experience a more homey and creative vibe. Travellers who are stopping by in Bangkok for business purposes however, may find the in-house amenities offered by high-end hotels such as the Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok more convenient during their short stay in the capital.
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+