Have you heard of James H.W. Thompson? If the name isn’t familiar to you, the brand Jim Thompson will surely be. One of the most renowned silk companies in the world bears the name of its founder, a self-made American entrepreneur who dedicated over 30 years of his life to reviving Thai silk. Jim Thompson was a pioneer and introduced the wonders of Thai silk to the most respectable fashion houses and catwalks in Paris, New York, London and Milan. He mysteriously disappeared in Malaysia in 1967.
Jim Thompson House is featured in all the tourist guides in Bangkok. The house itself is in fact a collection of teakwood houses that were brought from other parts of Thailand and reconstructed to Jim Thompson’s keen architectural flair. As the story goes, he arrived in Bangkok at the end of World War II and became passionately interested in Southeast Asian art and antiques. He lived in Bangkok and built this amazing enclave which is now one of the most visited museums in the city.
Open daily to the public, the museum is operated by The James H W Thompson Foundation. It is a magnificent garden-enclosed compound located on a Bangkok Canal, comprised of several traditional Thai houses and home to an impressive collection of art, antiques as well as boutique, café and event hall. With an outdoor terrace by the canal, the elegantly appointed Araya Hall caters for gatherings of including meetings, fashion shows, wedding banquets, lunches or dinners.
For more information about how to get to JIM THOMPSON HOUSE, please do not hesitate to contact our concierge.
1 Wang Mai, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330