Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Bangkok: Day 3 @ Jim Thompson House & Museum

An early morning visit to Jim Thompson House and Museum which was a train ride away from our hotel. Getting down at BTS National Stadium Station exit 1, turn right into Soi Kasemsan 2 with about 10 mins walk to the museum located towards the end of the road on the left. Thankfully, we arrived early so the crowd has not formed yet.

After paying for our tickets, we were ushered to the relevant tour guide according to language spoken i.e. English for us. After gathering a batch of us, the talented guide started the tour by explaining in details, the background, the history, etc. along the way as she brings us around the house. Too bad we weren't allowed to take any photos inside... the antiques were so intricately beautiful! We were also not allowed to wear our shoes nor carry our huge bags in case we wrecked the antiques or fixtures accidentally. It may not be much to some but it was an eye-opening experience for us as we enjoyed the lovely traditional Siamese house.

Background: Jim Thompson was an American who was born in Greenville, Delaware, in 1906. He was sent to Bangkok as a military officer and fell in love with Thailand. After leaving the service, he decided to return and live here permanently. He devoted himself to reviving the craft of hand weaving silk which was a long neglected cottage industry. On March 26th 1967, Jim Thompson disappeared while on a visit to the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia.

Ticket price: THB150 per pax
Address: 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok
Website: www.jimthompsonhouse.com
Opens everyday 9am to 6pm.

All in all, it was done less than 2 hours after which we headed to MBK for lunch. Below were some of the photos taken including some demonstration of silk weaving:
Our tour has started!





Some serene looking facade...












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