Jim Thompson House
Jim Thompson House
4.5
Speciality MuseumsArchitectural Buildings
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
This former home of an American named Jim Thompson, who started the Thai silk industry after World War II, houses a magnificent collection of Asian art and many unique displays.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Pathum Wan
How to get there
  • National Stadium • 5 min walk
  • Ratchadamri • 6 min walk
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  • leshy-travel
    Bydgoszcz, Poland276 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jim Thompson House - a tourist attraction in the center of Bangkok
    Jim Thompson's house in Bangkok is a tourist attraction located in the very center of the capital of Thailand. This place attracts both with its unique appearance and the story of its owner, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Attention is drawn to the unusual architecture of the property and the historic exhibits are delightful. Paintings, ceramics and everyday objects are also an opportunity to learn about Jim Thompson's interests and the history and culture of Thailand. That's why it's a great idea to include the museum in your plans to visit Bangkok. Amazing and beautiful place.
    Dear leshy-travel, Thank you very much for your feedback and the 5 stars you gave us. We are delighted to hear about your experience at the Jim Thompson House and we hope to welcome you back again in the near future. Best Regards, Phenarpa A. Marketing Manager
    Written 4 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2022
    Written 18 April 2023
  • M.C.Rose
    Kent, United Kingdom627 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely oasis in the middle of Bangkok
    We always visit here when we are in Bangkok. This time we didn’t do the tour but just enjoyed a coffee and snack in the cafe which has been relocated. The shop has been renovated and now an upstairs with some lovely photos and other displays. It is easy to get to from the Sky Train. Leave at National Stadium station, exit 1 and it is then a 5 minute walk.
    Dear Expedition809669, Thank you very much for visiting the Jim Thompson House and taking the time to give us a review of your visit. We hope for the opportunity to welcome you again in the near future. Best Regards, Phenarpa A.
    Written 4 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 April 2023
  • Constantine G
    50 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mystery man
    A very informative guided tour explains the main areas of this beautiful residence. However the biggest mystery is the cause of death of Mr Thompson. The cafe makes a nice iced latte and the shop has beautiful silk for sale.
    Dear constantineg718, Thank you for visiting the Jim Thompson House and taking the time to share your review with us and we hope to welcome you back here again in the near future. Best Regards, Phenarpa A.
    Written 4 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 19 May 2023
  • dontravgav
    Mission, Canada66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing artwork
    We had an excellent tour with a guide who spoke very good English. She gave us a run-down of Jim Thompson's life, then led the group through the house (actually five attached buildings). She was very knowledgeable about the architecture, Thompson's lifestyle, and the massive art collection which filled the house and was collected from all over south-east Asia. We next went outside to the gardens, a true oasis in the middle of the city. There was a room which detailed Thompson's life and his influence on the Thai silk industry, and we ended the tour at a large shop selling the silk goods still produced by the factory.
    Dear dontravgav, Thank you very much for visiting the Jim Thompson House and taking the time to give us a review of your visit. We hope for the opportunity to welcome you again in the near future. Best Regards, Phenarpa A.
    Written 24 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 June 2023
  • Aidan
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent history lesson and beautiful architecture
    Beautiful buildings with lots of historic info. Lynn was an exceptional tour guide, funny, engaging, and informative. Would recommend to anyone in BKK for their first visit. Real close to the river as well!
    Dear 886aidano, We very much appreciate your comments regarding your visit at Jim Thompson. It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback and we hope your next visit will be as pleasant as the previous one. Kind regards, Phenarpa A.
    Written 25 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 June 2023
  • TGS1969
    Tampa, Florida66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s not a temple!
    Our family of four (17 YO girl and 14 YO boy) visited the Jim Thompson house and museum. The house and the history behind it are worth the visit on their own, but after two full days of visiting temples it was a very welcome change of scenery for the kids. The tour only takes about 45 minutes (there is no A/C but there are a few fans) and it ends in a gloriously air conditioned gift shop. The house is walking distance from several multi-level shopping malls, so you can take the tour when the house opens in the morning and go to the mall for lunch afterwards. They require you to go on a guided tour - the English version was given every 20 or 30 minutes when we were there. Highly recommended!
    Dear TGS1969, Thank you very much for visiting the Jim Thompson House and taking the time to give us a review of your visit. Besides the Jim Thompson House you’ll also be able to find our restaurants, Iconic Store, Jim Thompson Art center all located within the Jim Thompson Heritage Quarter which might be of interest to you. Thank you once again for visiting us and we hope to welcome you back here again in the near future. Best Regards, Phenarpa A.
    Written 25 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 June 2023
  • Victoria
    Bangkok, Thailand2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jim Terrace During This “Rainy” Season
    Lovely quite place in a noisy city. Everyone speaks great English here, I even heard staff speaking in Chinese to other costumers. The food was well cook and seasoned definitely Thai, my father actually recommended me this place while I was in Bangkok. I hope to come back here soon with my family :) it’s perfect for anyone at any age.
    Dear Excursion08667210827, We very much appreciate your comments regarding your visit at Jim's Terrace. It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback. I will share your comments with our team. I am sure that this feedback will serve as an encouragement to all of our staff as we strive to continuously the quality of our services. Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we hope your next visit will be as pleasant as the previous one. Best Regards, Phenarpa A.
    Written 30 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 June 2023
  • bparr8
    St. Petersburg, Florida23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit for Bangkok.
    This is an excellent place to visit. The story is fascinating and the house is absolutely beautiful. We like the silk items as well. The staff is excellent and helpful and knowledgeable. We always go to the Jim Thompson house when ever we are in Bangkok. Highly recommend to go.
    Dear bparr8, We very much appreciate your comments regarding your visit at Jim Thompson. It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback. Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we hope your next visit will be as pleasant as the previous one. Kind regards, Phenarpa A. Marketing Manager
    Written 31 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 July 2023
  • Mavi5
    Invercargill, New Zealand66 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jim Thomson House
    Interesting house - the architecture and art collection eclectic and beautiful. The Spirit House was lovely. The silk also beautiful. Lovers of antiques, design, traditional structures will enjoy this.
    Dear otepuni, Thank you very much for your review. We truly appreciate hearing about the experience that you had. We hope for the opportunity to welcome you again in the near future. Best Regards, Phenarpa A. Marketing Manager
    Written 31 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 July 2023
  • Alessio0575
    Monza, Italy176 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visiting Jim Thompson House
    The house and its history are simply unique and somehow unusual in a city like Bangkok. Beautiful place to visit, surrounded by buildings and a canal, but also with a tropical garden inside. It's nice to discover the story of this american business man who made Bangkok his town. The house is actually made of several small wooden houses linked together with magnificent interiors and antiques. An hour to discover something different in suck enormous city.
    Dear Alessio0575, Thank you very much for visiting the Jim Thompson House and taking the time to give us a review of your visit. We hope for the opportunity to welcome you again in the near future. Best Regards, Phenarpa A.
    Written 6 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 1 August 2023
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Barbara K
Tokyo, Japan9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
A nice museum to kill a few hours. There is a mandatory tour that lasts about 40 minutes and is very informative. The gardens and area were lovely.
Written 9 April 2024
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T S
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Over rated and disorganized staff - not worth the detour. Restaurant also over priced. Spend your time and money elsewhere
Written 5 April 2024
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Niwagaba E
London, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Serene retreat amidst the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, showcasing the remarkable collection of art and antiques amassed by the American silk entrepreneur. Explore the traditional Thai teakwood buildings, lush gardens, and insightful exhibits that tell the story of Thompson's legacy and love for Thai craftsmanship. A hidden gem in the heart of the city.
Written 25 March 2024
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Kmiotek C
Bridel, Luxembourg393 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
One of the highlights to visit when in Bangkok. Due to the historic houses, the garden, the antiques. A guided tour is mandatory and necessary for all the insight you gain.
Written 19 March 2024
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guy m
Kuching, Malaysia82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
This is a great place, Firstly you have his house made from a collection of ancient Thai houses and full of high quality Thai artifacts. It has a great tropical garden.
Then you have the silk shop showing the value of him saving the Thai silk industry, beautiful clothes and textiles.
The cafe and restaurant are very good and often near the fishpond or established tropical gardens.
Next door is the art gallery showing mainly Thai art
Written 12 March 2024
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Alison B
Harrogate, UK135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This place was amazing, so interesting, it was so much better than I expected although I had read that it was worth a visit. We took the water taxi from our hotel and it was a 5 min walk from the taxi stop which is signposted with an arrow pointing towards Jim Thompson house. When you arrive it’s like a peaceful calming place in the heart of Bangkok. The buildings are amazing and the guide who takes you round telling you the history of the buildings and artefacts is really knowledgeable. It’s a very sad story of how Mr Thompson goes missing and has never been found, but amazing how he revived the silk trade in Thailand. Definitely worth a visit, the best thing we did in Bangkok, the Palace is very interesting but this place is much more “real”
Written 7 March 2024
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r0rschach
ontario104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This was my favorite thing that I did in Thailand!
I really did not think this was going to be my thing! The hotel we stayed in was really close and we had a couple of hours to kill so I took my wife.

I enjoyed every second!!!
The guide was fantastic, her English was perfect, making jokes and conveying information brilliantly.
The house was beautiful and it's history is fantastic.
It was such a calm and serene experience, my wife and I were there for hours and it seemed like only minutes.

So forget going to Muay Thai fights, street food, or what ever you are into.
Come and be surprised, relax in the gardens, admire the house.
Written 7 March 2024
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Alistair W
12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I visit Thailand and Bangkok pretty much annually. Really sad to see that the lunchtime menu has deteriorated a lot. Used to be able to order things like fried rice and Spring Rolls, not anymore, it all been replaced by obscure "fancy dining". Whatever it was I chose was vastly over priced and tasteless!
Written 3 March 2024
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Chris S
Eglinton, UK674 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is a great place to visit and pick up how Thai silk was promoted worldwide through one man’s foresight as well as seeing how he lived in Thailand and his collection of antiques.
The visit is 200 baht (£4.20) per person and is great value. An excellent guided tour is given (different times throughout the day for each of 5 languages) which last about 45 minutes and then one is free to wander around - good coffee shop, restaurant and gift shop on site.
Very helpful staff helped us get taxi back to hotel.
Written 29 February 2024
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Colmor12
London, United Kingdom21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A fascinating visit, not only because it is one of the few remaining wooden Thai houses in Bangkok, but because of the silk. The house is straight out of a Somerset Maughan storty - truly atmospheric.
Written 28 February 2024
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