Another Bangkok spot worth visiting is the former residence of American, Jim Thompson, who revived the Thai silk industry with his designs and textile coloring. Born in 1906, from Greenville, Delaware, Jim Thompson joined the US army and moved permanently to Bangkok at the end of World War II. He built his home out of six traditional Thai teak houses which were combined to form his house filled with Asian antiquities and surrounded by lush gardens and moved in in 1959. In 1967, Jim Thompson went on a trip to the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia and disappeared. The mystery surrounding his disappearance has never been solved and no remains were ever found. The house also has a small cafe and an adjacent shop with many beautiful things created using Thai silk and textiles.
6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road
Telephone: +66 2 216 7368
Open daily from 9:00 to 5:00. Compulsory guided tours only and no photos allowed inside the house.