American silk entrepreneur Jim Thompson deserves most of the
credit for the current popularity of Thai silk around the world.
Having travelled to Bangkok with the US Army in World War II,
Thompson was struck by the beauty of Thai silk and began marketing
it to US buyers in 1948, establishing the Thai Silk Company
Limited. His fame increased when, in 1967, Thompson disappeared in
the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia under mysterious circumstances.
He has never been heard of since. The house itself is an excellent
example of Thai residential architecture, and inside is a display
of his Oriental art and antique collection, as well as an array of
his personal belongings.
Address: 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road Website: www.jimthompsonhouse.com Telephone: 662 216 7368 Opening Time: Daily 9am-5pm. Admission: THB 100 adults, THB 50 children (proceeds to Bangkok's
School for the Blind).
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