One of the attractions I really enjoyed visiting in Bangkok was the Jim Thompson house. The house and the surrounding garden is a nice lush break from the noisiness of the city.
Jim Thompson was an American who helped rebuild the Thai silk industry. He settled down in Bangkok and built a house that actually consists of six Thai houses.
We arrived at Jim Thompson house in the midday, when the sun already stood high in the sky and the weather had slowly started to feel more like a sauna. I think it was the big trees in the garden that made the place feel really humid as well. The entrance fee was 100 baht, (apparently it's 200 baht now) and you could only visit the interior of the house with a guided tour. During the tour the guide told us about the history of Jim Thompson and details about the house. I found the tour to be really interesting. Did you for example know that the thresholds are so high in Thai houses both to keep the babies inside the room but also to keep bad spirits on the outside?
The house is a mixture of western and Thai culture, and Jim Thompsons art collection is also on show. You can also stroll in the garden which is a part of the property. You're not allowed to take photos inside the house, but it's allowed in the garden and in the two smaller buildings placed in the garden. The two smaller buildings was made for Thompsons gardener and housekeeper.
We didn't have to wait long for our guided tour, and while we waited we walked around the garden. The property also has a shop and a restaurant. I think we went during a good time but I would recommend going even earlier in the morning, before the sun is completely up. The weather is less warm and there's probably even fewer people.
My name is Malin. I like to take photos and make illustrations. My aim is to spread feelgood through glimpses of me and my boyfriends trips and travels, spiced with a few illustrations. We are based in Finland and our trips go both near and far. Enjoy! :)