The Jim Thompson House
is the home of James H.W. Thompson, a self-made
American entrepreneur who was the founder of the world
renowned Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company. Thompson's
achievements during his 25 year stay in the Kingdom
of Thailand have won him much fame as the "Legendary
American of Thailand".
in his house, with Cocky,
his pet white cockatoo.
For his contribution
to the development of the Thai Silk industry, Jim Thompson
was awarded the Order of the White Elephant, a decoration
bestowed upon foreigners for having rendered exceptional
service to Thailand. Thompson's success story in Thailand
has become one of the most popular postwar legends of
In 1967, Jim Thompson
went on holiday with friends to the Cameron Highlands
in Malaysia. There he set out for a walk in the surrounding
jungle but never returned. Thus began the Jim Thompson
Since his disappearance in 1967,
little has changed in the home that was the 'talk
of the town' and the 'city's most celebrated social
center'. Even today, the charming Thai style house
continues to be a key stop for visitors to Bangkok.
Both the supporting columns
and consequently, the walls of the house lean
slightly inward adding to the illusion of height
and grace. The curved roof ends, characteristic
of traditional Thai houses, are probably adaptations
of naga (serpent) motifs.