The culture of Thailand is old and interesting, having gone through several phases of development over the centuries. Architecture and the arts, of course, are an expression of this. We can find interesting examples in the north, from over a thousand years ago, and observe as the people’s and their creations moved southward over time. At the same time, there were certain influences which traveled upward, as well as the earlier civilizations that were replaced such as Mon and Khmer.
One man who deeply appreciated the beauty of Thai culture and wished to present it to the world was the American businessman, Jim Thompson, and the best of his discoveries are on display at what is known throughout Thailand as the Jim Thompson House.
Best known for revitalizing the indigenous silk industry of Thailand during the 1950s and 60s, he was also a lover of architecture. One of his greater tributes to the art is the Jim Thompson House itself, which brings together six fascinating examples of authentic regional Thai homes connects them, refurbished, in an intriguing way.
Definitely worth a visit for its beauty alone, the Jim Thompson House also displays the lavish and varied antique collection which the ex-architect,
retired army officer, one-time spy, and a silk merchant had gathered throughout his fascinating life, featuring examples from all over East and Southeast Asia, as well as certain beautiful pieces from Europe.
On the grounds of the Jim Thompson House, visitors will also find a lovely silk shop and a fine dining restaurant. It is perfect for a half-day trip filled with artistic beauty and the serenity that surrounds the house, itself a work of art and filled with art.
A convenient factor is also that the Jim Thompson House is only a very short ways from VIE Hotel Bangkok, MGallery by Sofitel. It is just one stop on the BTS Skytrain, found right outside the hotel, at Siam station.