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The silk root
Almost everyone visiting the Jim Thompson House imagines living like the almost-legendary American in exquisite teak stilt dwellings amid a lush canal-side garden. Thompson’s 1959 residence, created from six old Thai houses, pioneered the neo-traditional style that now infuses hotels and spas.
Before he disappeared on a Malaysian walking holiday in 1967, Thompson had turned the declining craft of Thai silk into a global luxury fabric. The house draws flavour from the foods of its communities. Thai restaurants reflect royal and regional specialities, with influences from the traditions of settler groups – Chinese, Indian and Muslim – plus international cuisine.
The huge expatriate quarters support a superb range of restaurants, from Arab to Japanese, American to every kind of European. Meanwhile, most Thais dine streetside, sharing dishes from specialist vendors and beloved holes-in-the-wall.
Jim Thompson House
Soi Kasem San 2, Bangkok
Phone: (662) 216-7368
Open Hours: Opening Hours : 09:00 to 17:00 everyday with the last Guided Tour at 17:00*
Price: Cost money