Full Day Jim Thompson Behind The Scenes

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day tour

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: All day

tour highlights

  • See the contrast of Thai style temple among tall building in the heart of Bangkok
  • Explore local Bangkok through short walk along the goldsmith and tailor home factory
  • Discover Jim Thompson's previously original silk factory of dying and weaving and see the whole process
  • Enjoy lunch in a classic restaurant
  • Get to know a house of 120-year-old Thai Herb Brand
  • Visit Jim Thompson's House & Museum

tour details

tour description

09:00 Transfer from your Bangkok city hotel to city center area then discover a hidden temple among shopping malls and skyscrapers, Wat Pathum Wanaram. A bit old as was built around 200 years ago, there are some contemporary gimmick inside the main hall such as, mural painting of Persian on boat, Thai on Elephants and European in parade of Military during wars on the walls. This matches the period of construction as the colonial expanse.

Continue walking to discover a local community where produced Thai silk for Jim Thompson's Factory, one of the oldest historical home of silk encouraging by an American soldier. Walk along a colourful canal to Ban Crua Community passing by Tailormade suit factory, Open-air Gold Smith and Manmade Silver houses to an ancient Muslim community which used to provide silk for Thompsons. There are only 2 houses left nowadays where you will see whole process of coloring and weaving by local people.

After a visit at the silk houses, walk across the bridge to another side of canal for lunch at a white classic house of Baan Moh Mee Museum & Restaurant to enjoy your lunch and signature drink of Uthai syrup with soda (A herb drink for refreshment and relief stomach-ache) Take a tour around the house where used to be a factory for Dr. Mee's Company, a famous Thai herb Brand started in 1898 or around 120 years ago. There will be medical equipment, old typewriters and Moh Mee Brand's classic products in a small museum inside.

Say good bye to Baan Moh Mee staff and walk along the living canal to Jim Thompson's House, a traditional Thai residential architecture and a collection of Southeast Asian art built by Jim Thompson. He was born in Delaware, USA in 1906 and fell in love with Thailand while in Bangkok during WWII. Jim later made his permanent home and started a business supplying fine Thai silk to overseas fashion houses, single-handedly saving what had been a dying cottage industry. His silk company continues to flourish today.

With the proceeds of his success, Thompson collected an impressive range of art works, and sections of derelict teak houses, assembling them as a museum in a lush garden alongside central Canal. The main house is full of tastefully displayed Asian art and curios including Buddha images, paintings, ceramics and antique furniture. The living areas have been kept as they were when Thompson lived there before his mysterious disappearance in Malaysia's Cameron Highlands while on holiday in 1967. Near the entrance there is a sizeable boutique selling quality silk items, books and prints

Transfer back to your hotel after the museum visit


Transfer included: Yes
Meals included: Lunch
    Tour code: EXBFDJTC

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