|The Jim Thompson House Bangkok|
Visitors are taken to the museum, barefoot, in groups led by official guides. A new tour starts every 30 minutes during the day and your entry ticket will have the tour timing written on it. Visitors are free to walk around and take pictures in the open areas before and after the guided tour. That means one can remain on the premises for as long as desired.
The Guided Tour
|Jim Thompson House Bangkok|
|Jim Thompson House Compound Bangkok|
The guided tour starts with a small background story of the house and its former occupant. Then the visitors are asked to deposit their shoes and cameras at the designated counter and are led up the house. There are a few rooms and a few exhibits but the guide is not able to say much about them. Apparently there is not much to say. Surprisingly, the guide in my tour spent a lot of time talking about some emergency crap-pots kept in the rooms. I was already eager to climb down and put my shoes back on.
The Silk Exhibit
|Silk Yarn Being Extracted From Boiling Silk Worm Cocoons|
This actual exhibit of boiling cocoons of silk worms (with the actual insect boiling inside) and the silk being extracted was an eye catcher.
Getting To Jim Thompson House
|Soi Kasem San 2 Near National Stadium BTS Station Exit 1|
One needs to get down from the National Stadium BTS Station Exit Number 1 and look for Soi Kasem San 2. The house is inside the soi, about 200 meters. There is a free tuk tuk service to ferry visitors to and from the main road.
I guess it would be OK to go to Jim Thompson House if one is in the area and has nothing else to do but it will help to keep one's expectations low. It is just a Thai house converted to a public place after the disappearance of the owner. The entry fee of 150 THB (100 THB for age under 22) seemed a little too much to me. Official Website: http://www.jimthompsonhouse.com/index.asp
|Posted by Narinder Singh|