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Jim Thompson’s Story of Silk

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

American entrepreneur Jim Thompson worked to bring Thai silk to the world, then filled his historic Bangkok home with a peerless collection of antiques, pottery, silk, and curiosities. Hear the story of his life and mysterious death on a guided, 3-hour tour of the Jim Thompson house, with round-trip transport from downtown Bangkok hotels and entrance fees included.
  • 3-hour Jim Thompson house tour
  • Learn about traditional Thai silks
  • See a historic teak home
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Pickup and drop-off from downtown Bangkok hotels
  • Led by a local guide
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A half day tour with a professional English-speaking guide.
Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
All applicable taxes and service charges
Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees
Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pickup is available from most centrally located Bangkok hotels. Transfer outside these areas, supplements apply.

Choose a morning or afternoon tour, then meet a driver at your accommodations in downtown Bangkok. Travel to the Jim Thompson house, in the heart of Bangkok’s city center: start by learning the story of the American businessman and traveler, who made it his life’s work to bring Thai silks to the world’s fashion houses, then explore his remarkable home.

This is one of the best places in Bangkok to see traditional Thai teak homes, as Thompson assembled his using historic houses shipped to Bangkok from around the country. Find out what is known — and what remains a mystery — about Thompson’s 1967 disappearance in the Malaysian jungle, then explore the collection of art that he assembled during 25 years in Thailand.

Before leaving the museum, you’ll have time to visit the small gift shop with reproductions of artists Vessantara Jataka and Brahma Jati, and enjoy the serene atmosphere of the lush, tropical gardens that surround the house. After visiting the house and gardens, a driver will return you to your accommodations, where this tour concludes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Jim Thompson House
Our guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel either in the morning or in the afternoon. We drive from your hotel right into the city centre to stop at Jim Thompson’s House. Jim Thompson was the legendary American architect-entrepreneur who settled in Thailand after WW II and almost single-handedly revived the moribund silk industry. Thompson's achievements during his 25 year stay in the Kingdom of Thailand have won him much fame as the "Legendary American of Thailand". Since his mysterious disappearance in 1967 in the jungle of Malaysia, little has changed in the home that was the 'talk of the town' and the 'city's most celebrated social centre'. Once his official residence, this complex of Thai-style homes and ornamental gardens is a fine example of authentic Thai architecture. The home was constructed by skilfully combining multiple Thai houses. Even today, this museum contains an impressive collection of art, collectables and antique objects continues to be a key stop for visitors to Bangkok. Jim's maze of seven Thai-style teak houses has since been converted into a small private museum filled with his priceless collection of Asian antiques, pottery, and curiosities. A small gift shop sells fine reproductions of Vessantara Jataka and Brahma Jati horoscopes. Yet, at this moment the city boasts with a variety of Jim Thompson’s silk houses in the more up-market shopping areas, where this excellent Thai promotional product can be bought. After touring all the corners of the house and the lush gardens, our guide and driver will safely bring you back to your hotel.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Bangkok areas and restricted to main hotels only.
  • Regions outside the central business district such as Khao San Road, Rattanakosin, Nonthaburi, Thonburi, Minburi, both International Airports, Ratchadapisek and upper Sukhumvit (Soi 55 and further) are excluded and supplementary charges apply.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We regret that we are unable to provide pick-up and drop-off transfer services from and to apartment complexes, local guest houses or private apartments. We advise you kindly to head on your own arrangement to the nearest hotel inside the downtown Bangkok area.
  • To respect local customs and respecting the religious sites and temples on this tour, it is customary for guests to take off their shoes before allowed entrance. Your guide will inform you in advance for which of these sites this is applicable.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • There will be ample time for customers to spend time on their own to admire the sites at their own pace or browse along the shops for souvenirs. When additional time needs to be allocated for more time at leisure or shopping, this can be discussed with the guide on spot.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • Guides are not permitted into the house for guiding purposes; the management of Jim Thompson’s House of Silk only allows in-house guides to conduct tours.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Asian Trails LTD

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Jim Thompson’s Story of Silk?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Jim Thompson’s Story of Silk.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Jim Thompson’s Story of Silk?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Jim Thompson’s Story of Silk.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Jim Thompson’s Story of Silk?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Jim Thompson’s Story of Silk.

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The tour is mediocre. We had an...
Katherine L
, Mar 2017
The tour is mediocre. We had an interesting guide on the tour, but because of the number of groups moving around the property, it was difficult for linger in the house or for the guide to provide more information on how the silk production works. We do really like the professionalism of the tour guide and driver from Asian Trails.
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Excellent guide, prompt arrival...
VICTORIA W
, Nov 2016
Excellent guide, prompt arrival, patient and accommodating driver and guide. The only thing that should be noted is that you must join a regularly scheduled tour, so that when you book a private guide through Viator you are booking RT transportation, and individual guide only for the parts of the tour that do not include going inside the house, etc. Those tours are included in your cost through Viator but are separately conducted at specific times. Other than that overall outstanding.
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