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Jim Thompson’s House

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Jim Thompson was a famous architect, designer, silk magnate, Asian art lover and, incidentally, a spy for the Allies during World War II. Draped beside the San Saeb Canal, the house that he pieced together and filled with antiques now stands as one of Bangkok’s most popular museums.

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The burly American became infatuated with Thailand when the US Secret Service (predecessor to the CIA) assigned him to Bangkok at the end of the war. After encountering the silk weavers of Baan Krua Nua, he launched a company that revitalised the Thai silk industry and remains one of the world’s best-known producers and retailers of silk wears. In 1967, Thompson disappeared in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia, a mystery that has never been solved.

Photo guardian ... Photo taken in or around Jim Thompson’s House, Bangkok, Thailand by David Luekens.

Photo guardian ... Photo: David Luekens

To learn more about Thompson’s extraordinary life and mysterious disappearance, check out The Ideal Man: The Tragedy of Jim Thompson and the American Way of War, by Joshua Kurlantzick. It’s not sold at the museum but you can read our ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)


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