Despite the many many years that I’ve been living in Thailand, I have never visited the Jim Thompson house museum and restaurant. Of course I had heard about it but I never really had a desire to go check it out.
So on a whim and a mood for some randomness, we decided to go check it out once and for all and see what the big deal was all about.
First impressions, ‘Wow’. Despite the narrow road you need to drive down (alternatively walking distance from the National Stadium BTS), I was pleasantly surprised by this place.
First stop was the restaurant. The decor was very nice and the place was packed. Most of the clientele were foreign tourists but I noticed quite a number of local Thai tourists as well.
We ordered a variety of dishes. We got the green curry, mussaman curry, pomelo and shrimp salad and spicy chicken tenders.
The food was very tasty and authentic. It wasn’t all too spicy (understandably for the comfort of its international tourists) but ordering some chili and fish sauce as condiments soon sorted that out. Personally, I would give the following ratings:-
Atmosphere: 8.5/10, Food: 8/10, Food Selection: 5/10 (the menu was quite limited), Drink Selection: 8/10 (lots of nice looking cocktails), Price: 6/10 (though the food was good, it was kinda pricey but as expected for a tourist attraction). Would I come back here again? Probably, but not by myself. If we had guests visiting from abroad, definitely.
Next up was the museum tour. Tickets were THB 150 and this is a mandatory guided tour. There were a variety of language options and the groups were circa 10 pax.
Before the tour, we had a wander around the other free exhibitions. Some interesting, some, quite frankly, weird and creepy.
Ok, so the tour begins. Unfortunately, you aren’t allowed to take photos inside the Jim Thompson house but thats ok. It was really interesting to see how the house was constructed and the historical stories of each room was intriguing. After the tour, we walked around and took a few pictures.
There were also a few other things going on around the compound. There was nice air conditioned shop selling beautiful silk and other Jim Thompson products (I have to admit that I am a big fan of their silk printed pocket squares – that reminds me – that will be another blog post for the future. I am a pocket square fanatic), silk extraction, silk weaving, some traditional live Thai music and dancing and all sorts.
All in all, we spent about 3 hours and I have to frankly admit that I really enjoyed it. It is child friendly and overall a nice experience. Go check it out!