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Silk and Teak at the Jim Thompson House

To hear of an attraction in Bangkok called the "Jim Thompson House" was a little strange as it sounds as indigenous to Thailand as a plate of fish and chips. However, it turns out the place is a little oasis of six traditional teak houses, reconstructed to create one enviously livable dwelling, which is stuffed full of superb examples of Thai arts and crafts.

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Jim Thompson's significance in Thailand doesn't end there though, as he seemingly singlehandedly turned traditional Thai silk weaving from a dying art into an international industry.

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What sealed his place in history perhaps is that Jim Thompson then mysteriously disappeared when out for a stroll in Malaysia. To this day, his house remains set up and prepared, with cutlery on the table, as if he is about to return home for dinner.

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Visiting Jim Thompson's House involved an obligatory guided tour of the house interiors and the grounds. No photos are allowed inside and visitors aren't allow into the house upstairs on their own.

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However, wandering around the lush gardens in our own time is pleasant enough and so here are a few more photos to help illustrate what can be seen.

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In a separate building from Jim Thompson's House, there's a large shop containing lots of products from his Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company and above, there's space for what seems like ongoing temporary exhibitions.

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Inside, we saw one wall of scents which seemed to be inspired by the twelve animals from the zodiac calendar.

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And another wall containing decorative, figure hugging outfits that also seemed to reflect the zodiac.

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